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SAVE THE DATE(S): MICHAEL LANGE OPENING RECEPTION & ARTIST TALK

Michael Lange’s “Cold Mountain” opens at our Berlin gallery on Thursday, October 20, 7pm.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you!

Michael Lange | Cold Mountain:

Over a period of six years, photographer Michael Lange embarked on extensive journeys to various regions of the French Alps. There he created a collection of impressive, meditative landscape images. In his review of the publication to the series, out with Hartmann Books in 2021, Stefan Fischer wrote in Süddeutsche Zeitung:

“The heaviest and the lightest come together in the mountains. Here the massive, seemingly immovable rock, piled thousands of meters high, chapped and mighty, sometimes covered by additional snow loads weighing tons. And there, wisps of clouds, driven together by the wind and immediately blown apart again, without place and without support. (…) Lange’s photographs from the French Alps are extraordinary. Because they sound out the border region between the just visible and the invisible. Because they capture the moment when the first structures just emerge from the darkness of night or from the thicket of clouds – or, conversely, when a curtain is drawn and a last fleeting glimpse is possible of what will be completely hidden a second later.”

Michael Lange (*1953) became known for meditative investigations of landscapes. The series “Wald”(Forrest) was published in 2012 by Hatje Cantz and gave Michael Lange international recognition as an artist working in photography. Just as in the follow-up project “Fluss” (River), also published by Hatje Cantz in 2015, Lange is concerned with the search for stillness and an emotional relationship with nature. The publication of “Cold Mountain”, now available from Hartmann Books, concludes this trilogy of landscape projects. Michael Lange lives and works in Hamburg.

We will host an ARTIST TALK with Michael Lange and Dr. Christiane Stahl, Director of Alfred Erhardt Stiftung, on Saturday, November 5, at 3pm!

@michaellangephotographs @hartmann_projects @aestiftung

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MÅRTEN LANGE: GHOST WITNESS AT CFF IN STOCKHOLM

“Ghost Witness” by gallery artist Mårten Lange opened last Sunday at the Centrum För Fotografi in Stockholm. The show will run until November 20, don‘t miss it, should you be in the area!

Mårten Lange: “Ghost Witness”
October 1 – November 20
Centrum för fotografi
Bjurholmsplan 26
Stockholm, Sweden

VIRTUAL TOUR “FAMILY TRILOGY”

For all of you who cannot make it to the gallery to see Christopher Anderson’s exhibition “Family Trilogy”, there is now a 3D virtual walk-through of the exhibition on ARTLAND. Please follow the link to access it!

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ROGER EBERHARD AT FESTIVAL DES IMAGES IN VEVEY

Gallery artist Roger Eberhard‘s new series “Escapism” was on view during the Images Vevey visual arts biennial throughout the city – on billboards and public transportation. His solo show at Camera Museum Vevey, curated by Stefano Stoll, will continue until January 8!

About the series:

Escapism

In Switzerland, coffee is served with a small cup of cream whose aluminum lid features a miniature picture, making it probably the smallest image carrier in the country.

From picturesque Switzerland to foreign and exotic places, for the past 50 years these lids reproduced the world many times over. Thanks to their massive distribution throughout Switzerland, these miniatures helped shaping the visual and often stereotypical understanding of the world long before social media did. During several decades these illustrated lids were heavily collected, with people buying them at flea markets, in stores and at dedicated fairs for up to thousands of francs.

Images of exotic beaches, majestic icebergs or vast untouched deserts incite a feeling of Wanderlust – especially in a small landlocked country like Switzerland. They are inviting the viewers to escape the concerns of their daily lives while drinking a cup of coffee. The photographs in “Escapism” are extreme close-ups of these lids’ imagery. On one hand the romantic landscape pictures on those lids evoke a sense of Fernweh, but they also seem to forebode the destruction of the planet’s ecosystem and the ecological costs of globalisation; The melting of the ice caps due to global warming or the exotic beaches which will cease to exist when the sea levels subsequently rise.

The photographs’ visible cmyk printing pattern, which originates from enlarging the lids’ miniature landscapes roughly 100 times, draws attention to the original production technique and invites for a close examination of the source material and to reflect on its ambiguity.

For more info, please follow the link!

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LENA AMUAT & ZOË MEYER REPRESENTATION

The gallery is very happy to announce representation for Swiss artist duo Lena Amuat & Zoë Meyer! To mark the occasion, we will present a solo booth of their work at the upcoming UNSEEN art fair in Amsterdam next week!

