Exhibition Launch: 6.30pm, Wednesday 29th May
darc space architecture gallery marks the centenary and legacy of the famous German Bauhaus school, which was founded in 1919 in Weimar, with an exhibition by leading Berlin-based artist Albert Weis. Although only fourteen 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, Albert Weis explores the influence of the Bauhaus on his work, including the architecture of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius (1883-1969). Weis also 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 five-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 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 works influenced by key Dublin modernist buildings, including Busáras and Liberty Hall.
The exhibition and publication have been supported by Graepels. The Goethe-Institut Irland are supporting the artist’s travel.