february, 2022

202220feb(feb 20)12:00 am02jul(jul 2)11:59 pmMoMA Museum of Modern Art | 02/20/22 - 07/02/22 | Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia 1947–1985 | | Midtown


February 20 (Sunday) 12:00 am - July 2 (Saturday) 11:59 pm


MoMA Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53 Street New York NY 10019 United States


MoMA Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53 Street New York NY 10019 United States

Event Details

Art Exhbition
MoMA Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53 Street New York NY 10019 United States


“Independence brings in the greatest opportunity for a nation to express its thoughts talent and energy…. Now we the architects can construct the right and distinct kind of architecture for an independent people” said Bangladeshi architect Muzharul Islam. In the decades that followed the Partition of 1947 newly independent India Pakistan Bangladesh and Sri Lanka turned to modern architecture as a means of proclaiming their autonomy articulating their national identities and enacting social progress. Focusing on work conceived and realized by local rather than international architects designers and planners The Project of Independence presents more than 200 works that showcase South Asia’s groundbreaking modern architecture.
From the concrete governmental complexes of Dhaka to the climate-adapted houses of Colombo new approaches to architecture offered a break from the British colonial past. While new capital cities rose up in Chandigarh and Islamabad local architects leveraged the region’s craft traditions to produce innovative and experimental buildings. The exhibition highlights such key figures as Indian architect Balkrishna V. Doshi the only South Asian winner of the Pritzker Prize in Architecture; Minnette de Silva the first woman architect of Sri Lanka; and Yasmeen Lari the first woman architect of Pakistan among many others. Original sketches plans photographs audiovisual materials and films are featured alongside newly commissioned images by photographer Randhir Singh and models constructed by Cooper Union students.