The series “Artefakte und Modelle” is a collection of objects that embody the human struggle for knowledge. Over twelve years in the making and numbering hundreds of images, the project inventories the models, artefacts, natural specimen and teaching objects that the two women have unearthed travelling to search through the archives and collections of European universities and natural history museums.

However, with information and provenance entirely exorcised from their titles, we are left knowing almost nothing factual about each of the photographed items: not the collection they belong to or the place of that archive; nor when they date from, who made or found them or how they came to be collected; nor any explanation as to the ideas, theories and natural laws that each of the models apparently embodies. Instead, they are left to communicate through the power of their visual identity alone.

Each of the selected objects is treated to the artists’ mobile photo studio where they are posed in front of coloured paper backdrops (sometimes assembled with other items, but most often standing alone), seductively lit and skilfully shot.

Going against the surge of digital, the duo embrace analogue and the “hand-made” – from dark-room printing to carefully prepared color backdrops and hand painted frames that they build themselves.

A book to the series has been published by About Books in 2021. A beautiful exhibition of the work, curated by Diana Poole, was presented by TheEyeSees during this year‘s Rencontres in Arles.

Lena Amuat (*1977) & Zoë Meyer (*1975) live and work in Zurich and Berlin. They both graduated from the University of the Arts in Zurich and collaborate since 2008.

@lenaamuatzoemeyer @unseenamsterdam

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OPENING RECEPTION: CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON / FAMILY TRILOGY

Save the Date: Christopher Anderson’s exhibition “Family Trilogy” opens Saturday, September 3, 6pm!

Christopher Anderson 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.

“For many years I have traveled extensively to document the emotional experiences of others. 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.” (Christopher Anderson)

“Son”, first published in 2012 by Kehrer, gained critical acclaim and was awarded the German LeadAward in 2013. In 2020, Stanley/Barker Books published a sequel, this time devoted to Anderson’s daughter, titled “Pia”. The sun-filled portraits and images of family scenes and domestic life in this body of work condense into an emotional ode to childhood. “Pia” became a great publishing success, gained critical acclaim and sold out fast. Now both, a second edition of “Pia” and a new, reviewed, updated edition of “Son” have been released and are both available through Stanley/Barker Books.

A third book, dedicated to his wife, Marion, is in preparation for release in November. “His new book “Marion”, marks the closing chapter of a trilogy of books that chronicles their lives, and loves in beautiful depth over the course of their partnership.” (Stanley/Barker)

ROBERT MORAT GALERIE is very happy to be able to present in Berlin an exhibition of images from all three series in fall 2022 on occasion of BERLIN PHOTO WEEK and the 75th anniversary of Magnum Photos.

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SUMMER BREAK

August 1 to September 2 the gallery is closed! On September 3 at 6pm we will be kicking off the fall season by opening Christopher Anderson’s “Family Trilogy” and we very much look forward to seeing you back at the gallery then during Berlin Photo Week. Until then, have a sunny summer!

Image:
Christopher Anderson
Untitled, 2019

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WISH I WERE HERE

The show “WISH I WERE HERE”, is a large-scale retrospective exhibition of works by gallery artist Bertien van Manen. It coincides with the publication of ARCHIVE (Mack Books, London), edited and designed by Hans Gremmen. The exhibition is curated by Anne Ruygt and runs until August 28 at the Fotomuseum Antwerp. Don‘t miss it!

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SONGS OF THE SKY @LES RENCONTRES D’ARLES

Should you be in Arles for the Les Rencontres, please make sure not to miss “SONGS OF THE SKY, Photography & the Cloud”, a group show curated by Kathrin Schönegg and presented by C/O Berlin.

The exhibition includes work by two gallery artists – Simon Roberts contributes the poetic cyanotypes from his series “The Celestials” and Andy Sewell shows a beautiful installation of prints from his project “Known and Strange Things Pass”. The show is installed at Monoprix, Place Lamartine!

About the exhibition:
“Thinking about photography today entails a consideration of the infrastructures that form and organize networks. Regardless of whether images are generated by surveillance cameras and satellites or consist of digitized archival material or personal vacation photographs on our smartphones and laptops, they are all saved on the cloud operated by artificial intelligence. And so, similar to the way that one hundred years ago clouds marked the beginning of abstraction in photography, the interaction of contemporary artists with the cloud reflects the twenty-first century’s visions of the future.
Curated by Dr. Kathrin Schönegg, the exhibition juxtaposes historical and contemporary cloud photographs that examine clouds as a motif and a
metaphor.”

