New York–based artist Lucy Raven has won the competition “Kunst am Bau” (Art in Architecture) hosted by the Bauhaus Museum Dessau. A seven-member jury chose her work Light / Play / House, 2017a dynamic lighting installation made of different-colored glass that interacts with the architecture of the building by González Hinz Zabala.
Commenting on the decision, the director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Dr. Claudia Perren, said: “I am particularly pleased about this contemporary interpretation, which opens a new play between the current architecture of the museum, historical references to the Bauhaus and future visitors.”
In the first stages of the competition, a commission invited thirteen international artists to participate in installing works at the museum, including Veronika Kellndorfer (Germany), Michael Riedel (Germany), Peter Krauskopf (Germany), Olaf Holzapfel (Germany), Lucy Raven (USA), Pia Maria Martin (Germany/France), Tomás Saraceno (Argentina), and Janet Laurence (Australia). The jury included Katja Aßmann (Kunstsachverständige, Zentrum für Kunst und öffentlichen RaumSchloss Biesdorf, Berlin); Lilian Engelmann (Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst Berlin); Roberto González (architect, Barcelona); Dr. Claudia Perren (director, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation); Dr. Sebastian Saad (Germany’s Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media); Gabi Schillig (artist, Düsseldorf/Berlin); and Dr. Wolfgang Schneiß (State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture of the State of Saxony-Anhalt).
The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation was established in 1994, and the Bauhaus and its sites in Weimar and Dessau have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1996.