WHAT MAD PURSUIT. Aglaia Konrad, Armin Linke, Bas Princen
Start date: 7 April 2023
End date: 22 October 2023
The Teatro dell’architettura Mendrisio of the Università della Svizzera italiana presents the exhibition ‘WHAT MAD PURSUIT. Aglaia Konrad, Armin Linke, Bas Princen’, from 7 April to 22 October 2023, promoted by the USI Academy of Architecture and curated by Francesco Zanot.
Through a selection of photographic works by Aglaia Konrad (Salzburg, 1960), Armin Linke (Milan, 1966) and Bas Princen (Zeeland, 1975), the project explores the relationship between architecture and photography, and that between the latter and the context in which it is shown, focusing on the complexity of an interweaving that places the works at the centre of a constant process of negotiation between subject and exhibition space. The exhibition questions the documentary function of photography, here understood as a device that simultaneously records and transforms reality, while also contradicting its conception of a two-dimensional image by exploring its materiality, body and presence.
Devised specifically for the spaces of the Teatro dell’architettura Mendrisio, the exhibition ‘WHAT MAD PURSUIT. Aglaia Konrad, Armin Linke, Bas Princen’ is an original project that brings together photographic works by three international artists who work with this medium through different methods and approaches: Aglaia Konrad, Armin Linke and Bas Princen.
By presenting some 50 works created by the authors at different places and times with equally heterogeneous purposes, the exhibition explores the intersections between photography and architecture, represented space and exhibition space.
In the artistic practices of the three authors, the internal space of the frame and the external space become objects of study but also of radical re-vision through the mediation of photography. Each work or cycle of works activates new interpretations of subjects already submitted to processes of representation and interpretation, introducing further layers of significance that intersect with the previous ones. Instead of depicting (once and for all), here photography triggers a chain reaction of resignification that is at least theoretically endless. The photograph rekindles and restarts. It is a matter of intersections, interactions, overlaps, reactions, interferences.
In the photographic series Shaping Stones, Aglaia Konrad combines buildings by well known architects with anonymous works, both ancient and contemporary, united by the use of the same material and by a mode of representation, black and white photography, that makes it possible to obtain an amalgam as coherent as it is extraneous to any recognised category.
Armin Linke re-uses the pre-existing images in his archive, taken around the world in the course of his career. He mixes them together to form a new narrative that goes beyond the original context of production, challenging the very notions of chronology, linearity, history and uniformity.
Bas Princen photographs other representations, questioning what happens to them once they are duplicated and converted into two-dimensional images. In his work, details of pre-existing elements, such as paintings, objects and photographs, usually grasped in their entirety, are subjected to a further process of interpretation, giving rise to new and independent images capable of detaching themselves from the original ones. The artist also questions the very two-dimensionality of photography through a printing technique based on relief and endowed with an unusual sculptural quality.
The exhibition itinerary, covering two floors, is configured as a juxtaposition and recombination of the works, which are entwined with each other to acquire new meanings and interpretations. While Bas Princen’s works, printed on rice paper, give contours and a body to photographs, Aglaia Konrad’s images adapt to the surface of the wall to which they are applied, while Armin Linke's photographs make the most of the architectural features of the exhibition space through devices that bring out its rhythm, materials and technique, engaging in a dialogue resolved in a distinctive form of ‘installational choreography’.
‘WHAT MAD PURSUIT. Aglaia Konrad, Armin Linke, Bas Princen’ challenges all attempts to simplify photography in order to express its complexity and layered character. In reflecting on the theme of dwelling, the works in this exhibition have a similar relationship with the Teatro dell’Architettura in Mendrisio: they do not simply occupy a space, but make it their home.
Open days with free admission and free guided tours to the exhibition, for individual visitors:
- Sunday, 7 May 2023, open day and guided tour.
- Sunday, 4 June 2023, open day and guided tour.
- Sunday, 2 July 2023, open day and guided tour.
- Sunday, 3 September 2023, open day and MAM Network Day.
- Sunday, 1 October 2023, open day and guided tour.
International Museum Day
- Sunday, May 21, 2023, Open day and special event.
MAM (Mendrisiotto Art Museums) Network Day
- Sunday, 3 September 2023, open day, guided tours and various events in collaboration with the museums of the MAM Network.
Guided tours for groups, upon reservation.
Maximum 25 people. To book guided tours, please write to [email protected]
Calendar and Opening Hours
- Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday: 2–6pm
- Saturday / Sunday: 10am–6pm
- Sunday, 9 April 2023, Easter, 10 am. to 6 pm.
- Thursday, 18 May 2023. Ascension, 2 to 6 pm.
- Thursday, 8 June 2023, Corpus Christi, from 2 to 6 pm.
- Thursday June 29, 2023, St. Peter and Paul, 2 to 6 pm.
Summer closure: July 17 to August 20, 2023
TAM will be closed on April 10, May 1, May 29, 2023