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ARCHITECTURAL PORTRAITS WITH THE LEICA M

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In honour of the New National Gallery’s reopening after a five-year renovation by David Chipperfield Architects (scheduled for August 21, 2021), Berlin’s Guardini Gallery presents a series of extraordinary architectural photographs by Arina Dähnick.

Curated by Frizzi Krella, the exhibition gives insight into the photographer’s unique way of seeing. With her Leica M, Dähnick documented the work of German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in cities including Berlin, Brno, Barcelona, Chicago and New York – showing his characterful buildings in a new, poetic light.

Elegant simplicity, rectilinear forms, precious materials: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) was a dedicated aesthete, and an influential pioneer of modernist architecture. Dähnick – whose series has also been published as a book – engages with the architect’s legacy in a manner that is both respectful and, at the same time, delightfully fearless.

Rather than producing formal architectural photographs, the Berlin-based artist refers to her images as portraits: using a subjective approach, she studies the facades and interiors, work and living spaces of these iconic buildings, and makes them her own. The resulting images convey the interplay between outside and inside, and the connection between nature and urbanity – whereby light and reflection, mirroring, and the intertwining of different domains play an important role.

For further details visit Guardini Gallery

The accompanying book was previously featured in the LFI Blog Book of the Month – May 2020

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