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Work of the Week | 16 January 2023

CAG.3089 Roseanne Lynch, Untitled (Bauhaus Building Research Archive, The Kandinskys’ Bath 62), 2018, photograph (silver gelatine on fiber based paper), 48.9 x 39.1 cm. Purchased, the Artist, 2021. © the artist.

This WORK OF THE WEEK takes us into art history via an unlikely object!

Untitled (Bauhaus Building Research Archive, The Kandinskys’ Bath 62) is a photograph by Roseanne Lynch depicting the corner of a weathered bathtub.

The work stems from a residency at The Bauhaus Foundation (Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau) in which the artist ‘was given unprecedented access to the archive which extends over many floors in a former brewery in Dessau.’

Reflecting on how she arrived at her subject, Lynch notes: ‘In a far corner by a window was a beautifully patinaed bath.’

‘I was told that it had sat outdoors for many years when the Bauhaus school closed, and because of the paint remnants found on it, it could be traced back to the Kandinskys’ ‘Meisterhaus’, one of a number of houses designed by [Walter] Gropius for the teachers of the Bauhaus school.’

The artists Wassily and Nina Kandinsky lived here from 1925 until 1932 and Lynch’s ‘title specifies that it was their bath, not just his.’ Roseanne Lynch uses a darkroom-based international practice to explore light, space, and the medium of photography itself. She lectures in photography at MTU Crawford College of Art & Design and is currently working towards a Photo Museum Ireland exhibition and a photobook.

This photograph is featured alongside two others by Roseanne Lynch in BEHIND THE SCENES: Collection at Work until 10 April.

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