At the Royal Academy of Arts, Herzog & de Meuron highlights “care” in the Swiss practice’s projects

Herzog & de Meuron at The Royal Academy
The Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly

Herzog & de Meuron at London’s Royal Academy transports gallerygoers into a literal Wunderkammer. The curation encourages viewers to engage with Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s iterative, exploratory process of testing ideas, but the density of objects and attempts to present the most minute details of the oeuvre make the show a challenge to take in. Jacques Herzog once likened the practice of architecture to ecology: “Whatsoever you do, do it with care.” As in its buildings, Herzog & de Meuron shows that “care” manifests as a desire for total control of

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