For all of you who cannot make it to the gallery to see Andy Sewell’s “Known and Strange Things Pass”, there is now a 3D virtual walk through the exhibition on ARTLAND. Please follow the link to access it!
Commenting on the current discussion around NFTs and reflecting on the notion of collecting, gallery artist Roger Eberhard has released a series of NFTs titled “KRD”:
In the late 70s, people in Switzerland began to collect the lids of the little plastic pots of cream that are served with each coffee. What started as a quaint amusement turned into a multimillion dollars scene by the mid-90s, with some collectors spending over 6000$ on a handful of lids. A decade later the cream pot lid mania faded into oblivion and the lids lost their “value”.
KRD (the German abbreviation for “Kaffeerahmdeckeli”) is a series of 50 photographs of cream pot lids by Roger Eberhard. Each lid’s subject shows a collectible that is or once was collected and sought after. From guns and garden gnomes to expensive artworks and airplanes, KRD shows how collecting can be manifold and oftentimes quite absurd. And how some hypes just don’t endure time.
Simply follow the link to find out more!
BERLIN ART WEEK kicks off! Many galleries and institutions throughout the city present new exhibition projects with a focus on young, emerging positions. For more on all things happening in Berlin this week, please follow the link!
At our gallery in Linienstr. 107 Andy Sewell‘s „Known and Strange Things Pass“ is on view and we are working SPECIAL OPENING HOURS this week: Tuesday – Sunday 12-6pm!
We are very much looking forward to seeing you!
Gallery artist Andrew Phelps and Paul Kranzler have been showing works from their fantastic project “The Drake Equation” in Leiden, NL at the Old Observatory at the University of Leiden. The exhibition ends soon, so this is your last chance to see it (only on weekends): Saturday and Sunday, Sept 18/19 and 25/26! Should you be in the area, don‘t miss it!
Dear friends of the gallery,
we would like to cordially invite you to an artist reception and exhibition opening on Thursday, September 2 at 7pm!
Before, at 6pm, we are hosting a book signing, guided tour of the exhibition and artist talk with Andy Sewell and Robert Morat. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you then!
“Known and Strange Things Pass is about the deep and complex entanglement of technology with contemporary life. It’s about the immediacy of touch and the commonplace miracle of action at a distance; the porosity of the boundaries that hold things apart, and the fragility of the bonds that lock them together.” (Eugenie Shinkle, 1000 Words Magazine)
The transatlantic communications link between Europe and North America, the fiber optic lines of the deep-sea cable through which most of our daily data communication flows, and the actual places where these cables make landfall on both sides of the Atlantic, for British photographer Andy Sewell become threads in a web of analogies.
The series combines technology studies and landscape images taken along the coastlines on both sides of the Atlantic. The project‘s non-linear narrative and associative editing become an analogy of our modern life: “Things in different spatial or temporal phases intertwine and coexist. Worlds we think of as separate bleed into each other – the near and the distant, the ocean and the internet, the physical and the virtual, what we think of as the natural with the cultural and the technological.”
Andy Sewell, born 1978, lives and works in London. His work is exhibited internationally and can be found in important collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London or the Columbia University Art Collection, New York. The book to the exhibition was published by Skinnerbox.
on Thursday, September 02 2021, 7-9 pm
from September 03 to October 30, 2021
Dear friends of the gallery,
while the gallery goes into a summer break after July 31, Robert Morat Galerie is pleased to present an exhibition project organized by its director Tobias Kappel.
»open-ended photography« aims to expand the gallery program through a multiplicity of forms and possibilities, all rooted in photography but interested in a conversation about the mutability of the medium as a defining condition.
Seven Berlin-based artists are contributing works that transcend documentary approaches commonly associated with photographic images. Their experimental access manifests itself in digital, abstract as well as material transformations of the medium. Building on the notion that a translation of reality into another medium will always change that reality, the exhibition guides its audience away from the predominant memorial aspect of photography to open up a more independent way of looking and thinking in images.
Artists: David Hanes, Nora Heinisch, Tobias Kappel, Victoria Pidust, Susanne Schwieter, Stefanie Seufert, Juliane Tübke
VERNISSAGE: SA August 7, 6pm
>>> 8pm Premiere/Screening: »Why can’t I hold all these projections?« by Nora Heinisch
All artists will be present at the opening.
EXHIBITION: August 7–29, 2021
OPENING HOURS: TH 3-9pm FR 2-6pm SA 11am-5pm
GUIDED TOURS: TH August 19, 7pm SA August 21, 3pm
SCREENINGS: TH August 19, 8pm SA August 21, 4pm
The term »open-ended photography« was introduced by Lyle Rexer in his highly acclaimed book about the rise of abstraction in photography titled »The Edge of Vision«.
PHOTO BASEL has announced its exhibitor list and we are very much looking forward to our first participation in the fair September 21-26! For more info and to see the full list of galleries, please click the link for more information.
PHOTO LONDON has announced its exhibitor list and we are very much looking forward to returning to Somerset House September 9-12! For more info and to see the full list of participating galleries, please follow the link.
The gallery is delighted to return to Paris in fall and to have been confirmed for PARIS PHOTO. The fair will be held from November 9 to 14 at the Grand Palais Éphémère, a temporary structure on Champs de Mars, while the Grand Palais is undergoing renovation. We are very much looking forward to seeing you there!
While we are in preparation for the presentation of Jessica Backhaus‘ latest series “Cut Outs” at The Eye Sees during the first week of , July 5-11, we are very happy that the book to the series, published by Kehrer Verlag and designed by Hannah Feldmeier has been shortlisted for the Rencontres d’Arles Book Award!
