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

Bas Princen: Image and Architecture

Opening last week at Germany’s Vitra Design Museum, the exhibition Bas Princen. Image and Architecture looks at the Dutch artist’s examination of the relationship between architecture and image. The show explores a wide range of built structures, from Modernist classic Vanna Venturi House and Italian Renaissance buildings to a 1930s New York skyline and crumbling Egyptian pyramids, ultimately asking the question – what happens to the physical material and spatial qualities of these spaces when they are captured as photographs?

Bas Princen, who trained formally as an industrial designer and architect before turning his camera lens onto architectural and urban landscapes, presents this project as a series of large scale photographs printed on Japanese rice paper, a printing process that gives them texture and depth, changing them from one dimensional representations of existing architectural works to objet d’arts in their own right.

Main image: Detail #4 (Le Stryge, anonymous cyanotype, 1860, collection CCA, Montreal), 2018, courtesy Bas Princen

Where: Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Charles-Eames-Straße 2, Weil am Rhein

When: Until 5 August 2018

How much: Full € 11,00 / Concession € 9,00

More info: Vitra Design Museum website


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