191112: Galerie Lindner - Ludwig Glaeser – Mies and his archivist

Galerie Lindner Ludwig Glaeser – Mies and his archivist 08.11.2012 – 07.12.2012 Archive of heroic sovereignty By Margareta Sandhofer The exhibition at the Gallery Lindner, which is part of the eyes on series, is dedicated to Mies van der Rohe, respectively his photographic archivist, Ludwig Glaeser. Architectural photography leaves it open whether the focus is on the architectural work or on the photograph. Upon entering one is confronted with a portrait of Ludwig Glaeser holding a camera and across from him five shots of the New York skyline. This small staging in the gallery’s foyer can also be seen as an introduction or prelude for the actual exhibition in the two main rooms, in which the photographs focus on buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe. Glaeser’s shots of the Federal Center Chicago (1959 – 64) underline the radicalism of Mies van der Rohe’s work. Glaeser focuses on the rationality and functionality with which Mies confronts the historical surroundings. Nature, small blooming trees, appear like props that highlight the stringent system of Mies van der Rohe’s architecture. Botany seems to have a similar function as the people in the photographs of Farnsworth House (1951). The pictures present no aspect of human spatial experience inside the country house. The house itself is presented like an alien that landed in the middle of nowhere, totally devoid of any context, which could depart any second. No entry or exit is visible. The images of the Lake Shore Drive Apartment in Chicago (1949-51) taken from a helicopter are symptomatic, shot from an artificial angle, unreal. The architecture’s shadow is imposed on the natural frame of the water’s surface. Glaeser’s compositions are skilfully calculated, withdrawn from reality, reduced, and aestheticized in the selected perspectives and the black-and-white prints. The buildings are only apparently factually displayed, but in reality set into the scene actually having undergone a heroization. At the same time, Glaeser presents Mies van der Rohe’s buildings as a complex of blatant naturalness, as architecture of incomparable sovereignty. Galerie Lindner 1060 Vienna, Schmalzhofgasse 13/3 Tel: +43 1 913 44 58 Fax: +43 1 913 44 56 email: galerie.lindner@chello.at http://www.galerie-lindner

Galerie Lindner
1060 Wien, Schmalzhofgasse 13/3
Tel: +43 1 913 44 58, Fax: +43 1 913 44 58
Email: Galerie.Lindner@chello.at
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