SWEET HOME, ALONE is a group show, curated by Kristina Schrei, that opened at Schloss Kummerow last weekend. Schloss Kummerow is about a 2.5hrs drive from Berlin in Mecklenburg. The beautifully restored old manor house is home to an impressive private collection of contemporary photography and each year hosts a temporary special exhibition that a guest curator is invited to put together. We are excited about gallery artist Andrea Grützner being included in this current show with works from two series, “Erbgericht” (pictured above) and “Das Eck”. The other artists included in the show are Sibylle Bergemann, Christian Borchert, Henrike Naumann, Peter Piller and Andreas Mühe. Schloss Kummerow is a great day-trip from Berlin – or from Hamburg. Don‘t miss it!
“Andrea Grützner | Erbgericht – Neue Räume” continues at our Berlin gallery and since Friday, June 4 2021, no appointment nor test is needed to visit. We work regular opening hours, Tue-Sat 12-6 pm, and very much look forward to seeing you!
Kunsthalle Erfurt announced it will extend gallery artist Hans-Christian Schink‘s large-scale retrospective exhibition titled „So weit. Fotografien seit 1990“, spanning 30 years of his work, until June 13!
Museums in Erfurt and the federal state of Thuringia will not re-open until after June 3 – so about 10 days to catch the show in June! Erfurt is a good 1.5-hour train ride from Berlin and this show is definitely worth the trip. Don‘t miss it!
Pictured here is a piece from Schink‘s “21hr”-project, a series of photographs of the sun from different locations around the world. The exposure time of exactly 1hr records the sun’s trajectory during that time. This one is titled “04/05/2009, 6:48 am – 7:48 am, S 24°43.399′ E 015°28.310′”, 2009, 178 x 214 cm, gelatin-silver print
In a new episode of his podcast @fotografieneudenken, Andy Scholz is in conversation (in german) with gallery artist Andrea Grützner. To listen in, please click the link!
Gallery artist Jessica Backhaus’s beautiful new book “Cut Outs” is published by Kehrer and out now!
In her previous publication “A Trilogy” (Kehrer, 2017), Jessica Backhaus has taken a path into abstraction that is resolutely continued here – using altogether analog, photographic means. Cut out transparent paper reacts to the heat of intense sunlight, deforms, rises, and casts shadows. The photographer who arranged and staged these compositions becomes an astonished observer of events on which she has only limited influence, a documentarist of a visual experiment, a poetic choreography of intense colors in the sunlight.
To order your copy, simply follow the link!
For all of you who cannot travel to see Andrea Grützner’s “Erbgericht – Neue Räume” at the gallery, there is now a 3D virtual walk through the exhibition on ARTLAND. Please follow the link to access it!
To help stop the further spread of COVID-19, the gallery will take an extended Easter Break and close the space April 1 – 5.
After April 6, complying with new regulations by the Berlin Senate, visitors must register and present a negative corona test issued the same day. To make registering easy, we ask you to please book your time slot by using the link below – beforehand or when entering the gallery.
We very much look forward to seeing you at the gallery!
You can now book your visit to see Andrea Grützner’s “Erbgericht – Neue Räume”
online by following the link below.
OPENING WEEKEND today, Friday and Saturday, March 25, 26 and 27. We are open daily 12-6 pm. Complying with current corona regulations, visits are by appointment only, we can allow max of 3 visitors at a time, appointments are 30 mins, please wear a mask!
We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the gallery!
Berlin corona regulations currently allow for us to host an opening weekend for
“ANDREA GRÜTZNER ERBGERICHT – NEUE RÄUME” tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, March 25, 26 and 27. We are open daily 12-6 pm, visits by appointment! Appointments can be arranged on short notice, on-site. We can allow 3 visitors at a time, please wear a mask!
Dear friends of the gallery,
for Thursday, March 25th, we had planned the reopening of the gallery and the presentation of the exhibition “Erbgericht – Neue Räume” with works by Andrea Grützner. As the current situation makes reliable planning difficult, we will communicate a possible re-scheduling at short notice on the website in the NEWS section. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery very soon.
For over a hundred years “Erbgericht” is a county inn, a guesthouse in rural Saxony, in a village called Polenz. Andrea Grützner, born 1984 in Pirna, spent her early childhood nearby and tells of a big old house “full of nooks and crannies, whose corners and objects have the memories of generations attached to them. It’s a collage of material built over generations!”.
The images of her series “Erbgericht”, taken in one analog shot, are studies of these corners and objects. Through the use of color flash and the creation of strong shadow lines, the interiors look alienated and transformed. “Shadows are traces and marks that have a direct relation to the object, but through the projection, it can appear twice as big or transformed and changed. Shadows take on their own lives” and thus, says Andrea Grützner, they work a lot like memories.
Five years ago, in spring 2016, the gallery presented the first works from the highly acclaimed series. During the last three years, while Andrea Grützner worked on other projects, completed a Bauhaus residency, accepted several teaching positions and exhibited intensively internationally, several new pictures were taken at “Erbgericht” and the gallery is happy to now be able to show these “new rooms”.
Gallery artist Bernhard Fuchs’ long-running museum show of his latest series “Mühl” at Josef Albers Museum in Bottrop is coming to an end. The museum had been closed for most of the past months due to COVID regulations in Germany. Since many didn’t get the chance to see it, click the link to experience a commented video walk through the exhibition!
“Mühl” is a series of landscapes and nature studies, published at Koenig Books in spring 2020. It is an autobiographical series as the artist, living and working in Düsseldorf, has returned to his native Upper Austria to work in and around the small village of Haslach, where he was born. Fuchs takes long walks in his native region, the “Mühlviertel”, finding peace and tranquility, creating simple, quiet images that manage to capture what is hardest to capture, an atmosphere, a sentiment of belonging and connection to a place.
After “Wald” (2012) and “Fluss” (2015) and the award-winning publication of “L.A. Drive By” in 2018, gallery artist Michael Lange just released a new beautiful book of investigations into nature titled “Cold Mountain”.
