Baldessari brick wallpapers over Mies' windows - for

    John Baldessari, the Santa Monica-based conceptual artist,

    has just completed a work at Mies van der Rohe's Haus Lange of 1928, in Krefeld, Germany. The house has been a museum - Museum Haus Lange - for modern and contemporary art since 1955. Since the early 1970's it's been commissioning and showing art related to the architecture. A neighboring villa by Mies became Museum Haus Esters in 1981. Between them they've shown Claes Oldenburg, Michael Asher, Daniel Buren, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Richard Serra, Yves Klein, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and others.

    Baldessari was commissioned to mark 2009 as "The Bauhaus Year" - the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school of art and design. Mies was its Director from 1930 until he closed it in 1933. Events are scheduled across Germany; the Museum of Modern Art in New York in November will mount
    "the first comprehensive treatment of the Bauhaus at MoMA since 1938 and the first major show in the United States on the subject in decades."
    The Mies van der Rohe Society in Chicago (with which I'm affiliated) will also hold important events this year.

    John Baldessari calls his Krefeld piece, "Brick Bldg, Lg Windows w/ Xlent Views, Partially Furnished, Renowned Architect." That's a good description, above he sits on some of those furnishings, I suppose Mies is a renowned architect, and the brick house does have lg windows, with superb view.

    Normally, a close-up would show,

    but after Baldessari got a hold of it:

    Artdaily writes,: and I paraphrase,
    Baldessari’s concept is “contra-Mies,” he says. The point of departure for him was the physical structure of the brick building. On the one hand he has focused on what for Mies was the source of an agonizing confrontation with his client: Mies vainly attempted to increase the size of the windows in order to increase the desired permeability between inside and out.

    Baldessari has used the former Bauhaus master’s own idea quite pointedly against him: he has completely obscured the windows with pictures of bricks. At the same time though, he has intriguingly restored the connection between inside and outside by likewise covering the interior walls with brick wallpaper - in an extension of Mies’s ideas that takes them to an absurd extreme!

    To top it all, the artist has placed photographs of Californian land- and seascapes on the inside of the windows: as simulacra of the Miesian view through the window, these scenes bring about a complete dislocation of the building inside while at the same time simulating a link between the Lower Rhine and the artist’s home in California.

    Anti-Miesian furnishings in the form of an Ear-Couch, decorated with two vases shaped like noses (Nose Scones), are complemented on the outside by a winking window eye: ironic apercus that are further crowning points of this intervention.

    Lots more on Mies here. Scroll through.

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