The exhibition "Bauhaus Modern" presents an impressive collection of artistic photographs of Bauhaus buildings taken by renowned photographer Swen Bernitz. Visitors have the opportunity to view the unique beauty and timeless elegance of these architectural masterpieces from a new perspective.
Swen Bernitz, born in Berlin in 1970, has dedicated himself since 2008 to conceptual long-term projects and series in documentary style, in particular to the themes of the built environment and urban cityscapes. His works are characterised by an extraordinary artistic sensitivity and precision and have gained worldwide recognition. Swen Bernitz has already been exhibited in renowned institutions such as the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt am Main, the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan, the Bernau Gallery, the Museum für Kunst in Rockenhausen, the Neue Schloss Eremitage in Bayreuth, the Prospekto Gallery in Vilnius and the Sprengel Museum in Hanover. His work has been recognised with several international awards.
Conrad Feininger gave the laudatory speech at the vernissage on 4 August 2023:
Dear guests. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Conrad feininger. I am the son of T. Lux Feininger and the grandson of Lyonel Feininger. While I am not a visual artist like my father and grandfather (i am instead an actor) - i am the third generation to worship the camera and what can be done with this invaluable tool.
I am proud to have been born American – but am prouder that as of April 2022 I am a citizen of Germany as well. Please forgive me for addressing you in English. Language is important to me as I am trapped between two countries: able to express myself competently only in English while I struggle to become a native in a ‘foreign’ land.
Fortunately for me art does not acknowledge different languages - and we are here today to celebrate art of the first order. What Swen Bernitz has accomplished is remarkable. Not only has he rendered well known facades in a new way, but he has managed to evoke the individual characteristics of each artist he samples.
I am of course biased, but I see this most clearly in his homage to my grandfather. The prismatic effect perfectly captures the visual effect so characteristic in Lyonel’s painting of churches and other architectural subjects.
I am grateful for the chance to experience this work, as well as to experience another aspect of the Bauhaus legacy here in Bernau.