The publisher writes: “For six years, Michael Lange made extensive journeys to various regions of the French Alps (Mercantour, Ecrin, Serre-Chevalier, Valloire, Val Cenis, Vanoise and others) searching for solitude and silence. High up in the mountains he created a collection of impressive meditative images, between light and dark, quiet and storm. (…) The title COLD MOUNTAIN refers to the legendary Zen monk, poet and recluse Hanshan (“Cold Mountain”) from 7th century China. The selection of poems reflecting the solitude of the mountains and human soul states is taken from four famous Zen hermits – Hanshan, Ikkyu, Basho and Ryokan – from the 7th, 15th, 17th and 18th centuries in China and Japan. In the sequence of the book, the poems connect the groups of pictures. They set the tone and determine the atmosphere of the book and the pictures and reflect the author’s long relationship to Zen Buddhism, which has had a major influence on his landscape photography.”
Order your copy directly from the publisher, Hartmann Books here: @hartmann_projects or get it at your local bookstore!
With the gallery closed until further notice, we would like to introduce WEEKLY WINDOW, an alternating presentation in our window at Linienstrasse 107 in Berlin, showing highlights from the gallery program – a new piece every week!
WEEKLY WINDOW #1
Christopher Anderson “untitled”, C-Print, 100 x 135cm, Edition of 3, from the series “Son”, 2013.
Christopher Anderson, born in 1970 in Canada, today lives and works in Paris. He first received international attention for his documentary work from conflict zones all over the world and is a member of Magnum since 2005. The birth of his son in 2008 became the starting point for a very personal, intimate project. This image, showing his wife and son with the baby looking back at his father (and the viewer) through a shower screen, became an iconic image and the cover for the book, “Son”, published at Kehrer Verlag in 2013.
At the time of the publication of the book, Anderson said: “For many years I have traveled extensively to document the emotional experiences of others. Then shortly after the birth of our son, after the intense joy of new life, my father was diagnosed with lung cancer. It is fair to say that I found myself reflecting on obvious themes of life and death, my role as a son and a father, my own life passing. An experience that is at the same time the most unique and the most universal. These photographs are an organic response to that experience. It feels like everything I ever photographed only prepared me for this project. I think this series of photographs is my most important work, they are a record of love and a reflection on the seasonal nature of life.”
Last year, in 2020, Christopher Anderson followed this series up with a second very personal project, published with Stanley/Baker, devoted to his daughter and titled “Pia”.
With lockdown regulations in Germany now officially extended well into the next month, we had no choice but to re-schedule the opening of Andy Sewell’s “Known and Strange Things Pass”! A new date for the exhibition will be announced! Please stay safe and sane and stay home!
We are very much looking forward to seeing you back at the gallery very soon!
With lockdown regulations in Germany officially extended to the end of the month, we are now preparing an OPENING DAY for Andy Sewell’s “Known and Strange Things Pass” on February 4th! Since we will not be able to host an artist reception in the evening, the show will be open 12-6 pm that day. We will then resume regular opening hours, Tuesday–Saturday, 12-6 pm, after February 4.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you back at the gallery!
Complying with current regulations in Germany and to help stop the further spread of COVID 19, the gallery is closed until further notice! The opening date for the upcoming show, Andy Sewell’s “Known and Strange Things Pass” in January, will be announced soon!
We want to thank the loyal collectors and new clients who helped us navigate a difficult year; the artists, namely Bertien van Manen, Roger Eberhard and Max Pinckers, who trusted us with showing their work these past 12 months; and the many visitors throughout summer and during Gallery Weekend and EMOP in fall, for coming out to see our shows and making it all worthwhile! Stay safe and healthy! Happy Holidays! Very much looking forward to welcoming you back at the gallery very soon!
Image taken from Bertien van Manen‘s series “Let‘s Sit Down Before We Go”, published by MACK Books, London, 2011.
Galleries are exempt from the new Corona regulations in Germany and will remain open during November!
Max Pinckers “Margins of Excess” is now on view until Dec 19, our opening hours are: Thu–Sat, 12–6 pm.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!
We are happy to introduce new work by gallery artist Simon Roberts on Artsy in an online viewing room, open from October 24 to November 24! “The Celestials” is a series of cyanotypes made using negatives of photographs taken from plane windows during Roberts’ expeditions over the preceding years, views that had immediately become an estranged perspective during the Covid-19 pandemic. To find out more and to see a selection of images, please use the link!
For all of you who cannot travel to see Max Pinckers’ “Margins of Excess” at the gallery, there is now a 3D virtual walk through the exhibition on ARTLAND. Please follow the link to access it!
Works from the series “The Hero Mother – How to build a house” by gallery Artist Peter Puklus are included in the group show titled “Modern Love” at the Museum für neue Kunst in Freiburg. The show runs well into the next year, until March 7, 2021 – don’t miss it!
Robert Morat Galerie is very happy about gallery artist Roger Eberhard’s large scale museum show of “Human Territoriality” at Photophorum Pasquat in Biel, Switzerland! Curated by Danaé Panchaud, the exhibition runs until Nov 22. Should you be in the area, make sure not to miss it!
Robert Morat Galerie congratulates gallery artist Andrea Grützner on receiving the Stiftungspreis Fotokunst 2020 of the Sammlung Klein!
The group exhibition of the 10 shortlisted artists is on view at KUNSTWERK in Nussdorf until December 20. For more info please follow the link.
Dear friends of the gallery,
we are happy to contribute once again to the program of EMOP, the European Month of Photography in Berlin. From Friday, September 25 on, the gallery is thrilled to be able to present “Margins of Excess” by Belgian photo-artist Max Pinckers.
In light of the current situation, we will not be able to host an artist reception. The show will kick off with a soft opening and book signing on Friday, September 25 between 12 and 6pm. Max Pinckers will be present. From Saturday, September 26 on, the gallery will return to its regular opening hours Tuesday – Saturday, 12 to 6pm. We look forward to seeing you!
