Past Into Present
Friederike von Rauch unfurls the silence
Friederike von Rauch photographs buildings. It can be a complete building or merely a detail, a building on its own or within its surroundings, the interior or the exterior. Her photographs are meticulously stylised, the framing and the angle chosen with care. There is also a decided play of lines and often a decided contrast between concrete-grey planes and vibrant colour. According to the artist her work is not so much about buildings, rather it’s about spaces. She looks for spots that to her are exceptional but that most people walk past without so much as a glance. This project contains all the ingredients she holds dear... PHOTOS Friederike von Rauch
After the intervention of British architect John Pawson, this former Nazi fortification is now a private museum housing The Feuerle Collection. In two vast, windowless halls, Khmer sculptures (7th to 13th century) in stone, bronze, and wood are dis- played together with works from contemporary artists Anish Kapoor, Adam Fuss, Nobuyoshi Araki, and others, and Chinese furniture from the Han Dynasty (200 BC to the 18th century). “To me, all these pieces of furniture are sculptures”, says Désiré Feuerle, the German collector and connoisseur of Asian art. For several years he has been looking for a space for the exceptional collection that juxtaposes antiques with contemporary artworks – be it in Germany or somewhere else. The decayed bunker in Berlin was perfect for the purpose, with its arcane spaces that completely concentrate on themselves and tune out any urban context. But the intervention to change the bunker into a museum space was a challenging task: “It is difficult to think of places more charged with atmosphere than these monumental concrete structures. They fall very much into the category of engineered architecture, of the sort that so appealed to Donald Judd”, remarks John Pawson. Instead of focusing on pristine surfaces, the architect considered a series of subtle interventions that remain almost invisible but intensify the quality of the spaces.