Bas Princen

Dutch, b. 1975

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Bas Princen

Dutch, b. 1975

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Trained as an architect, Bas Princen takes clever photographs of the absurd, surprising ways in which urban development meets nature. With his keen understanding of how buildings are constructed and how the environment is altered in the process, Princen seeks out sites where the boundaries between the natural and man-made are obscured, as he explains: “I go out to find photographs [. . .] in which the artificial and the natural take each other’s forms and in which one is unable to see if things are being constructed or destroyed.” In his Valley (China) (2008), for example, he photographs high-rise apartments built at the edges of a rocky valley. Flush against the rock and with similar patterning on their façades, the buildings look like a continuation of the rock itself.

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Biography

Trained as an architect, Bas Princen takes clever photographs of the absurd, surprising ways in which urban development meets nature. With his keen understanding of how buildings are constructed and how the environment is altered in the process, Princen seeks out sites where the boundaries between the natural and man-made are obscured, as he explains: “I go out to find photographs [. . .] in which the artificial and the natural take each other’s forms and in which one is unable to see if things are being constructed or destroyed.” In his Valley (China) (2008), for example, he photographs high-rise apartments built at the edges of a rocky valley. Flush against the rock and with similar patterning on their façades, the buildings look like a continuation of the rock itself.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Met Breuer
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more