The Neue Staatsgalerie is an astonishing project of post-modern architecture designed by the offices of James Stirling and Michael Wilford & Associates between 1977 and 1984, as the winners of a restricted competition in the city of Stuttgart, Germany.
This period for architecture is characterized by an evolution in the typology of the western museum: the idea of “art for the public” was born and the museum started to be considered more and more as a place of popular entertainment.
The building of Stirling and Wilford makes in place this new feeling by designing both a monumental civic building with traditional materials such as travertine and sandstone, and an informal “high tech” structure, clearly differentiated by the use of a strong palette of colours.
The result is this specific and unique mixture of architectural language between classical and high tech, coexisting together in a delicate balance in the historical context of the old Staatsgalerie.
Through my photos, I wanted to express the nostalgia in which this building is plunged.
The central courtyard is a shelter towards the context that makes you feel in a limbo of time, neoclassical but contemporary in the ancestral geometrical form of the circle.
The interiors with delicate colours and soft lights transport you in another universe, neglecting the outside. The suspension in time is what enhances this deep feeling of nostalgia of a period that you cannot grasp or understand, because it is not your time (you can only give personal interpretations).
But it is a thrill you want to continue to feel on your skin sometimes, because it makes you understand to be in a place in a determined moment, alive.
All images © 2019 Marco Morra