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Frühlicht, 2007

PVC, cardboard, photocopies



Frühlicht is the first of a series of works about the German architect Hans Scharoun, reflecting on the relationship between political ideas and formal language. During the twenties, Scharoun produced numerous drawings which all show his social utopian urban visions. Until the fifties he created a series of public housing projects and buildings in Berlin.



These late buildings offer their users a remarkable spatial and functional complexity which is never imposing nor just an image. When tracing back his notion of freedom, I was surprised to find the unobtrusive complexity in opposition to an expressive formal language that he energetically celebrated in his youth.



In the installation, the geometric star shapes stand askew on a heap of sketches and architectural designs by Scharoun, taking on the vocabulary of his early drawings.