Patrizia della Porta's Work, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur: Variations on the Theme Displayed in Photographic Exhibition

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Nile Tuzun Gallery in association with the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and Photo LA are delighted to present twenty-three photographs highlighting Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur: Variations on the Theme, a unique collection in which the artist investigates two key places of the new millennium: the museum and the tower/skyscraper icon.

Nile Tuzun Gallery in association with the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and Photo LA are delighted to present twenty-three photographs highlighting Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur: Variations on the Theme, a unique collection in which the artist investigates two key places of the new millennium: the museum and the tower/skyscraper icon.

Renowned Milanese photographer, Patrizia della Porta has been recording images of buildings since she was a little girl and architectural subjects have always been and continue to be her principal focus. Patrizia della Porta's photographs exclude all reference to time and location. Her artistic horizon has a definite purpose and has never varied: she is still fascinated by buildings and today, her photographs are considered true works of art and are exhibited in museums all over the world.

The exhibition of the timeless, elegant and spiritual photographs of the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur is a true testament to Patrizia della Porta's vision. Designed by world renowned architect, Cesar Pelli, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur are the tallest twin buildings in the world. With its poetic and visually rich context, the delicate execution of the photographs of Petronas Twin Towers reminds the viewer of etchings powered by lines, corners and shadows of architectural subjects. Strictly black and white and zen like, the photographs of Patrizia della Porta explore the reality and the energy of Petronas Twin Towers in the void and not in the envelope that defines it. The energy of the void is enhanced and made more explicit by the pedestrian bridge that with its bearing structure creates a door that gives access to the sky, a door that opens itself towards infinity.

Patrizia della Porta lives and works in Milan and New York and she has been photographing since she was a child. In 1969, at the age of fourteen, she won an award from UNESCO for the Parthenon Prize Photo of the World Family. Patrizia della Porta specializes in contemporary architectural photography, and her main locations have been New York, Washington D.C., Toronto, Tokyo, London, Munich, Berlin, Milan, Bilbao and Kuala Lumpur. Her work has explored the poetics of such masters of contemporary architecture as Frank Lloyd Wright, Yeoh Ming Pei, Frank Gehry, Cesar Pelli, Carlo Scarpa, Kenzo Tange, Renzo Piano and Daniel Libeskind. Her approach to architecture moves toward new dimensions and interpretations of the buildings portrayed, transfiguring space and time.

In 1995, her photo portfolio about the building of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York by Marcel Breuer was chosen to create -- for the 30th anniversary of the museum -- a complex production of art-merchandising by this prestigious Art institution. In 1999, the National Gallery of Art in Washington acquired for the permanent collection part of the portfolio dedicated to the East Building of the Museum designed by Ieoh Ming Pei. Her photos have been in important auctions in United States and Europe and are in private and public collections in Europe, United States, China and Japan.

Patrizia della Porta's photographic exhibition will be on view from 16 January, 2008 through 15 February, 2008. A reception for the artist will be held Wednesday, 16 January, 2008 from 6-8. The exhibition is located at the Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 PM. For more information, or press images, please contact Nile Tuzun at (949) 292 3883 or nile @ niletuzungallery.com.

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