It is accompanied by a beautiful catalog published by Spector Books, Leipzig.

Image: Andy Sewell‘s installation of works from the series “Known and Strange Things Pass“

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I HAD TO SHED MY SKIN

Italian photographer Matteo di Giovanni released the third book of what he calls a “loose trilogy”, published by Artphilein Editions. After “I wish the world was even” and “Blue Bar”, the third publication is titled “I had to shed my skin” and includes a brilliant text by Aaron Schuman.

We are very much looking forward to presenting a selection of works from all three series in a solo show at the gallery in Berlin next year. For more info on the latest publication and the entire trilogy, please follow the link here.

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PARIS PHOTO

ROBERT MORAT GALERIE is happy to return to Paris in fall and to have been confirmed for PARIS PHOTO 2022! The fair will be held from November 9 to 13 at the Grand Palais Éphémère.

We will be showing works by Hannah Hughes, Jessica Backhaus, Ron Jude and Bill Jacobson and are very much looking forward to seeing you there!

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VIRTUAL TOUR “BRIGHT RED”

For all of you who cannot make it to the gallery to see José Pedro Cortes’ exhibition “BRIGHT RED”, there is now a 3D virtual walk-through of the exhibition on ARTLAND. Please follow the link to access it!

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PALM TREE WORKSHOPS

Palm Tree Workshops invited gallery artist Jessica Backhaus and Robert Morat to host a workshop on the beautiful island of Santorini/Greece in fall, October 3-7! Applications are now open!

During this workshop, the participants will receive some insight into a long term relationship between an artist and her gallery. Jessica Backhaus will talk about her work, her inspirations and guide you through the process of creating new work. As a galerist, Robert Morat has been representing Jessica‘s work for almost 15 years and will try to share his experiences in the international art market and answer any question you could possibly have: How to approach a gallery, how to prepare a portfolio, what to expect and which mistakes to avoid. Together with the participants, they will discuss the process of editing, sequencing, image selection and presentation, working with your material and the images you create during the workshop on Santorini.

For more info, please click the link!

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OPENING RECEPTION: JOSÉ PEDRO CORTES / BRIGHT RED

Dear friends of the gallery,

we cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Bright Red” by Portuguese artist José Pedro Cortes on Thursday, May 19.

The title alludes to a visual deficiency very common in human males, a mild color blindness that shifts the color red (or what is known as red) to green, changing the reading of the color spectrum. This implies that, as a compensation mechanism, many color-blind men “read” the color red in context and not as stand-alone information. Using this example as a metaphor, Cortes underlines that it is through contextual reading that we know what a certain color is, and, in a broader sense, how to interpret the world around us.

His photographs – being landscapes, portraits or still lives – function as a map of visual possibilities. Like Cortes says: “The time of my images reflects our time of constant doubt: impulse or fabrication, vulnerability or strength, surface or something more.”

José Pedro Cortes (*1976, Porto, PT), completed a Master of Arts in Photography at Kent Institute of Art and Design (Rochester, UK). His work has been published and exhibited internationally. Besides his artistic photographic work, he is the founder and editor of Pierre von Kleist editions. He lives and works in Lisbon

With kind support from:

República Portuguesa – Cultura /
Direção-Geral das Artes
Botschaft Portugal / Camões Berlim
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HANNAH HUGHES REPRESENTATION

We are very happy to announce representation for British artist Hannah Hughes. To mark the occasion, the gallery will present her work in a solo booth at the upcoming PHOTO LONDON next week!

Hannah Hughes is a visual artist working across photography, collage and sculpture. Her work explores the relationship between image, sculpture and language, focusing on the potential of negative space and the salvaging and re-use of discarded materials. Her research takes root from histories of recycling and archaeology of discarded materials, where value is found on the sidelines. It is in part a response to ‘Femmage’ (a feminist term coined by Miriam Schapiro and Melissa Meyer in the 1970s to describe covert art practices from matter found in the home), reconsidering our relationship to domestic materials today, and how these can be saved and re-configured.

Hughes’s practice involves strategies of fragmentation and reconstruction. Her two- dimensional collages are often described as either flat sculptures or sculptural photographs. The shapes in the collages originate from outside edges and negative areas surrounding figures and objects, which have evolved into an ongoing regenerative alphabet of forms.

She uses materials that invite the memory of everyday touch, such as paper stocks used in glossy magazines, pulp packaging, and clay. This focus on tactility positions the work in relation to the boundaries of the body, and the spaces created where bodies intersect with their surroundings.
She examines edges within the photographic image, capturing movement through internal layers and seams. For example, In her most recent series of two-part C-Type collages, one form intersects the surface of another creating a visible border within the photograph, which can be viewed fully from the side.

