The Berlin‑based photo artist Arina Dähnick in the footsteps of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
City life and urbanity, the contrasts of inside and outside, of blurriness and focus, reflections and mirror images, plays with the viewer’s perception— these are the pictorial themes of the Berlin-based photo artist Arina Dähnick. She discovered the architecture of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 2012, when, after a thunderstorm, she perceived the Neue Nationalgalerie in a both fascinating and paradoxical spatial experience of boundless vastness—and a simultaneous feeling of being held. From then on she photographed the building under various conditions until its closure in 2015, following in Mies van der Rohe’s footsteps from Berlin to Brno, from Chicago to New York. She captured his most famous buildings—including the Villa Tugendhat, the Seagram Building, and the Lake Shore Drive Apartments—in impressive photo series that convey her creative inspiration as well as the fascinating spatial experience of the architecture itself.
The exhibition “Architectural Portraits. The MIES Project” will be presented at the S. R. Crown Hall and the Goethe Institut in 2019, parallel to this year’s edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. It will subsequently travel to Barcelona, Brno, and Berlin.