Max Pinckers’ “Margins of Excess” examines the difficult differentiation between reality and fiction in the modern media age. The notion of how personal imagination conflicts with generally accepted beliefs is expressed through the narratives of six individuals. Every one of them momentarily received nationwide attention in the US press because of their attempts to realize a dream or passion but were presented as frauds or deceivers by the media’s apparent incapacity to deal with idiosyncratic versions of reality. The project asks to what extent terms such as “truth”, “half-truth”, “lie”, “fiction” and “entertainment” are connected in an era of “post-truth”. The photographs are accompanied by press articles, archive material, and personal interviews.
Max Pinckers (* 1988) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. His works are exhibited internationally and have won multiple awards, e.g. the Edward Steichen Award (2015) and the Leica Oscar Barnack Award (2018).
We are very much looking forward to BERLIN ART WEEK and GALLERY WEEKEND and to being able to personally welcome many of you back to the gallery after a long time. The internationally acclaimed series „Human Territoriality” by Roger Eberhard will be on display. Our opening hours during ART WEEK are as follows:
Wednesday, Sep 9: 12–6 pm
Thursday, Sep 10: 12–6 pm
Friday, Sep 11: 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday, Sep 12: 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday, Sep 13: 11 am – 6 pm
We are very much looking forward to seeing you!
Dear friends of the gallery,
since we can‘t host an artist talk at the gallery at this point and since many of you can‘t visit us here in Berlin, we came up with a new YouTube channel: “Gallery Talks” is a new series of short videos, providing an opportunity to hear artists speak about the concepts and ideas behind the projects exhibited in our space.
In our first episode, Swiss artist Roger Eberhard talks about “Human Territoriality”, his current show that will be on view at the gallery until September 19.
We are again joining many of our colleagues throughout the city and will open our doors from 11am-5pm on Sunday, June 21. Looking foward to seeing you!
Gallery artist Claudius Schulze’s show of “Biosphere”, a site-specific installation for KUNST HAUS WIEN, is open to visitors again and on view until August 30!
Curator Sophie Haslinger writes in the introduction to the exhibition:
“Claudius Schulze conflates two epoch-defining trends, which at first glance seem to have nothing to do with each other: the rapid extinction of species on the one hand and the creation of new life forms through artificial intelligence and bionics on the other. Claudius Schulze’s work does not provide answers, but rather asks questions and makes complex relationships visible. The process of research is a central component of his work. As a “researching artist” – between scientific approaches and artistic photography – Schulze works on the representation of these two abstract phenomena and tries to make them more tangible.”
On Sunday May 24, joining many of our colleauges in the neighborhood and throughout the city, the gallery will be open 11am-5pm. We are very much looking forward to seeing you!
For all of you who cannot make it to Berlin to see the Roger Eberhard exhibition, you can now take a virtual tour of the show with our friends at ARTLAND.
Opening Roger Eberhard’s Human Territoriality on May 9 2020, 12-6pm
In order to help stop the further spread of COVID19, we will not have an artist reception or opening night at this time. The gallery will be open during regular opening hours on May 9 and we very much look forward to seeing you then!
After May 9, we will resume regular opening hours: Thu – Sat, 12-6pm and by appointment.
Until then the gallery remains closed for installation!
As longtime exhibitors at PARIS PHOTO and long standing members of AIPAD, we were enthusiastically looking forward to the launch of the first edition of PARIS PHOTO NY that was scheduled to take place last week.
Amidst growing concerns around the spread of COVID19, the fair has been canceled a month ago — and today we are devastated to hear how hard New York City has been hit by the pandemic. Our heart goes out to all our many friends in the city and those in lockdown around the world. Stay safe and sane and stay home!
Since we were excited about our concept for the fair, we thought we would take this opportunity and give you the possibility to view the works online from home. It is not the same as actually visiting the booth, let alone meeting and discussing the works in person, but it still is a good way of showing you what we had in stall.
When thinking about the concept for our booth, we had come across a quote by the great Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri:
“My point of departure for looking into landscape is to consider nothing to be insignificant, and to see in a landscape, in a point of space, in a moment of life, or in a slight change of light, the possibility of a new perception!”
As Ghirri put it, looking at a landscape picture, a representation of the world, allows for the possibility of a renewed perception. We titled the concept “Contemporary Landscape” and invited two photographers who very much stand for a new or re-newed perspective and whose different approaches to the topic of “Landscape” have given them distinguished positions in contemporary photography. They are Janelle Lynch and Bill Jacobson.
Please visit our virtual fair booth on Artsy by unsing the link!
Roger Eberhard‘s new book “Human Territoriality” received a generous review in yesterdays FAZ – the show at the gallery will open as soon as possible! Please sign up to our newsletter to stay updated! The book to the series has been published at Edition Patrick Frey, Zürich, and is now available from your local photobook dealer!
Read the full review (unfortunately only in German) by clicking the link below:
Gallery closed until further notice!
In light of the current situation, we have decided to postpone Roger Eberhard‘s exhibition of “Human Territoriality” and to close the gallery until further notice!
Please continue to reach us via eMail, through our website and on our social media platforms. And please stay healthy! We are looking forward to welcoming you at the gallery again very soon!
Image: Roger Eberhard – “Great Wall, China, 2018” from the series “Human Territoriality”
Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam pays tribute to Bertien van Manen, presenting a large retrospective exhibition titled „Beyond the Image“. The show includes all all major projects the Dutch photographer has produced and published since the 1970’s and juxtaposes each series with the work of another photographer who van Manen feels had an influence on her work, including Nan Golding, Boris Mikhailov, Guido Guidi, Robert Frank and Stephen Gill. The show runs until August 09 – should you be in Amsterdam, don’t miss this show!
We are thrilled to see gallery artist Andrea Grützner among the participants of “New Visions”, the Triennial for Photography and New Media, taking place at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter from February 21 till May 17, 2020!
The inaugural Triennial for Photography and New Media at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway will bring together recent work of 31 international artists. It will be the first major international presentation of its kind in Norway and will fill all three gallery spaces of the ground floor at the museum.
