100 years of bauhaus IV: THE CURONIAN SPIT: Kazimieras Mizgiris | Alfred Ehrhardt

September 21 to December 22, 2019

Curator: Dr. Christiane Stahl
Opening: Friday, September 20, 2019, 7-9 pm

The exhibition showcases the photographic work of the Lithuanian amber collector and photographer Kazimieras Mizgiris (b. 1950). Based in Nida and Vilnius, the artist’s intimate knowledge of sand-dune formations on the Curonian Spit is unrivalled. For decades, he has visited the shifting dunes of the “Baltic Sahara”—located just outside his front door—with his camera early in the morning, primarily in winter months. He captures short-lived, bizarre formations reminiscent of prehistoric creatures produced daily by wind, sand, and ice. These are presented alongside Alfred Ehrhardt’s abstract photographs of the Curonian Spit from 1934, which, in contrast to Mizgiris’s images, evince the strict formal vocabulary of a structuralist trained at the Bauhaus in Dessau.

Mizgiris has experienced the history of the Curonian Spit as a story of man’s struggle with the sand. The Baltic Sea tosses sand up onshore where it is picked up by the wind and blown into huge dunes. If precautionary measures are not taken, houses can be knocked over by the swirling sand.

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