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Canadian art gallery launches museum of the future ideas contest

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The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto has launched an international ideas competition exploring the future of exhibition spaces

The high-profile contest is part of the museum’s To Be Destroyed (TBD) exhibition which will run from 6 September to 26 October.

According to the brief: ‘[MOCCA is] asking architects to propose how museums and galleries can be re-imagined once our existing ideas about them are destroyed.

‘Proposals may deal with how these institutions are situated within the urban landscape or how they may be reformulated given the evolution of digital and networked realities.’

It continued: ‘This is a particularly timely topic given the proliferation of museum architecture in Canada and abroad and the current juncture in MOCCA’s existence which sees the institution searching for a new and permanent venue.’

Entries may explore relationships between artwork, audiences and architecture or evaluate museums within the wider network of the economy and culture.

Submissions are welcome from practitioners with all levels of experience and a selection of entries will feature in the exhibition.

The competition jury includes Brigitte Shim of Toronto-based Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and the museum’s assistant curator Su-Ying Lee.

Applicants may submit one image and a 100-word description each. Submissions must be made digitally to tbd@mocca.ca before 30 June.


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