|The sheer distance, free from the burden of present time.|
|/Fernando Pessoa (Ode maritima).|
The Brion Tomb (1969–78) is a private tomb – “a city of the dead” – for the Brion family near Treviso, Italy. For the Brion Tomb, Scarpa established a new landscape within an old one, constructed a complex narrative out of startlingly fresh free-standing forms, and explored radical design and construction techniques to effect them.
Born in Vienna. Graduated from the Graphische Bundeslehr- und Versuchsanstalt Vienna in photography. Freelance photographer since 1978, focusing on architectural and exhibition photography. Cooperation with Coop Himmelb(l)au sind 1978. Since 1995, he has dedicated himself to “the architecture of plants” and “artificial landscapes” (Twilight Project). He is currently lecturing architectural photography at the Department of Artistic Design of the Vienna University of Technology.
Website: Gerald Zugmann
|(*)For Gerald Zugmann, photography is an autonomous artistic medium; and in order to make his artistic statement, he makes use of architecture in particular. For him, it is not a matter of producing documentary representations of built objects. Much more, he seems to shape architecture itself.|
The forms of a building, which Zugmann has made reproductions of, no longer appears as merely that which the architect has bestowed upon it – it has become the form, which the viewer has bestowed upon the building. Zugmann’s very conscious selection of built objects and thus, their architects, allows him to form “his” architecture. In this way, he qualifies the individuality of each architect, so that the built object and its essential statement as interpreted by him remains in the foreground.
|/Carl Pruscha, Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna|
The online exhibition shows parts of this photo essay. The essay was published first in “The Other City – Carlo Scarpa – Die Andere Stadt”, Ernst und Sohn Verlag, Berlin, 1989 and in “Gerald Zugmann. Architecture in the Box. Architectural Photography 1980 – 1995”, Springer Verlag Wien New York, 1995.
All photographs are Gelatin Silver Prints, signed and in limited editions.