HGEsch: House and Horizon – Transformations, Berlin Built Environment Exhibition, Aedes Architecture Forum News
House and Horizon – Transformations Aedes Exhibition Berlin
15 Feb 2021
HGEsch: House and Horizon – Transformations
HGEsch: House and Horizon – Transformations Exhibition
– opens 19 March at Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Throughout this exceptional photographic juxtaposition, presented by the internationallyrenowned photographer and filmmaker HGEsch, the exploration of transformation takes shape, based on two reoccurring themes in his artistic work. The transformations of the former administration building of the light bulb manufacturer Osram in Munich, the first open-plan office building in Europe, designed by Walter Henn and the transformations of global metropolises, presented in large-format panorama views.
The Osram Administration Building
In this photo series, Esch illustrates the eventful history of the Osram building in Munich, erected by Walter Henn in 1965 and instantly regarded as an outstanding example of modernism. These documentaries reflect the approach to architectural photography through the work of two generations: in 1965 by the Wolfsburg-born photographer and painter Heinrich Heidersberger, known for capturing the achievements of post-war technology in black and white images.
With his photographs, he made a significant contribution to the dissemination of the architecture of the Braunschweig School. HGEsch’s photo documentations began in 2010 and continued in 2015, at a time when 800 refugees were housed in small living container quarters within the office space.
Photographs of the demolition of the landmarked building in 2018 form the conclusion of the work. Despite his extensive efforts, the architect Gunter Henn, son of the building’s creator, was unable to purchase and restore the headquarters for his own firm. With the chronology of their creation, the photographs by Heinrich Heidersberger and HGEsch simultaneously document the lifeline of a historical building and a piece of contemporary significance.
The Skylines works by HGEsch inherently capture the process of transformation of the temporal, historical, and spatial change of the respective city. Esch’s positions, like Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the 18th century Italian artist and architect, calls for everything situated in front of an artist to be brought on paper- drawing or photograph. With his up to eight-metre-long, unembellished panoramas, the photographer wishes to avoid illusions, thus generating a relationship that is as realistic as possible between viewer and location.
Photographed from roofs and always at a specific time of day, the subject of his compositions is the city as a whole. Meanwhile, the drone provides flexible viewpoints in photography as well as in film – though for HGEsch its use never becomes an end in itself. The photographic works, arranged as a panorama, are indebted to a central perspective; segments can be removed at any point and remain conclusive images on their own. What evolves are views of the cityscape, beyond that which can be predicted. Monitors provide valuable impressions of the artist’s film work.
Both themes explored in the exhibition House and Horizon encapsulate HGEsch’s rich visual oeuvre in a comprehensive framework. The publication Advancing Horizons, published by Verlag teNeues, will be presented for the first time at the exhibition at Aedes. The publication on the Osram building entitled Restlicht, published by Wasmuth & Zohlen Verlag, Berlin, also deserves mention, including texts from Gunter Henn, Rolf Sachsse, Ursula Baus, Bernd Rodrian.
Aedes Architecture Forum presented the exhibition City and Structure by HGEsch in 2009, including a publication of the same title edited by Kristin Feireiss. The exhibition 30/30 – 30 Projekte in 30 Tagen – HG Esch fotografiert Henn was presented at Aedes in 2010.
Exhibition: 20 March – 13 May 2021
Opening and book presentation: Friday, 19 March 2021
Venue: Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-6.30pm, Sun-Mon 1-5pm and Sat, 20 March 2021, 1-5pm
Further information: www.aedes-arc.de
Speaking at the opening
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss Aedes, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Gunter Henn Architect, Munich
Prof. Dr. Rolf Sachsse Author and Photographer, Bonn
HGEsch Architecture Photographer and Author, Hennef
We would like to thank the Aedes cooperation partners
Zumtobel, CEMEX, CAMERICH, Carpet Concept
Photography © HGEsch Architecture Photographer
City of Refugees, Aedes Exhibition images / information received 061020
Location: Christinenstr.18-19, 10119 Berlin, Germany
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