The first edition foregrounds practices that acknowledge the fluctuating and networked condition of contemporary photography and society more generally, while also articulating a keen sensitivity towards the history of photography and art. Abstraction, digital and manual collage, new configurations of still life and the human body are key tendencies. The works on view are produced within the last three years and several are exhibited for the first time.
It is titled New Visions, referring to the program for a New Vision developed by László Moholy-Nagy in the interwar period, and that greatly impacted experimental photography throughout the 20th-century.
Curated by Susanne Østby Sæther in collaboration with Behzad Farazollahi and Christian Tunge from artist run gallery Melk in Oslo.
Gallery artist Peter Puklus‘ widely acclaimed “Handbook to the Stars” was unfortunately out of print and no longer available for years. Now the artist has finally decided to print a second edition! It is ready for pre-order on his website at peterpuklus.com.
Gallery artist Roger Eberhard will publish his new book “Human Territoriality” with Edition Patrick Frey in March! The publication will coincide with Roger‘s solo show of the work at our Berlin gallery, opening March 20. Save the date! To pre-order the book, please use the link.
For all of you who cannot make it to Berlin to see the Bertien van Manen exhibition, you can now take a virtual tour of the show with our friends at ARTLAND.
Kunsthalle Rostock opens “Werkschau”, a survey show of works by gallery artists Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler on Saturday, January 25, at 6pm! Curated by Ingo Taubhorn and Brigitte Woischnik, the exhibition has traveled from Haus der Photographie at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg to Fotomuseum Den Haag and is now on view in Rostock until April 13. Should you be in the area, don‘t miss this show!
Robert Morat Galerie is delighted to announce the participation in the upcoming first edition of PARIS PHOTO NY!
We are presenting works by: Bill Jacobson | Janelle Lynch
Thursday, 2 April 2020 from 12 – 7 pm
Friday, 3 April 2020 from 12 – 7 pm
Saturday, 4 April 2020 from 12 – 7 pm
Sunday, 5 April 2020 from 12 – 6 pm
Pier 94, 711 12th Ave
New York, NY 10019
Please join us for the opening of “Bertien van Manen | Book Stories”
on Friday, January 10 2020, at 7 pm.
Bertien van Manen, an icon of documentary photography, will be honored with an extensive retrospective exhibition in her hometown of Amsterdam at Stedelijk Museum in spring. Coinciding with this large museum show, Robert Morat Gallery is pleased to be able to present a survey show titled “Book Stories” in Berlin.
Throughout her career, renowned Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen (*1942, The Hague) has been known for her publications. Her first two photo books, “One Hundred Summers, One Hundred Winters” (De Verbeelding, Amsterdam, 1994) and “East Wind, West Wind” (De Verbeelding, Amsterdam, 2001), have established her reputation as an artist and uncompromising documentarist; today both are rare, sought-after collectibles on the photobook market. The book project “Give Me Your Image” (Steidl, Göttingen, 2006) led to great international recognition and solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, the Fine Arts Museum in Boston or the Museum Ludwig in Budapest.
Since 2011 van Manen has been publishing exclusively with MACK Books in London. The first book there was titled “Let’s sit down before we go” (Mack Books, London, 2011), followed by “Easter and Oak Trees” (Mack Books, London, 2013), “Moonshine” (Mack Books, London , 2014), “Beyond Maps andAtlases” (Mack Books, London, 2016) and “I will be Wolf” (Mack Books, London, 2017).
The exhibition includes individual images and work contexts from all published series and aims to provide an overview of over 25 years of photographic work and in particular to underline the influential role of Bertien van Manen as a photobook artist.
on Friday, January 10, 7-9 pm
from January 11 to March 7, 2020
We are looking back at a highly successful year for the gallery, both at the art fairs we attented in 2019 (Unseen Amsterdam and PARIS PHOTO) as well as in the Berlin space. We want to thank the collectors and clients who support the gallery, the many visitors who came to see our shows and the artists we repesent for their trust and friendship! Happy holidays and a good start into the new year everyone!
December 22nd to January 9th 2020 the gallery is closed.
Image: Bernhard Fuchs – “Dobring, Winter, 2010, 48 x 37 cm, C-Print”
For all of you who cannot make it to Berlin to see the Lia Darjes exhibition, you can now take a virtual tour of the show with our friends at ARTLAND.
Robert Morat Galerie is very much looking forward to returning to PARIS PHOTO. The fair will be held at Grand Palais, November 7 to 10! We will be exhibiting works by Andrea Grützner (Erbgericht), Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler (Kleinstadt), Peter Puklus (The Hero Mother – How to build a house) and Hans-Christian Schink (Burma). Should you be around, please come by to say hello, we are in our regular spot in booth #A38.
Gallery artist Jessica Backhaus‘ beautiful, new publication “Far away but close” is due out next week with Another Place Press and you can get your signed copy at our booth!
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Lia Darjes | Tempora Morte” on Friday, October 25, at 7 pm.
Asked about the most important influence on her work, Lia Darjes answers: “Visits in the Berlin Gemäldegalerie.” This influence is clearly visible in her new book “Tempora Morte”. The photographic series was created in 2016 in Kaliningrad, Russia, and documents the modest roadside market stands where old women sell the modest harvest from their garden or the nearby forest to supplement their meagre pensions. “In autumn you may find three apples, some raisins and two bulbs of garlic. At other times of the year maybe two jars of homemade strawberry jam and two cabbages or dried fish.”
Theoretically, these images are therefore documentary images, they could also be understood as a reportage on topics such as old-age poverty or micro-economics – but in fact, the subject matter is iconically exaggerated. Through the use of a small flash and the underexposure of the background, Darjes creates still life studies reminiscent of the opulent paintings of old Dutch masters. “I had long been looking for an opportunity to do a contemporary still life project. But I did not want to stage those still lifes in the studio, but find them in the real world, extracting them from reality. I could do just that for Tempora Morte.”
