Exhibition Review: Markus Brunetti's "FACADES-Grand Tour"

Exhibition Review: Markus Brunetti's "FACADES-Grand Tour"

 Markus Brunetti,  Druskininkai , 2016-2017, Archival Pigment Print © Markus Brunetti, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Markus Brunetti, Druskininkai, 2016-2017, Archival Pigment Print © Markus Brunetti, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

By Ava McLaughlin

The FACADES-Grand Tour exhibition by Markus Brunetti at the Yossi Milo Gallery features wall to wall prints of cathedrals, churches, and cloisters. These seemingly simple shots highlight the striking complexity of each building creating a dynamic project dedicated to recording the artistic complexity of European architecture. Brunetti and his partner, Betty Schoener, captured these buildings on their Grand Tour of religious European architecture focused mostly in Western Europe and soon broadening to religious sites in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

Each building captured highlights the extreme and minute detailing of the incredible architecture. From the detailing of the statues of religious figures to the giant murals painted on the walls of the buildings, the images capture the truly remarkable artistic ability behind architecture. The striking images full of color, detail, and clarity feel as if you were standing in front of the cathedrals about to walk in for morning mass.

 Markus Brunetti,  Siena, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta , 2008-2017, Archival Pigment Print, © Markus Brunetti, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Markus Brunetti, Siena, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, 2008-2017, Archival Pigment Print, © Markus Brunetti, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

He captures these buildings with cloudy skies surrounded by both grass and oceanic backgrounds, in a natural light with no embellishments. However, despite the realism behind these photos, he had an idealist light in mind. He had the mindset of capturing the images rather plainly so as to resemble the buildings as what they may have one day been on paper as blueprints or original plans and have since then become what they are, which is extremely and beautifully real.

The buildings are all shot with exactly the same style allowing for easy comparison across each of the cathedrals featured. The photographs are all taken from ground level and in the early morning light capturing every detail of every square-meter of the facade. These facades are viewed in a “hyper-realistic interpretation” and are stripped of any modern-day element. These captured images of incredible artistic architecture become a visual study of the relationship between form, religion, and history of culture.

 Markus Brunetti,  Orleans, Cathedrale Sainte-Croix , 2008-2016, Archival Pigment Print, © Markus Brunetti, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Markus Brunetti, Orleans, Cathedrale Sainte-Croix, 2008-2016, Archival Pigment Print, © Markus Brunetti, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

This exhibit is on display at the Yossi Milo Gallery until March 17, 2018.

 Markus Brunetti,  Amiens, Cathedrale Notre-Dame , 2009-2016, Archival Pigment Print, © Markus Brunetti, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Markus Brunetti, Amiens, Cathedrale Notre-Dame, 2009-2016, Archival Pigment Print, © Markus Brunetti, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

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