Hannah Hughes (*1975, UK) graduated from the University of Brighton in 1997 and has since exhibited in the UK and internationally. She lives and works in London.

@_h_annah_hughes @photolondonfair

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GALLERY WEEKEND

Getting ready for GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN, April 29 – May 1!
Mårten Lange’s “Ghost Witness” is on view and we will work special opening hours as follows:

Thursday, April 28: 12-9pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 12-6pm

Looking forward to seeing you at the gallery!

VIRTUAL TOUR “GHOST WITNESS”

For all of you who cannot make it to the gallery to see Mårten Lange’s “GHOST WITNESS”, there is now a 3D virtual walk-through of the exhibition on ARTLAND. Please follow the link to access it!

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EASTER BREAK

The gallery will be closed for a short break from April 15 to April 18. Mårten Lange‘s show “GHOST WITNESS” is open Tuesday to Thursday, 12-6pm, this week and afterward continues throughout Berlin Gallery Weekend and until May 14. For more info on the show, please follow the link.

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PHOTO LONDON

PHOTO LONDON has announced its 2022 exhibitors and we are very much looking forward to returning to Somerset House May 12-15! See the full list of participating galleries on their website at photolondon.org. To already book tickets, you can follow the link here.

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SOFT OPENING: MÅRTEN LANGE | GHOST WITNESS

Dear friends of the gallery,

we cordially invite you to the opening of Mårten Lange’s exhibition of works from his latest series GHOST WITNESS on Thursday, March 31. Exhibition from April 1 to May 14 2022.

To help stop the further spread of COVID19, we have decided not to host an evening reception at this time.

Instead, we will be working special opening hours: the gallery will be open 12–9pm! Complying with current regulations in Berlin, the 3G rule will apply. During the evening hours, 6–9pm, the artist will be present. We are very much looking forward to seeing you!

Photographing hypermodern urban landscapes through the ghostly haze of LEDs and smog, Mårten Lange’s new work from China shows a country haunted as much by its past as by its future. Made in 2018 and 2019 in the six largest cities of the country, the series depicts urban places that have expanded rapidly in recent years and that appear both futuristic and suspended outside of time. Following Lange’s long-time fascination with ideas of utopia and dystopia, this is his most extensive work to date.

Mårten Lange (*1984, Gothenburg, SE), studied photography at the University of Gothenburg and the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, United Kingdom. He received international attention and critical acclaim for the publication of his series “Another Language” (Mack Books, London) in 2012. Since then, Lange has published two new series, “Citizen” (Études Books, Paris, 2015) and “The Mechanism” (Mack Books, London, 2018) and his work has been exhibited internationally, most notably at Kunsthalle Hamburg and Moderna Museet in Stockholm (both in 2018), at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2019 and FOAM in Amsterdam in 2020. The book to the series “Ghost Witness” has been published in 2020 by Loose Joints. Mårten Lange lives and works in Malmö, Sweden.

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PETER PUKLUS SUPPORTS @ARTISTSATRISK

The war in Ukraine has put artists in Ukraine and neighboring countries at high risk. In response, an informal group of international artists has come together to support the activist non-profit organization Artist at Risk (AR).

Each artist has donated an artwork as an open edition print. Gallery artist Peter Puklus contributed the photograph shown here. All proceeds from sales will help Artists at Risk facilitate emergency travel, shelter and financial support to help artists gain safety.

THE PRINT SALE WILL LAUNCH TUESDAY, MARCH 15th AT 00:01 CET.

Participating artists include:
Hito Steyerl, Pierre Huyghe, Nan Goldin, Isaac Julien, Thomas Struth, Tacita Dean, Gabriel Orozco, Rosemarie Trockel, Luc Tuymans, Elizabeth Peyton, Thomas Demand, Matthew Barney, Jeremy Deller, Laure Provoust, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lisa Brice, Julian Schnabel, Bae Bien-U, Camille Henrot, Subodh Guptah, Sam Durant, Fiona Banner, Jim Hodges, Miranda July, Anne Imhoff, Cyprien Gaillard, Thomas Hirschorn, Klara Liden, James Welling, Ketuta Alexei Meskhishvili, Doug Aitken, Julietta Aranda, Thea Djordjadze, Andro Wekua, Allison Katz, Kon Trubkovich, Lynne Tillman, Francesco Clemente, Sanya Kantarovsky, Nedko Solakov, CAConrad, Ives Maes, Celine Condorelli, Jonas Staal, Yves Mettler, Rafaella Crispino, Slavs & Tartars, Tai Shani, Olga Balm, Amy Sillman, Ben Rivers, Luiza Simons, Frank Thiel, Ida Ekblad, Nastio Mosquito, Sarah Entwistle, Marc Siebenhüner, Eliza Douglas, Lisa Oppenheim, Peter Puklus, Sophie Thun, Silya Yvette, Luigi Ontani, Johannes Ceccelli Estate, Carmen Winant, Paul Knight.