Lia Darjes was born in Berlin in 1984 and grew up in Hamburg. She studied with Prof. Ute Mahler first at HAW in Hamburg and then as a master class student with Prof. Ute Mahler and Ingo Taubhorn at Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. Since 2018 she herself has a teaching position at Ostkreuzschule. Her award-winning work is exhibited internationally. The book to the series “Tempora Morte” was published in the fall of 2019 with a text by Andrei Zavadski at Hartmann Books.
on Friday, October 25, 7-9 pm
from October 26 to December 21, 2019
Robert Morat Galerie is very much looking forward to this year’s edition of UNSEEN, Amsterdam from September 20 – 22! We will be showing new works by Lia Darjes (Tempora Morte), Andrea Grützner (Hive) and Peter Puklus (The Hero Mother – How to build a house). Should you be around, please come by to say hello and see our presentation at booth #20.
The book to Lia Darjes series “Tempora Morte” will be launched in our booth on Saturday, September 21, at 11:30 am. Make sure not to miss the chance to get your signed copy!
For all of you who cannot make it to Berlin to see the John Divola exhibition, you can now take a virtual tour of the show with our friends at ARTLAND.
Robert Morat Galerie is pleased to find Lia Darjes‘ “Tempora Morte” on the cover of Photonews Magazine‘s September issue! We will be showing the work in our booth at UNSEEN, Amsterdam in September and during Lia‘s first solo show at the gallery in Berlin in October! We are very much looking forward to both! The book to the series is published at Hartmann Projects with a text by Andrei Zavadski – it will be launched in our booth during UNSEEN on Saturday, September 21, at 11:30 am. Should you be around, make sure not to miss the chance to get your signed copy!
@lia_darjes @hartmann_projects @unseenplatform @azavadski
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “John Divola | Vandalism” on Friday, September 06, at 7 pm.
In the early 1970s, Californian photographer John Divola was one of the first to question the limits of his medium, exploring concepts of sculpture, installation, performance and intervention in his iconic, formative series “Vandalism” (1973-1975). Robert Morat Gallery is thrilled to be able to show this important body of work in Berlin.
Between 1973 and 1975, the American photographer John Divola – then in his mid twenties and without a studio of his own – travelled across Los Angeles in search of dilapidated properties in which to make photographs. Armed with a camera, spray paint, string and cardboard, the artist would produce one of his most significant photographic projects entitled Vandalism. In this visceral, black and white series of images Divola vandalized vacant homes with abstract constellations of graffiti-like marks, ritualistic configurations of string hooked to pins, and torn arrangements of card, before cataloguing the results. The project vigorously merged the documentary approach with staged interventions echoing performance, sculpture and installation art. Serving as a conceptual sabotaging of the delineations between such documentary and artistic practices, at a time when the ‘truthfulness’ of photography was being called into question, Vandalism helped to establish Divola’s highly distinctive photographic language.
John Divola (American, b. 1949), one of the most distinguished visual artists of his generation, earned a BA from California State University, Northridge (1971) and an MA from University of California, Los Angeles (1973). His images challenge the boundaries between fiction and reality, as well as the limitations of art to describe life. “Vandalism” (1973-1975) is one of Divola’s earliest series, predating “Zuma” (1977), “As Far as I Could Get” (1997) and “Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert” (2004). His work exhibited internationally and found in important public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Getty Museum in LA, the V&A in London or the Whitney Museum in New York.
“Vandalism”, the book accompanying the exhibition was published by MACK Books, London in 2018.
on Friday, September 06, 7-9 pm
from September 07 to October 19, 2019
Robert Morat Galerie wishes everyone a sunny summertime! Please note our special opening hours throughout August: Thu – Sat: 12 – 6 pm. Shane Lavalette’s beautiful solo show of “Still (Noon)” is on display until August 31 – don’t miss it!
Image: Simon Roberts – “English Garden, Munich, Germany, 152 x 115 cm, C-Print, Ed. of 4 + 1 AP”
Robert Morat Galerie is pleased to announce that gallery artist Peter Puklus presents his award winning series “Hero Mother – How to build a House” at Gibellina Photo Road in Sicily! The festival runs through August 31. The gallery will present the work intensively this coming fall with presentations in both our booths at UNSEEN Amsterdam in September and at PARIS PHOTO in November!
You can now take a 3D virtual tour on ARTLAND of our current show “Still (Noon)” by Shane Lavalette!
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Shane Lavalette | Still (Noon)” on Friday, July 12, at 7 pm.
When Swiss Fotostiftung in Winterthur and the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne approached young American photographer Shane Lavalette to contribute work to a group show titled “Unfamiliar Familiarities. Outside Views on Switzerland” in 2016, Lavalette started to research in the Winterthur archives. He came across contact sheets of a reportage by Theo Frey.
Swiss photographer Theo Frey (1908-1997) was a photo journalist and a documentarist. For the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition he visited and systematically photographed in twelve Swiss villages, aiming to tell a story of Switzerland at that moment in time.
“Following the footsteps of Frey’s journey from nearly eighty years earlier, I now traveled to the same twelve villages in order to find new images that explore the fabric of Switzerland today”, explains Shane Lavalette, “guided by chance encounters and my own meditations on the past, present, and future.”
“Within the archive at the Fotostiftung Schweiz, I uncovered unexpected connections between my own images and Frey’s, and was at once confronted with the weight of history. I considered the ways in which Frey’s photographs have different implications now than the day that they were made, and how the meaning of my own images will undoubtedly transform with age as well. Photographs, I realized, are much like mountains. Though we think of images as fixed and still, what we see in them is always shifting, however slowly, with time.”
