THE ARCHITECTURE OF TRANSFORMATION CURATED BY SAM BARDAOUIL AND TILL FELLRATH

Andrea Zittel (2020), 'Study for Planar Construction' (7 different works from the series), Watercolour and gouache on paper. Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London, Los Angeles. / "The Architecture of Transformation" (04.12.21 - 29.05.22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.

The exhibition trilogy The Architecture of Transformation, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, shows artistic positions at the intersection between art and architecture. Each chapter is linked directly to the evolving history of the building, which was originally built as a camouflaged air raid shelter in the Second World War, then used as an internment camp during the post-war years and finally converted into a residential and office building.

 

Entrance BNKR Hochbunker Ungererstrasse / "The Architecture of Transformation" (04.12.21 - 05/29/22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.
Entrance BNKR Hochbunker Ungererstrasse / “The Architecture of Transformation” (04.12.21 – 05/29/22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.

The third and final part of the trilogy, entitled The Architecture of Transformation, relates to the conversion of the building into its current state and addresses architectural transformation in its social context. Six artists from the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, France, Belgium and Switzerland show diverse works in different media, some of which were specially commissioned for the unique architecture of the exhibition spaces.

The Palestinian-Saudi artist Dana Awartani, based in Dschidda, addresses in her practice the rapid social change in her home country and resulting tensions between tradition and modernity.

Dana Awartani (2017), ‘I went away and forgot you. A while ago I remembered. I remembered I’d forgotten you. I was dreaming. ’Video installation, 22 min. Courtesy the artist and ATHR, Jeddah. Andrea Zittel (2020), 'Panels and Portals' (5 different works from the series). Courtesy die Artist and Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London, Los Angeles. / "The Architecture of Transformation" (04.12.21 - 29.05.22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.
Dana Awartani (2017), ‘I went away and forgot you. A while ago I remembered. I remembered I’d forgotten you. I was dreaming. ’Video installation, 22 min. Courtesy the artist and ATHR, Jeddah. Andrea Zittel (2020), ‘Panels and Portals’ (5 different works from the series). Courtesy die Artist and Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London, Los Angeles. / “The Architecture of Transformation” (04.12.21 – 29.05.22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.

A site-specific intervention by Belgian architect and artist Olivier Goethals  complements the architectural features of the exhibition space to enable new perspectives on what is seemingly familiar.

Olivier Goethals (2021), 'Be Ware', site-specific installation with wood, carpet and LEDs. Courtesy the artist. Eva Nielsen (2020), 'Zoled', oil paint, acrylic paint and screen print on canvas. Courtesy the artist, Jousse Entreprise, Paris and The Pill, Istanbul. Hannah Weinberger (2021), 'After Yesterday', site-specific sound installation. Courtesy the artist and Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris. / "The Architecture of Transformation" (04.12.21 - 29.05.22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.
Olivier Goethals (2021), ‘Be Ware’, site-specific installation with wood, carpet and LEDs. Courtesy the artist. Eva Nielsen (2020), ‘Zoled’, oil paint, acrylic paint and screen print on canvas. Courtesy the artist, Jousse Entreprise, Paris and The Pill, Istanbul. Hannah Weinberger (2021), ‘After Yesterday’, site-specific sound installation. Courtesy the artist and Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris. / “The Architecture of Transformation” (04.12.21 – 29.05.22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.

Using her unique combination of photography and painting, French-Danish artist Eva Nielsen questions architectural structures of suburbs and economically disadvantaged residential areas.

Eva Nielsen (2019), 'Polhodie III'. Oil paint, acrylic paint and screen printing on canvas. Courtesy die Artist, Jousse Entreprise, Paris and The Pill, Istanbul. / "The Architecture of Transformation" (04.12.21 - 29.05.22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.
Eva Nielsen (2019), ‘Polhodie III’. Oil paint, acrylic paint and screen printing on canvas. Courtesy die Artist, Jousse Entreprise, Paris and The Pill, Istanbul. / “The Architecture of Transformation” (04.12.21 – 29.05.22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.

Canadian artist Jeremy Shaw, who lives and works in Berlin, examines in his work structures of altered states of consciousness and the human longing for transcendence.

Jeremy Shaw (2020), ‘Towards Universal Pattern Recognition (McGovern Park Revival. JULY 17 1985 LA 3) ’. Silver gelatine photography, acrylic, chrome. Jeremy Shaw (2021), ‘Cathartic Illustration (Emotional Audience) ’, mural wallpaper. Jeremy Shaw (2017), ‘Towards Universal Pattern Recognition (New Covenant Church prayer meeting, Pray IV Jun 8 1980 M) ’. Archival black and white photography, acrylic, Chrome. Courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG Galerie, Berlin, London, Seoul. / "The Architecture of Transformation "(04.12.21 - 29.05.22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.
Jeremy Shaw (2020), ‘Towards Universal Pattern Recognition (McGovern Park Revival. JULY 17 1985 LA 3) ’. Silver gelatine photography, acrylic, chrome. Jeremy Shaw (2021), ‘Cathartic Illustration (Emotional Audience) ’, mural wallpaper. Jeremy Shaw (2017), ‘Towards Universal Pattern Recognition (New Covenant Church prayer meeting, Pray IV Jun 8 1980 M) ’. Archival black and white photography, acrylic, Chrome. Courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG Galerie, Berlin, London, Seoul. / “The Architecture of Transformation “(04.12.21 – 29.05.22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.

A sound installation, specially commissioned for the exhibition, by Swiss media, installation and performance artist Hannah Weinberger uses acoustic interventions to complement existing gaps in the existing architecture. The American sculptor and installation artist Andrea Zittel sketches habitable sculptures to blur the boundaries between art and everyday living spaces.

Andrea Zittel (2020), 'Study for Planar Construction' (7 different works from the series), Watercolour and gouache on paper. Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London, Los Angeles. / "The Architecture of Transformation" (04.12.21 - 29.05.22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.
Andrea Zittel (2020), ‘Study for Planar Construction’ (7 different works from the series), Watercolour and gouache on paper. Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London, Los Angeles. / “The Architecture of Transformation” (04.12.21 – 29.05.22), BNKR Munich. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, artReoriented. Photography: Dominik Gigler.

A comprehensive archive wall, which is presented in the center of the exhibition, complements the artistic positions. It illustrates both the historical context of the original use of the building as a bunker during the Second World War as well as its function and significance in the post-war period and the conversion and transformation of the architecture into its current state.

The exhibition places the artistic positions shown in direct relation to the history and architecture of the unique exhibition spaces. It invites the visitor to reflect on the importance of architectural structures as traces of history and their changing meaning throughout the course of time.


The exhibition is on view until the 29th of May.

Information above is extracted from the press release.

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