Solidarity Prints for Artists at Risk (AR) is a Donor Advised Foundation Fund (DAF) approved and held by TrustBridge Global Network for and on behalf of Artists at Risk.

Prints are €200 each, excluding shipping. Please follow the link here or check: @artistsatrisk

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ROGER EBERHARD IN #SOLIDARITYWITHUKRAINE

In 2020 “Human Territoriality” by Swiss artist Roger Eberhard was a photographic landscape project about former borders that have vanished over time, revealing the inherent instability and arbitrariness of these man-made demarcations.

One of the images in the project is “Crimea”, 2018. Today, in light of the shameful, horrific war unfolding in Ukraine, the artist is offering this photograph and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to humanitarian & relief efforts for Ukraine.

Crimea, 2018
180x140cm
Edition of 3
EUR 10.000

#solidaritywithukraine

HANS-CHRISTIAN SCHINK AT VON DER HEYDT-MUSEUM: FREUNDSCHAFTSANFRAGE

Hans-Christian Schink at Von der Heydt-Museum: Freundschaftsanfrage – Friendship Request – is a new series of exhibitions initiated at Von der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal. The concept aims to invite a contemporary artist and put his/her works in dialogue with pieces taken out of the large museum collection of 16th to 21st-century paintings. The first artist to enter such a dialogue is gallery artist Hans-Christian Schink. The show is open to the public after March 1, for more info please follow the link.

Pictured here is Hans Christian Schink “Zwischen Lemmerstdorf und Kleisthöhe”, 2016 from his series “Hinterland”

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“PIA” AND “SON” DURING BERLIN PHOTO WEEK

“You probably won’t remember today,” Christopher Anderson writes to his daughter in the afterword for “Pia”. “You’re just jumping on the bed behind me right now.”

The sun-filled portraits and images of family scenes and domestic life in this body of work condense into an emotional ode to childhood. “The images portray a father-daughter relationship as well as a photographer-subject collaboration as Pia takes control of her character. The passage of time comes with a certain melancholy, but also a declaration of hope that guides the photographs.” (Christopher Anderson)

“Pia”, published in 2020 at Stanley Barker, was a sequel to Christopher Anderson’s 2012 publication of “Son”. It gained critical acclaim and sold out fast. Now both, the second edition of “Pia” and a new, reviewed edition of “Son” have been released and are available through STANLEY/BARKER or your local photobook shop!

UPCOMING: We are thrilled to announce an exhibition of prints from both series, “Pia” and “Son”, during Berlin Photo Week celebrating 75 years of Magnum Photos in September! Save the date!

@christopherandersonphoto @stanleybarkerbooks @berlinphotoweek @magnumphotos

BFF ART LAB PODCAST

Robert Morat sat down with Christian Klant and Florian W. Müller at BFF Art Lab for a conversation about photography in the arts and the joys and sorrows of gallery work. To listen in on Spotify, please follow the link in bio – or find it wherever you listen to your podcasts. (Conversation in German)

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KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS PASS IN C4 JOURNAL AND AT C/O BERLIN

“The ocean is the protagonist here. Its endless, syncopated tide rhythm is the only thing we can actually see, the potent metaphor of the constant relay of memories, stories, feelings, emotions, lives – data, as they are called nowadays – we send and receive, back and forth, on its shores.”

For some of the most accomplished writing about photography, head over to C4 Journal to find Elisa Medde‘s text on Andy Sewell’s “Known and Strange Things Pass”. The work is currently on view at C/O Berlin (as pictured here) and will travel on to Arles in the summer. The beautiful book was published at Skinnerbox. The gallery presented the work in a solo exhibition in fall 2021.

Songs of the Sky, Photography & The Cloud, C/O Berlin, 2021
Installation view © C/O Berlin Foundation, David von Becker  

@c4journal @sewelland @elsmdd @skinnerboox @coberlin

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VIRTUAL TOUR “CUT OUTS”

For all of you who cannot make it to the gallery to see Jessica Backhaus’ “CUT OUTS”, there is now a 3D virtual walk-through of the exhibition on ARTLAND. Please follow the link to access it!

