Vitra Design Museum – Lake Verea: Paparazza Moderna
In Spring 2019, the Vitra Design Museum Gallery will present the first solo exhibition of Mexican
artist duo Lake Verea in a European museum.
For their ongoing »Paparazza Moderna« project, they create poetic portraits of single-family houses designed by renowned modernist architects.
Francisca Rivero-Lake and Carla Verea approach these buildings like paparazzi – unannounced and
spontaneous – with the aim of capturing them in an unembellished, private state. Lake Verea’s evocative
photographic compositions of buildings by Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra, Rudolf M.
Schindler, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Philip Johnson were taken between 2011 and 2018 during
their journeys throughout the USA. The exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery will show 24
works, including photography and a video. Each of the compositions, which Lake Verea refer to as
»architectural portraits«, consists of two to ten photographs. The artists treat the houses as living
characters and offer a playful, at times voyeuristic take on the myths that surround the
intertwined relationships between some of the great architects of the twentieth century.