Cities on the Move travelling exhibition

Client: Secession
Location: Humlebaek / Denmark
Year: 1998
Supervision: Horst Campman


A fascination with the socio-topographic complexity of the modern metropolis is not new in the 20th century. What is new is the recent focus on the contradictory and conflicted histories of modernization in the rapidly developing economies of Asia, which have led to the development of contemporary hypercities such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Tokyo. It is in and around the shifting skylines of the contemporary Asian megalopolis that the battles over the significance of the legacy of modernism and modernization are today taking place.

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Hou Hanru, “Cities on the Move” exuded the cacophony of the Asian hyper-architecture that it took as its model. Physically mimicking the controlled chaos of these evolving Asian urban landscapes, the curators brought together contributions by over 70 artists and architects working in and around Asia. They attempted to map the uniquely hybrid manifestations of Asian urban modernization, which they describe in terms of Rem Koolhaas’s notion of “Cities of Exacerbated Difference” (COEDs).



Photo Credit:
Margherita Spiluttini