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CUT OUTS FEATURE IN ART’S ISSUE #22

We are very proud of gallery artist Jessica Backhaus who made the cover of the January #22 issue of art – Kunstmagazin! Furthermore, we are grateful for an insightful text by Sabina Paries and a generous 10 page spread reviewing Jessica‘s latest series CUT OUTS coinciding with the exhibition of the work at our Berlin gallery!

@jessica_backhaus @art.kunstmagazin @berlienparies

 

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SOFT OPENING

Dear friends of the gallery,

we cordially invite you to the opening of Jessica Backhaus‘ exhibition of works from her latest series CUT OUTS on Friday, January 14. Exhibition from January 15 to March 26 2022.

To help stop the further spread of COVID19, we have decided not to host an evening reception at this time.

Instead we will be working special opening hours throughout the day: On Friday January 14 the gallery will be open 12–9pm! Complying with current regulations in Berlin, the 2G rule will apply and a maximum of 15 people will be admitted into the space at the same time. During the evening hours, 6–9pm, the artist will be present. We are very much looking forward to seeing you!

Color and form, light and shadow – the images in Jessica Backhaus’ series “Cut Outs” are created using the basic elements of photography. In her previous publication “A Trilogy” (Kehrer, 2017), Jessica Backhaus took a path into abstraction that is consistently continued here – using alltogether photographic means: Cut out transparent papers are arranged on a paper backdrop, exposed to the sun and photographed. The papers reacts to the intense heat, deform, rise, contract, cast shadows – a summer’s dance. The photographer, who arranged and staged these compositions, becomes an observer of processes over which she has only limited influence. She is the documentarist of a visual experiment, a poetic choreography of intense colors in the sunlight.

Jessica Backhaus (*1970, Cuxhaven, GER) is considered one of the most important voices in contemporary photography out of Germany today. Her work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group shows, for example at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin and Marta Herford. In 2013, Kunsthalle Erfurt dedicated a first large scale museum solo exhibition to her work.

Jessica Backhaus’ works also have their permanent place in important collections, for example in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Margulies Collection, Miami, the Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt and the ING Art Collection, Brussels. Jessica Backhaus studied photography and visual communication in Paris, spent formative years living in New York and today lives and works in Berlin. Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, has published eight monographs so far. “Cut Outs“, designed by Hannah Feldmeier, was published in the spring of 2021 and has been shortlisted for the Rencontres d’Arles Book Award and for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Award for “Photobook of the Year“.

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WINTER BREAK

The gallery will be closed for a short WINTER BREAK from December 24 on and until January 14.

We are wrapping up a busy fall season and want to say THANK YOU! Thank you to our artists for their trust, to our clients and collectors for their support, to the old friends we finally met again and the new friends we made at the art fairs we attended this season in London, Basel and Paris and to the many visitors who came out to see our shows in Berlin for their interest in our program! We wish you all happy holidays and a good start into the new year!

Pictured is an installation shot of Ron Jude’s “Glacial Ice with Foliation” #2 and #3 from his series “12 Hz” at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum.

NEW CORONA GUIDLINES

The Berlin Senate has issued new guidelines to help stop the further spread of COVID-19. We can now only allow access to visitors who are able to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or having recovered. We need you to wear a mask and keep your distance from other visitors.

We work regular opening hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6pm. Ron Jude‘s show runs until Dec 23. We very much look forward to seeing you!

VIRTUAL TOUR “12 HZ”

For all of you who cannot make it to the gallery to see Ron Jude’s “12 Hz”, there is now a 3D virtual walk-through of the exhibition on ARTLAND. Please follow the link to access it!

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“RIVERS” AT MAD – MURATE ART DISTRICT

Florence, Italy: Should you be in the area, do not miss the opening of gallery artist Peter Bialobrzeski‘s beautiful exhibition of “Rivers”, shown on the occasion of the 21st edition of the “River to River“ Florence Indian Film Festival at MAD – Murate Art District. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Fondazione Studio Marangoni.

Opening and artist reception on December 3 at 5:30pm!

Picture from the series “xxx holy” Ganges, India, 1996

OPENING RECEPTION

Dear friends of the gallery,

we would like to cordially invite you to the opening oh 12 Hz by Ron Jude on Friday, November 5 at 7pm!

