With the solo exhibition “Urban Transparency,” the Kunstgewerbemuseum is presenting glass objects and paintings by the Berlin artist Julius Weiland for the first time. On display is a group of twelve paintings and twelve glass objects in which the artist deals with the architectural ornamentation of post-war modernism from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Julius Weiland focuses primarily on the architectural visions of socialist modernism. He examines these buildings for their aesthetic content and their formal language. In his painting he reduces formal rigor and decorative elements of architecture into two-dimensional, colored surfaces that result in utopian spatial visions. The glass vases reflect the decorative work of the architecture. Rustics or tile mosaics are abstracted and painted onto the glass objects using the stained glass technique.
Julius Weiland, born in Lübeck in 1971, studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg in the class of the renowned glass sculptor Ann Wolff. Weiland taught, among other things, at the Institute for Artistic Glass and Ceramics in Höhr- Grenzhausen and in the community class at the Weissensee University of the Arts and Art College at Berlin Glassworks. He is a member of the artistic advisory board of the Saxony-Anhalt Art Foundation. Works by Julius Weiland are represented in numerous museums and public collections worldwide, including Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Viktoria & Albert Museum London, MusVeree, Sars-Poteries, France and Notojima Glass Art Museum, Japan.
In 2023, Julius Weiland donated the glass bowl “Large Plate” from 2005 to the Museum of Decorative Arts, which will also be on display in the exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Theresia Schmitt, scientific museum assistant in training at the Berlin State Museums.
A special exhibition at the Kunstgewerbemuseum of the Berlin State Museums