Newly commissioned architectural photographs of five iconic Marcel Breuer – designed buildings. The Met commissioned the internationally renowned photographers Luisa Lambri and Bas Princen to document a central concern that defined Marcel Breuer’s architectural practice: the state of “post-occupancy,” a term architects use to describe the evolution of a building and its enduring architectural relevance.
By examining five key public buildings designed by Breuer, the exhibition will capture the qualities and nuances of change that the spaces have absorbed through the years. Depicting the passing of time and how the buildings are being activated in 2016, the exhibition will highlight the role of modern architecture in today’s built environment and celebrate Breuer’s contributions to the field. The five public buildings by Breuer that were selected for this exhibition are the Headquarters of UNESCO (Paris, 1958); Saint Francis de Sales (Minneapolis, 1959); The Met Breuer (New York City, 1966); his hotel and ski resort in Flaine, Geneva (1968); and the IBM France Research Center (La Gaude, 1958-62).
About the Artists
Luisa Lambri was born in Como, Italy, in 1969 and currently lives in Los Angeles. Her work has been included in two Venice Biennales: dAPERTutto, the 48th International Art Exposition, in 1999, for which the Italian Pavilion was awarded the Golden Lion; and Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer, the 50th International Art Exposition, in 2003. Her work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions internationally.
Bas Princen was born in Zeeland, Netherlands in 1975 and currently lives and works in Rotterdam. His work focuses on the transformations of the urban landscape—researching the possible future scenarios and outcomes using photography. In 2010, he and Belgian architects Kersten Geers and David Van Severen were awarded the Silver Lion for Promising Young Participant at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for their joint project. His work has been included in a number of international exhibitions and his photographs are held in numerous public and private collections.
Exhibition overview from museum website