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past exhibitions - milano

Iwao Yamawaki Bauhaus 1930-1939- vintage prints

6th october 1997 - 21st november 1997

Yamawaki’s absolute eye surprises us with 58 vintage prints from the Thirties. Like certain painters in the avant-garde movements in the arts, he decontextualises that which he represents, so that they lose their meaning, their interpretation and recognition.

And so iron and glass bend, buildings soar upward toward the sky, rationalist façades are repeated to infinity, smiling people “look out” of his photographs in unusual ways: not from the front, not seen three-quarter view, but from above, below, or the side.

Yamawaki is an architect, photographer, teacher and writer. In all his work he transfers that “elementarist” aesthetic characteristic of the Bauhaus style, reflected in the formation of the Japanese New Photology which he promoted.

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