Mitsui Fudosan America's 527 Madison Avenue Announces Roland Kulla Art Exhibition

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An exhibition featuring Roland Kulla's photo-realistic paintings of several of NYC's beloved bridges is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri., through November 27, 2019, at 527 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

Mitsui Fudosan America's 527 Madison Avenue is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by Roland Kulla in the Lobby Gallery through November 27, 2019. Located at 54th Street and Madison Avenue, the show is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

The exhibition features six of Kulla’s photo-realistic paintings, which depict detailed renderings of New York City’s many beloved bridges. Fascinated by engineering and inspired by dynamic compositions, Kulla began examining and painting the bridges of his native Chicago in 1998, and then expanded to other “bridge cities,” such as Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, and Berlin. 

“Each [bridge] is specially engineered to solve the problem of how to get across the void,” Kulla explained to VoyageChicago Magazine in an interview last year. “While usually not designed to be beautiful, I find beauty in the patterns and rhythm of the structural elements.”

Before starting a new painting, he typically takes 20 to 30 photographs before selecting an angle that he prefers. He paints as realistically as possible and characterizes his approach as “abstract realism.”

While he’s been interested in painting since a child, Kulla bloomed late in the profession. He first spent a decade in the seminary and then 35 years as a social worker before transitioning to painting full time after mastering oil painting. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. His paintings have been showcased in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions in Chicago, New York, Boston, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Berlin. 

His work has been featured in publications such as American Art Collector and New American Paintings. Roland Kulla is represented by George Billis Gallery in New York. 

Kulla’s exhibition will be the sixteenth exhibition in 527 Madison’s ongoing program showcasing noteworthy emerging and mid-career artists that began in 2014.

For more information about 527 Madison’s exhibitions, please contact Jay Grimm, who organizes the emerging artists program on behalf of ownership, at jgrimm@jaygrimm.com.

About 527 Madison Avenue
527 Madison Avenue, located at the corner of 54th Street in New York City, is a boutique commercial office building designed by celebrated architectural firm FXFOWLE. Completed in 1986, it is owned by an affiliate of Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc., which recently invested in significant upgrades including elevator modernization and a new MdeAS-designed lobby.

About Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc.
Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. (MFA) is a real estate investment and development company headquartered in New York City and is the U.S. subsidiary of Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. – Japan’s largest publicly traded real estate company. MFA’s history in the United States dates back to the early 1970s. Since its inception, MFA has acquired and developed numerous office, multifamily and hospitality properties in major markets throughout the U.S. In addition to its significant portfolio of office buildings, MFA recently expanded its development platform, with several office and multifamily development projects launched in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Boston and Washington D.C.

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