Works on paper by Ignacio Uriarte in Munich Re's new office building in Berliner Strasse | 2014
For Munich Re's new office building in Berliner Strasse, Berlin
artist Ignacio Uriarte created an ensemble of seven individual
works. Architects Sauerbruch Hutton designed a courtyard encircled
by a gallery, in which alternating exhibitions of contemporary art
will be shown.
Within the framework of the cooperation between Munich Re and the
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Matthias
Mühling, Director of Lenbachhaus, curated
the first presentation.
In his art, Ignacio Uriarte (born 1972 in Krefeld, Germany)
occupies himself with the topic of everyday work, also using
materials and objects for the artworks that can be found in any
office. In doing so, he turns his sketches, installations and paper
pieces into poetic documents that grapple with the issues of time,
structure, order and monotony, and creative potential in seemingly
inefficient moments, for example when doodling on a writing pad
during a conversation. With his conceptual approach, and by using
materials from ordinary office surroundings, the artist builds an
impressive bridge between the working and the artistic world.
View of the exhibition.
In the background, paper installation, Double Rhombus, 2012
Photo: Marcus Buck
Folds Fluctuation, 2012
Photo: Marcus Buck
Ignacio Uriarte in front of his artwork
Crumpled and flattened, 2012
Seven of his works can be seen in four sections of the
"Galerie". Delicate structures with a fine marbling effect
alternate with angular geometric patterns, lending the wall
segments a new surface impression. What at first glance appears to
be plaster, putty and paint applied to the walls over a large
surface, turns out on closer inspection to be "run-of-the-mill"
copy paper. The folding, tearing or crumpling of the smooth paper
gives it a relief-like surface that light plays on to create art in
Simultaneous to this exhibition, one of the artist's installations
can also be experienced in the exhibition rooms at the Lenbachhaus,
an expression there as well of the collaboration between Munich Re
and the museum.
Ignacio Uriarte speaking with Susanne Ehrenfried, Curator of the Munich Re Art Collection, and Matthias Mühling, Director of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and curator of the exhibition. The works on paper of the Berlin artist have launched the series of temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists in Munich Re's office building in Berliner Strasse.