Shane Lavalette (*1987) is an American photographer, an independent publisher and editor, and the director of Light Work, a nonprofit photography organization based in Syracuse, New York. He holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. In 2016, he published his monograph “One Sun, One Shadow”, exploring the American South, inspired by its rich musical tradition. The book to the series “Still (Noon)” was published in 2018 by Zurich based Edition Patrick Frey.
on Friday, July 12, 7-9 pm
from July 13 to August 31, 2019
Robert Morat Galerie is thrilled to announce Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler’s first major institutional exhibition in the Netherlands to open at Fotomuseum Den Haag on Friday, June 28 at 6.30pm! The exhibition is a cooperation with Deichtorhallen / Haus der Photographie in Hamburg and spans more than 40 years of work, from the beginnings in the former GDR to their most recent, highly acclaimed series “Kleinstadt”. The exhibition will be on display until September 22. Don‘t miss it!
Robert Morat Galerie will present works from “Kleinstadt” later this year at PARIS PHOTO in November!
@fotomuseumdenhaag @deichtorhallenhamburg @parisphotofair @uwmahler @wimvansinderen @ingotaubhorn
Gallery artist Bill Jacobson will have work included in an exciting upcoming group show titled “Don‘t touch my Circles” at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco! The image pictured here is:
Bill Jacobson, #123, 2018, an analog silver gelatin print taken out of his brand new series of out-of-focus landscape photographs. If you are in the Bay Area, don‘t miss this show, it runs from June 29 to August 31! @cclarkgallery @bill_jacobson
On Thursday, June 27 at 7pm, Tobias Kruse will be in conversation with Felix Hoffmann (Curator, C/O Berlin), speaking about his work, his new book (Kerber Verlag) and his current show with us titled “Material”.
The talk will be in German. Due to limited seating, we kindly ask you to register under email@example.com until Tuesday, June 25 at 12 noon.
Andy Sewell will be exhibiting at the Les Rencontres d’Arles this year! His series “Something like a Nest” from 2014 will be part of a group show titled “HOME SWEET HOME 1970–2018: THE BRITISH HOME, A POLITICAL HISTORY” curated by Isabelle Bonnet! Make sure not to miss this one!
Robert Morat Galerie is happy to announce that gallery artist Mårten Lange will be exhibiting at the Les Rencontres d’Arles this year! His series “Chicxulub” from 2016 that we presented at Paris Photo last November will be part of a group show titled “ON EARTH – TECHNOLOGY AND THE NATURAL WORLD” at Les Forges! We are very much looking forward to seeing you there!
Gallery artist Jessica Backhaus opens her solo show of “A Trilogy” at MuttY in Italy! The show was produced in cooperation with our friends at MiCamera, Milan. The vernissage is at MuttY in Castiglione delle Stiviere at 7:30 pm this Friday, May 24. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Robert Morat Galerie is delighted to announce that Tobias Kruse has just been awarded the recommended Olympus Fellowship 2019!
In cooperation with Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF), Olympus created “recommended” in 2017, a fellowship for up-and-coming photographers in the artistic field. The aim is to support the photographers at a crucial juncture in their careers by enabling them to work closely with curators at the three renowned European institutions for photography. The fellowship, which includes a grant as well as advisory support, enables every two years three selected fellows to undertake a dedicated photo project. Each fellow is personally coached by a curator at one of the distinguished photography institutions in conceiving and realising the project. The curators then exhibit the project results in order to draw the attention of the wider audience and the art world to the fellows’ work.
Image: © Olympus / Niklas Nischke
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Tobias Kruse | Material” on Friday, May 10, at 7 pm.
“Material” was published at Kerber Verlag November 2018. The series includes narratives, notes and observations from the past ten years, in which Tobias Kruse has produced images that translate a mood, a sense of life into an authentic visual language. “In recent years, Tobias Kruse has captured the unspeakable moments of life: the shape of an object, the certainty of impending injuries, the birth of children and happiness on their skin,” wrote Laura Benz on the occasion of the book’s publication. “Many call the work a diary, but of course that’s not what it is”, says Tobias Kruse. “It’s miniatures, a condensate.”
Tobias Kruse was born in 1979 in Mecklenburg. He studied photography with Prof. Ute Mahler at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie and attended the masterclass of Prof. Arno Fischer. Since 2011 he is a member of the agency OSTKREUZ. Since 2017 he teaches at the Ostkreuz School of Photography. His works are exhibited and published internationally. Tobias Kruse lives and works in Berlin.
on Friday, May 10, 7-9 pm
from May 11 to June 29, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that we must share the news of the passing of Michael Wolf (1954-2019). It was only in March that we had agreed to be working together in the future and we were enthusiastic about the plans we were making and about what felt like a new friendship! Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family!
Robert Morat Galerie is very much looking forward to seeing you around at this years edition of GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN! Hans-Christian Schink‘s “Hinterland” will be on display and we will work special opening hours: Thursday, April 25, 12-9pm, Friday, April 26, 12-9pm, Saturday and Sunday, April 27/28, 11-7pm. @galleryweekendberlin
Robert Morat Galerie is pleased to share that gallery artist Shane Lavalette has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant! The image (“Saint-Saphorin”, 2016) is taken from the series and publication “Still (Noon)“ published by Edition Patrick Frey. Works from the project will be on view during Shane‘s upcoming gallery show with us in Berlin this summer!
On Saturday May 4 at 7pm FOTOTREFF BERLIN is lining up an interesting program: Gallery artist Jessica Backhaus will be in conversation with curator Matthias Harder – and in a new category of talks titled “Book Slots” Tobias Kruse will speak about his new publication “Material”. The exhibition of this work will open at our gallery just a week after, on Friday May 10 at 7pm!
Image: Jessica Backhaus – “You will see”, 2015, from her latest publication “A Trilogy”
Robert Morat Galerie congratulates gallery artist Ron Jude for being awarded a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship! @ron_jude
Works from Hans-Christian Schink’s beautiful Rome series titled “Aqua Claudia“ will be on view together with older works from his “Traffic Projects“ at Kunstmuseum Heidenheim from Saturday April 6 on. Should you be in the area, an opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5, at 7pm!
You can now take a 3D virtual tour on ARTLAND of our current show “Hinterland” by Hans-Christian Schink!
