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Farnsworth House photo exhibit captures Mies’ buildings around the world

Arina Dähnick

A Berlin-based photographer spent seven years shooting the architect’s modernist buildings

To continue the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus design movement, a new photography exhibit of Mies van der Rohe’s buildings will open at the suburban Farnsworth House museum on Sunday, August 4.

Arina Dähnick, a photographer and artist in Berlin, spent seven years photographing Mies’ buildings across the world. The architectural portraits include structures like Chicago’s S.R. Crown Hall, Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie, and the Barcelona Pavilion.

The photos, taken with a Leica M-System camera, capture striking details from the grid patterns, shadows, and reflections created in the Mies designs. In September, Dähnick will publish a book of her work, The MIES Project: To Chicago From Berlin.

The public opening on Sunday will include a presentation at 3 p.m. by Illinois Institute of Technology’s Dr. Michelangelo Sabatino with an introduction from Dirk Lohan, architect and grandson of Mies van der Rohe. The exhibit will run until September 8 at Barnsworth Gallery, and then head to IIT and the Goethe Institute for a show launching later in the month.

Admission to the gallery is free during the opening preview, but to see the Farnsworth House visitors must purchase $20 tour ticket.

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