Unlike unrealized architectural projects, which are frequently exhibited and circulated, unrealized artworks tend to remain unnoticed or little known. But perhaps there is another form of artistic agency in the partial expression, the incomplete idea, the projection of a mere intention? Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) seeks to document and display these works. Whether censored, forgotten, postponed, impossible, or rejected, unrealized projects form a unique testament to the speculative power of non-action.

AUP follows the publication entitled “Unbuilt Roads: 107 Unrealized Projects,” collated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Guy Tortosa after several years of international research conducted in the late 1990s. Twenty years later, the Agency of Unrealized Projects was formed in collaboration with Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle, and an open call for unrealized projects was issued for its first public exhibition at ArtBasel in 2011. The open call will continue until all unrealized art projects are compiled.

CIVITAS Stadtpostkarten - Lothar Baumgarten

MODELL OF AN OFFICE FOR A COUPLE OF TWINS, BOTH 1,38 TALL" - Tobias Rehrenberg

Dog Jaw Monument - A Futurist Tele-introject - Leon Golub

The World is a Theater and we each have a role - Louise Bourgeois

Progetto per Gerry Schum - Guiseppe Penone

119. PROJET DE DESTRUCTION DU MUSEE 1970 - 1971 - Jef Geys

Battery Park City - Per Kirkeby

Double Exposure 1995-6  - Dan Graham

Prima del 73 - Fabio Mauri

Untitled, modeled after the Leipzig Völkerschlachtdenkmal...  - Jenny Holzer

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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