Gallery artist Peter Bialobrzeski‘s show “Die zweite Heimat” at Haus am Kleistpark in Berlin ends this week! Ingo Taubhorn speaks at the finissage on Sunday, March 31, at 4pm! Looking forward to seeing you there! @bialobrzeski_peter
With his retrospective show of “Life in Cities” now closed at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, gallery artist Michael Wolf is looking back at an extraordinarily successful exhibition, with well over 50.000 visitors and rave reviews. The show in Hamburg may be closed, but should you be in Berlin, make sure to not miss the small, beautiful show of Michael Wolf‘s latest body of work, the “Cheung Chau Sunrises”, at Bildband Berlin on occasion of the publication of the work by Buchkunst Berlin! Please follow the link to check out artbooksonline.eu Instagram post about the publication!
Hans-Christian Schink is the “Artist of the Month” in the March issue of the German language edition of “LE MONDE diplomatique”! Pictured throughout the newspaper are images from his two most recent series “Burma” and “Hinterland”. “Hinterland”, a study of German landscapes, will be our contribution to this year‘s Berlin Gallery Weekend in April. The image above from “Burma” will be part of our presentation at Paris Photo in November!
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Hans-Christian Schink | Hinterland” on Friday, March 22, at 7 pm.
Hans-Christian Schink, born in Erfurt in 1961, studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. He is considered one of the most important representatives of contemporary photography in Germany. His works, mostly landscape studies in the field of tension between nature and civilization, are exhibited internationally and can be found in important public and private collections. With “Hinterland” the gallery presents Schink’s latest body of work.
“Hinterland means the sparsely populated areas off the big cities, in this series especially the remote regions of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,” explains Hans-Christian Schink. “On the other hand, the title Hinterland also refers to the imaginary landscapes that emerge from my memory. Landscapes that I know from my childhood.” And he goes on: “So this series is not about portraying concrete places. My pictures are more the result of a search without a destination.” In his project, Hans-Christian Schink tries to keep a balance of showing the brittle beauty of this form of landscape whilst transporting an atmosphere of melancholy, which stems from the endangerment of this landscape caused by the permanent exploitation of its resources.
on Friday, March 22, 7-9 pm
from March 23 to May 4, 2019
Robert Morat Galerie is thrilled to announce that Michael Wolf has joined the gallery for representation in Germany! Please sign on to our newsletter to stay in the loop for upcoming events.
Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler‘s hugely successful publication of “Kleinstadt”, put out by Hartmann Projetcs, is now available in its second print run! We still have 5 signed copies of the first edition left at the gallery! The exhibition of the beautiful prints from the series is up until March 16! Don‘t miss it! For more info on the show, please click below!
Robert Morat Galerie has now joined ARTLAND. The App allows 3D virtual tours of our exhibitions and provides info about pieces on display. Check it out!
We are kicking off the new year and look forward to seeing you at our first Opening Reception 2019 on Friday, January 18.
Ute & Werner Mahler | Kleinstadt (Small Town)
Ute and Werner Mahler (born 1949 and 1950), were key figures in photography in the former GDR and co-founded the renowned photography agency Ostkreuz after the fall of the Wall. After having pursued successful careers for decades independently, the couple presented their first joint project in 2011, a series of black-and-white portraits titled “Monalisas of the Suburbs”. In 2014, a second joint project followed, “The Strange Days”, a series of large format landscape studies.
Now the couple presents a new joint project and its third joint publication, “Kleinstadt” (Hartmann Projects), an expedition to the German hinterland. A visit to the small German town, which consists of the pictures of many small towns: from Arzberg over Bitterfeld, Hofgeismar, Pasewalk and Zimmern to Waden and Zehdenick. “We have been interested in this topic for a long time, we worked on suburbs and non-exciting places before. We wanted to visit cities that are not in any travel guide and that are too far from the highway for people to pass through,” explains Ute Mahler in an interview with ZEIT Magazin. “These places are biotopes in which life seems manageable. Where there is great community, but also strong social control. Where there are no attractions, the little things become exciting.”
on Friday, January 18, at 7 pm
from January 19 to March 16, 2019
We kindly invite all of our friends to the 27th edition of Fototreff, taking place on Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at 7pm! Gallery artist Peter Bialobrzeski will be the main guest this evening and we highly recommend a short stop at our gallery beforehand to have a closer look at his “City Diaries”. Last chance!
With his current show of “City Diaries” at our Linienstraße space about to come down at the end of next week, gallery artist Peter Bialobrzeski is already in preparations for his next Berlin show! “Die zweite Heimat” will open at Haus am Kleistpark on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7pm!
We are looking back at an extraordinarily successful year for the gallery, both at the art fairs we attented in 2018 (San Francisco, London and Paris) as well as in the Berlin space. We want to thank the collectors and clients who trusted our judgment, the many visitors who came to see our shows for their keen interest and the fabulous group of people who help the gallery in every aspect! Last but not least we thank all artists we repesent for their trust and friendship!
December 23rd to January 3rd 2019 the gallery is closed.
Happy holidays and a good start into the new year everyone!
Image: Ron Jude – “Abandoned Cabin”
Peter Bialobrzeski “Wuhan Diary” – Book Launch & Signing on Saturday, Dec. 15, 3-5pm! Seven books of Bialobrzeski’s long term project of photographic “City Diaries” have already been published by The Velvet Cell. The eighth publication, on the city of Wuhan in China, is now out and will be presented at the gallery. Save the date!
Robert Morat Galerie is pleased to announce that on Friday, Dec. 7 at 10am Goethe-Institut Paris in cooperation with The Eyes Magazine will host an artist talk / exhibition tour / breakfast with Rémi Coignet and Jessica Backhaus on occasion of her current show “Eternity in an Hour” on display at Goethe-Institut Paris until Jan. 8, 2019. Please come by if you are in town!
Robert Morat Galerie is very much looking forward to the opening of a new show at our gallery in Berlin! Peter Bialobrzeski‘s “City Diaries” opens on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7pm. We are looking forward to seeing you!