“Acts of homage and acts of witness, these photographs induce the requisite wonder and gratitude to spur a much-needed sense of accountability.”
– Los Angeles Times

12 Hz – the lowest sound threshold of human hearing – suggests imperceptible forces, from plate tectonics to the ocean tides, from cycles of growth and decay in the forest, to the incomprehensibility of geological spans of time. The photographs in Ron Jude’s „12 Hz“ allude to the ungraspable scale and veiled mechanics of these phenomena, while acknowledging a desire to gain a broader perspective, beyond the human enterprise, in a time of ecological and political crisis.

“12 Hz” consists of images of lava tubes and flows, tidal currents, glacial ice and welded tuff formations: pictures describing the raw materials of the planet, those that make organic life possible. The images were made in multiple locations – from the high lava plains, gorges and caves in the state of Oregon, to the glaciers of Iceland and lava flows of Kilauea in Hawaii.

Jude’s photographs do not attempt to tell us how to live or what we have done wrong, nor do they reduce the landscape to something sentimental, tame and possessable. Rather, they endeavour to describe and reckon with forces in our physical world that operate independently of anthropocentric experience. The photographs in 12 Hz work in service to a simple premise: that change is constant, whether we are able to perceive it or not. By stepping back to look at the larger system of flux – of which we are only a small part – this body of work evokes us to find our own pulse, as it were, and assert an appropriately scaled sense of being within the hierarchy of this system.

The artist will be present.

Opening reception on Friday, November 6, 7-9pm

Exhibition from November 6 to December 23 2021

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HERO MOTHER – HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE BOOK RELEASE

We are very happy to announce that gallery artist Peter Puklus’ new book “Hero Mother – How to build a House” is released by Witty Books, co-published by Images Veyvey, where the project won the Grand Prix des Images in 2017 and was first exhibited during the Festival des Images in Vevey, Switzerland in 2018.

The festival catalog at the time outlined Puklus’ project as follows:

The Hero Mother – How to build a House

2016 – 2020

Puklus deconstructs and questions the dynamics of the pre-established female and male roles: motherhood as an alleged heroic activity and the supposed duty of the father to build and protect the home. His search breaks down the traditional symbols associated with maternal and paternal figures in a playful yet critical way. Outside the confines of the photographic studio, he develops an original visual vocabulary around parental life and issues related to the construction of the family nucleus. Presented and internationally premiered at Images Vevey, Switzerland, the installation reconstructs the everyday life and unfolds in the intimacy of home: in each room, the viewer discovers the complexity of ourselves.
(Text by @coknol , Images Festival catalogue 2018)

To order your copy, please follow the link!

Also: The project will be part of the inaugural exhibition at L‘APPARTEMENT, a new permanent space for contemporary photography in Vevey, opening Oct 13!

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NEW CITY DIARY SET

Gallery artist Peter Bialobrzeskis and publisher The Velvet Cell release five new titles in their ongoing publication project of City Diaries: Minsk Diary (1), Dhaka Diary (2), Belfast Diary (3), Linz Diary (4) and Yangon Diary (5).

For the first time, five new City Diaries are published together as a set. These five books, like the previous ten already published, map a photographic archive of the city at the beginning of the 21st century.

Previously published are: Cairo Diary, Taipei Diary, Athens Diary, Wolfsburg Diary, Kochi Diary, Zurich Diary, Beirut Diary, Wuhan Diary, Budapest Diary and Osaka Diary.

City Diaries is a joint publishing project by The Velvet Cell and award-winning German photographer Peter Bialobrzeski. Each diary focuses on a single city against the backdrop of a rapidly urbanizing world. All books were designed by Andrea Rauschenbusch, the series maintain the same size of 14x21cm, contain 51 double-page photographs and a diary text.

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CUT OUTS NOMINATED AS PHOTOBOOK OF THE YEAR

Robert Morat Galerie is pleased to announce that gallery artist Jessica Backhaus’ latest book CUT OUTS, designed by Hannah Feldmeier and published by Kehrer Verlag, has been nominated for The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards as PhotoBook of the Year!

The gallery has shown prints from the series in solo presentations at both Photo London and photo basel – after a premiere during the Les Rencontres d’Arles opening week in a collaboration with The Eye Sees.
We will also present the work in our booth at PARIS PHOTO and keep our fingers crossed for the announcement of this year‘s winners at the Grand Palais Éphémère in Paris in November!

On January 14 2022 we will open the exhibition of CUT OUTS at the gallery in Berlin that will run through March! Save the date!

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VIRTUAL TOUR “KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS PASS”

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!

