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darc space Architecture Gallery Celebrates Bauhaus Centenary (1919-2019)

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2019

Exhibition runs until 30 September

Gallery Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 10.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday 12.00 noon - 3.00 pm

darc space architecture gallery marks the centenary and legacy of the famous German Bauhaus school, which was founded in 1919 in Weimar, with an exciting exhibition by leading Berlin-based artist Albert Weis.  Although only 14 years in existence, the legacy of the Bauhaus across art, architecture, design, craft and urban planning has endured to the present day and continues to inspire artists.

Entitled After Bauhaus, the exhibition explores the influence of the Bauhaus on Weis’ work, including the architecture of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius (1883-1969). Weis engages with the late work of Gropius – in particular the controversial ‘Gropiusstadt’ in Berlin, which consists of 18,500 social housing flats. Gropius designed the original masterplan as a utopian ideal but his 5-storey buildings were later modified to become one of Germany’s tallest housing schemes and an area of social deprivation. Quality urban space and landscaping were central to Gropius’ vision and Weis explores the presence of nature in Gropiusstadt in his work.  Another influence on Weis are the elegant early Modernist buildings in Berlin by architect Bruno Taut.

Albert Weis’ practice extends from film and photographic print to the production of large-scale sculptural works, often using aluminium and neon, to engage with the architecture and urban space of post-war modernism. The Bauhaus influence can also be seen in the strict discipline of materiality and colour theory that Weis employs in his sculptures and in his prints. For the exhibition at darc space, Albert Weis presents new sculptures. He will also show a group of works influenced by key Dublin modernist buildings, including Liberty Hall.

About Albert Weis
Born in Passau (Bavaria), living and working in Berlin, Albert studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (Akademie der Bildenden Künste). His work has been exhibited in Germany and internationally, including Kunstmuseen Krefeld/Haus Lange; Sprengel Museum Hannover; Museum für Neue Kunst-ZKM Karlsruhe; Haus der Kunst München; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Spandau Citadel Berlin; Centre d’Art Passerelle, Brest and the Centre for Curatorial Studies-Bard College in New York. He has had numerous international artist’s residencies, including at IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014); Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2009-2010); and Villa Aurora, Los Angeles (2009). 

Albert Weis has won several prestigious art competitions. In 2001 he realized the large-format project “rang” which defines a new site at the Campus of the Technical University München in Weihenstephan. 2012 he realized an iconic neon sculpture in the atrium of the building of the Bavarian Department for Environment in Augsburg, in 2015 a multi-part aluminium sculpture at Fraunhofer Institute IPM in Kaiserslautern and in 2019 a neon sculpture in the foyer of the new Daimler Headquarter in Suttgart. In collaboration with architects Zeller & Moye he will design the new Martin Luther Memorial in front of the famous St. Marienkirche in the centre of Berlin. The design for the contemporary memorial refers to the outlines of the historical Luther monument, which was destroyed during WWII, by carving a mirror image of the original volume into the ground. www.albertweis.com

Media Contact
For interviews with Albert Weis or images of the exhibition, please contact Maggie Moran, maggie@darcspace.ie.

About darc space
darc space is Dublin’s architecture gallery. It was founded in 2009 in the offices of Denis Byrne Architects to fill a void in the discourse and exhibition of architecture.  The aims of the gallery are to intensify the debate about the future of the built environment in Ireland, to promote an innovative and sustainable architecture, and to advocate new possibilities for the building industry. 

Bauhaus Centenary
The centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus is celebrated both in Germany and internationally with a programme of events throughout 2019. See https://www.bauhaus100.com/.

Exhibition Support
The exhibition and the publication have been supported by Graepels, who are celebrating their 60th anniversary. The Goethe-Institut Ireland are supporting the artist’s travel ​and Denis Byrne Architects.

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