Katharina Gaenssler, solo exhibition, UN 242, MARQ – Museo de Arquitectura y Diseño, Buenos Aires
Katharina Gaenssler’s solo exhibition ‘UN 242’ opens August 8th
Festival de la Luz.2016
MARQ – Museo de Arquitectura y Diseño, Buenos Aires
August 1 – September 30, 2016
Katharina Gaenssler works with the medium of photography, ordinarily with thousands or even tens of thousands of pictures. For the project UN 242 , it is ›only‹ 242 pictures. They all show the same motif, the same object is always the subject of the photo. On view is the east façade of the United Nations Secretariat Building in New York, designed by Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier, finished in 1952. The Chrysler Building, which stands on exactly the same axis when viewed from the shooting location, is almost completely concealed by the UN building, with only the top of its tower visible. The overlapping of the two buildings produces a cathedral-like form.
In Buenos Aires, the 242 photographs of the UN Building are being shown as a projection. At MARQ, the Museum of Architecture, during the Festival de la Luz (Festival of Light), they become immaterial, a ‘play of light’. MARQ, which not only shows exhibitions on architects or architecture, but also often exhibits works by visual artists with a link to architecture, is a wonderful place for this South American premiere. The projection of the 242 photographs is accompanied by a video in which the book, leafed through by the artist page by page, is shown in its original size.