(Re)Collecting Architecture

(Re)Collecting Architecture

The research workshop at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts will focus on memory, transformation, and identity. It will be conducted by Kristin Wenzel, a multidisciplinary artist and co-founder of Template. The workshop aims to explore sustainable approaches to cultural and architectural heritage, delving into methods of care, protection, and conservation through the perspective of visual arts.

The starting point of the workshop, conceived by the artist Kristin Wenzel, is her work ‘Re-Collection’ (2018 – ongoing), an ever-growing collection of fallen building ornaments found mainly in Bucharest, but also in other cities in Romania, Georgia, Armenia and the Republic of Moldova. By transforming it into a workshop, Wenzel develops an interdisciplinary perspective on architectural heritage through a collective, embodied experience of the place, memory, and culture that maps out alternative perspectives on architecture and cultural participation. The workshop seeks to investigate Tbilisi’s multilayered architectural backdrop through a collective walk through the city, examining its past and present history and the various manifestations of architecture. By using basic technics of molding and casting, members of the workshop will collect minor fragments of architecture in Tbilisi together, drawing a line between personal experience and collective memory.

The workshop is followed by an exhibition, showing a micro-archive of fragments of the city, reproduced in plaster, that can serve as a database for collective identity as well as a thought-provoking approach to a new way of dealing with architectural heritage.

The workshop is being conducted in cooperation with Apollon Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. 

The workshop is being conducted in cooperation with Apollon Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.

Students from the State Academy of Arts; Faculty of Architecture, The Faculty of Design, and the Faculty of Restoration, Art History and Theory. 


Kristin Wenzel Multidisciplinary artist whose practice involves large-scale installations, sculptures, and interventions in public spaces. The works are often created as site-specific and site-sensitive social environments. She is based in Bucharest and Gotha, East Germany. She received an MA from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2013. Her recent solo exhibitions include Tausend Melodien at ACC Galerie Weimar (2022), LOVERS IN THE NIGHT at Goethe-Institut, Bucharest (2021), and The Coin at Ducal Museum, Gotha (2021). In 2018, she co-founded Template, an artists’ initiative and exhibition project in Bucharest. As part of her artistic practice, she curates and initiates exhibitions, both locally and internationally. Her recent curatorial projects include GEISTER at Expoflora Pavilions, Herastrau Park Bucharest (2024), Protect Your Heart at Work at Rezidenta BRD Scena9 (2022) in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Bucharest, and MEANS OF ESCAPE, curated for Kunsthaus Erfurt (2021).


Credit line: (Re)Collecting Architecture" by Kristin Wenzel — an exhibition of the research workshop in PrivatePrint Studio. Copyright: Dragica Nikolovska