Four Iconic Marcel Breuer Buildings Explored in Architectural Photography Exhibition

In deference to Marcel Breuer’s iconic modernist designs, “Breuer Revisited: New Photographs by Luisa Lambri and Bas Princen”—a new exhibition on display at the Met Breuer in New York—presents two series of recently commissioned architectural photographs that showcase four of the architect’s still-standing works from the 1950s and 1960s.

Luisa Lambri (Italian, born 1969). Untitled (The Met Breuer, #06). 2016. Pigment print. (Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York)

Curator Beatrice Galilee commissioned artist Luisa Lambri and photographer Bas Princen to employ a selection of the Bauhaus designer’s public and municipal works to investigate the correlation between the built environment and its inhabitants. The selected buildings include the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Saint John’s Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota, the IBM Research center in La Gaude, France, and the landmark Met Breuer building in New York, which was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Bas Princen (Dutch, born 1975). Gallery Entrance, The Met (Marcel Breuer, Former Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1963–66), installation view, 2017. 2016. C-print. (Courtesy of the artist)

The distinctive pair of photography series provides a rare occasion for contemplating the experience of architecture that is independent of the framework of Breuer’s intentions. Evoking minimalism and abstraction, Lambri’s images survey the juxtapositions between interior and exterior environments, as well as the interactions between materiality and light. Princen’s idiosyncratic tactics feature large-scale photographs that reframe the buildings’ urban and rural spaces by documenting their post-occupancy uses as well as they their advancing rapport with the nature that surrounds them.

“Breuer Revisited: New Photographs by Luisa Lambri and Bas Princen” is on view through May 21, 2017.

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