[Exhibition] “Bas Princen. Image and Architecture” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

February 24, 2018

Dutch artist Bas Princen (*1975 in Rotterdam) is widely acclaimed for his portrayals of architecture and urban landscapes. The exhibition at Vitra Design Museum Gallery provides an insight into Princen’s ongoing examination of the relationship between architecture and image.

 

Entrance (Vanna Venturi House, 1962-1964, Philadelphia), 2015 © Bas Princen

Entrance (Vanna Venturi House, 1962-1964, Philadelphia), 2015 © Bas Princen

 

The built structures depicted in the photographs originate from diverse locations and eras. They include Italian Renaissance buildings, a gargoyle atop the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the first Crystal Palace in London, the New York skyline of the 1930s or the home that architect Robert Venturi built for his mother in Philadelphia.


 

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“Bas Princen. Image and Architecture”
February 24  – August 5, 2018
Vitra Design Museum Gallery
Charles-Eames-Straße 2,  Weil am Rhein
Germany

 


Each of the large-scale photographic works encapsulates different facets of Princen’s explorations. Like a number of his contemporaries, Princen is concerned with the question of what happens to the spatial and material qualities of architecture once a three-dimensional structure is translated into a flat photographic image. For example, the photographer explores how images have been an intrinsic part of architecture – as wall paintings, tapestries or various spatial and material compositions – but simultaneously investigates the relationship between image and architecture in the history of photography.

 

Cappella del Perdono (Palazzo Ducale, 1467- 1472, Urbino), 2017 © Bas Princen

Cappella del Perdono (Palazzo Ducale, 1467- 1472, Urbino), 2017 © Bas Princen

Detail #4 (Le Stryge, anonymous cyanotype, 1860, collection CCA, Montreal), 2018 © Bas Princen

Detail #4 (Le Stryge, anonymous cyanotype, 1860, collection CCA, Montreal), 2018 © Bas Princen

 

For this exhibition, Princen has employed large-scale photographs and his specially developed technique of printing on Japanese rice paper to create more than the mere representation of a building. Instead, the image is intended to be perceived as an actual material object in itself. In doing so, Princen encourages the viewer to form a new relationship with both, the architecture and its image.

 

Detail #6 (View of the New Yorker, Ilse Bing, silver gelatin print, 1936, collection CCA, Montreal), 2018 © Bas Princen

Detail #6 (View of the New Yorker, Ilse Bing, silver gelatin print, 1936, collection CCA, Montreal), 2018 © Bas Princen

8th Pylon (Karnak, 1458 BCE, Luxor), 2017 © Bas Princen

8th Pylon (Karnak, 1458 BCE, Luxor), 2017 © Bas Princen

 

The trained industrial designer and architect Bas Princen focuses his lense on the transformation of landscapes around his environment. His works are based on unremarkable places, the edge of cities, where urban growth meets the reduction of nature. In his works Princen attempts to render stark reality as faithfully as possible, Princen objectifies urban space in a comparable way, but with an ironic twist. The photographer belongs to a new generation of photographers who in their very own way make reference to so-called »New Topographics«. In 2010 he was awarded with the Silver Lion for his collaborative work with OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

 

Original entrance (Room of Peace, Palazzo Pubblico, 1338-1939, Siena), 2014 © Bas Princen

Original entrance (Room of Peace, Palazzo Pubblico, 1338-1939, Siena), 2014 © Bas Princen

Bas Princen, Studiolo del Duca, 2016 © Bas Princen

Bas Princen, Studiolo del Duca, 2016 © Bas Princen

Bas Princen, working at the CCA Montreal Archive on an anonymous cyanotype photograph of Notre Dame from 1890 © Bas Princen

Bas Princen, working at the CCA Montreal Archive on an anonymous cyanotype photograph of Notre Dame from 1890 © Bas Princen

April (The Trivulzio Tapestries, Cycle of Bramantino, 1504-1509, Milano), 2018 © Bas Princen

April (The Trivulzio Tapestries, Cycle of Bramantino, 1504-1509, Milano), 2018 © Bas Princen

Detail #2 (02-Bas Princen Progress of the Chrystal Palace, P.H. Delamotte, albumen silver print, 1855, collection CCA, Montreal), 2017 © Bas Princen

Detail #2 (02-Bas Princen Progress of the Chrystal Palace, P.H. Delamotte, albumen silver print, 1855, collection CCA, Montreal), 2017 © Bas Princen


 

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