Who knew volcanoes could be so mystically beautiful! Montreal’s award-winning Canadian Centre for Architecture, the CCA, shows how. The current exhibition, 17 Volcanoes: Works by Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, Armin Linke and Bas Princen, offers an unusual take on one of nature’s most devasting natural disasters: the volcano. The show revisits the explorations by Herman-Dutch explorer Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn who made several expeditions in Java between 1836 and 1848.
Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn. Gunung Merapi, dans Java-Album. Landschafts-Ansichten von Java, nach der Natur aufgenommen, Leipzig: Arnoldische Buchhandlung, 1856. Lithographie, 53,0 x 37,7 cm.
Among one of the first colonists to climb the island’s many volcanoes, his legacy in cartography, botany, geology and writing is important. He explored 17 of his favourite volcanoes. He becomes an imaginary guide through his scientific and artistic works exhibited. There is an implicit reference to the relation between tourism, travel, research, as these sites have been transformed into tourist attractions.
Armin Linke. Kawa Ijen. Biau (Jawa Timur), Indonésie, 2016. Tirage chromogène, 50 x 60 cm. © Armin Linke
The explorer’s works are shown in conjunction with photographs by Bas Princen and videos by Armin Linke. Honestly. How beautifully lyrical is this image (above) by Linke!
Volcano Walk, Kawah Putih (White Crater), 2015. Bas Princen.
Two small powerful sculptures made of volcanic stone by carvers in Java sit in the middle of the room. The exhibition is part of a research project at Future Cities Laboratory at Singapore ETH Centre in Singapore. On Saturday October 15, the artist Bas Princen, who lives and works in Rotterdam, will give a talk in English. (free admission). The exhibition is curated by Philip Ursprung and Alex Lehnerer. The CCA collaborated with the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture. The show is on until January 22, 2017. Don’t forget the FREE TALK October 15!