GROUND LEVEL, GALLERIES 6 & 7
ALESSANDRO BOSSHARD, LI TAVOR, MATTHEW VAN DER PLOEG, ANI VIHERVAARA
SWITZERLAND / FINLAND / UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA, ESTABLISHED 2015
BASED IN ZURICH
Delving into the mysterious and hyper-competitive world of real estate advertising and sales, BTVV will present Walls 4 Sale: near new and supersized 2020, a newly commissioned exhibition inviting audiences to reflect upon the visual properties of the walls, floors, windows and doors that make up the contemporary apartment dwelling. Visitors will step inside this visually arresting, quirky and – at times – hilarious speculative interior, which at first appears as a generic, mass-produced apartment development in inner-urban Melbourne. It is in fact an architectural collage of the ‘worst practices’ of real estate photography featuring manipulated interior perspectives and ‘coveted’ appliances and material finishes. A satirical work of architecture that pokes serious fun at ubiquitous, low-quality property development, while also teasing our peculiar cultural penchant for homogeneous, white on white interiors.
Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, and Matthew van der Ploeg formed Bosshard & Tavor & van der Ploeg in 2015 to collaborate on building projects as well as architectural exhibitions, teaching and research. In collaboration with Ani Vihervaara, they presented Svizzera 240: House Tour at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice (pictured), for which they were awarded the Golden Lion. Following the Biennale, Bosshard, Tavor and van der Ploeg exhibited at the 2019 Swiss Art Awards in Basel. Along with Vihervaara, they also were invited to contribute to Drawing Matter’s Alternative Histories exhibitions in London and Belgium. They recently participated in the inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennale in the UAE and they are currently working on a residential conversion of the former Swisscom tower in Bern, Switzerland. Bosshard, Tavor and van der Ploeg taught together for five years in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zürich and are currently teaching a visiting design studio at RMIT University. Vihervaara leads an eponymous architectural practice from a remote location in southern Finland.
The NGV warmly thanks Triennial Lead Supporters Michael & Emily Tong for their support.
This project is proudly supported by NGV Design Partner RMIT University.