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ROGER EBERHARD’S NEW NFT SERIES TITLED “KRD”

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!

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BERLIN ART WEEK

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!

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THE DRAKE EQUATION AT THE OLD OBSERVATORY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LEIDEN

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!

@andrew_phelps_buffet @kranzlerpaul @oudesterrewachtleiden

OPENING RECEPTION

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.

Opening Reception:
on Thursday, September 02 2021,  7-9 pm
Exhibition:
from September 03 to October 30, 2021

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OPEN–ENDED PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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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«.

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PHOTO BASEL

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.

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PHOTO LONDON

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.

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PARIS PHOTO

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!

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CUT OUTS SHORTLISTED FOR RECONTRES D’ARLES BOOK AWARD

While we are in preparation for the presentation of Jessica Backhaus‘ latest series “Cut Outs” at The Eye Sees during the first week of Rencontres d’Arles, 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!

@jessica_backhaus @theeyeseesarles @rencontresarles @kehrerverlag @hannah_feldmeier

 

SWEET HOME, ALONE

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!

@schlosskummerow @andreagruetzner

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WE ARE OPEN!

“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!

HANS-CHRISTIAN SCHINK AT KUNSTHALLE ERFURT

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

MAKING STRANGE. WENN DER MOMENT KIPPT.

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!

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CUT OUTS

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!

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VISUAL TOUR “ERBGERICHT – NEUE RÄUME”

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!

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EASTER BREAK

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!

#photographyinberlin @andreagruetzner #erbgericht

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BOOK YOUR VISIT ONLINE!

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!

#photographyinberlin @andreagruetzner #erbgericht

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EXHIBITION UPDATE!

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!

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SOFT OPENING

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”.

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BERNHARD FUCHS AT JOSEF ALBERS MUSEUM

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.

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COLD MOUNTAIN

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!

@michaellangephotographs #coldmountain

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WEEKLY WINDOW #1

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”.

RE-SCHEDULED!

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!

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SAVE THE DATE!

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!

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WINTER BREAK

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.

@bertienvanmanen @roger_eberhard @sewelland @maxpinckers

GALLERIES REMAIN OPEN!

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!

#staysafeandhealthy

GHOST WITNESS

Gallery artist Mårten Lange’s forthcoming book “Ghost Witness” will be published during November by Loose Joints! Pre-ordered books come signed! To learn more, please click the link.

@mrtenlange @jointsloose #ghostwitness

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SIMON ROBERTS | THE CELESTIALS

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!

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VISUAL TOUR “MARGINS OF EXCESS”

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!

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MODERN LOVE

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!

@peterpuklus @museumfurneuekunst #modernlove

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HUMAN TERRITORIALITY AT PHOTOPHORUM PASQUART

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!

@roger_eberhard @photoforumpasquart @danaepanchaud #humanterritoriality

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STIFTUNGSPREIS FOTOKUNST FOR ANDREA GRÜTZNER

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.

Image: Blitz+Pixel

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SOFT OPENING: MAX PINCKERS | MARGINS OF EXCESS

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).

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BERLIN ART WEEK + GALLERY WEEKEND

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!

GALLERY TALKS #1

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.

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OPEN SUNDAY #2

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!

BIOSPHERE BY CLAUDIUS SCHULZE AT KUNST HAUS WIEN

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.”

@kunsthauswien_hundertwasser @claudiusschulze

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OPEN SUNDAY

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!

VISUAL TOUR “HUMAN TERRITORIALITY”

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.

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GRADUAL REOPENING

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!

PARIS PHOTO NEW YORK ONLINE PRESENTATION

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.

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FAZ REVIEW

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:

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Exhibition postponed!
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”

BEYOND THE IMAGE

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!

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ANDREA GRÜTZNER AT HENIE ONSTADT KUNSTSENTER

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.

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HANDBOOK TO THE STARS 2ND EDITION

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.

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EDITION PATRICK FREY: HUMAN TERRITORIALITY

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.

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VISUAL TOUR “BOOK STORIES”

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.

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UTE MAHLER & WERNER MAHLER “WERKSCHAU”

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!

@kunsthallerostock @uwmahler @ingotaubhorn

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PARIS PHOTO NEW YORK

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

Booth: E7

Dates:
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

Location:
Pier 94, 711 12th Ave
New York, NY 10019
USA

OPENING RECEPTION

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.

Opening Reception:
on Friday, January 10,  7-9 pm
Exhibition:
from January 11 to March 7, 2020

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WINTER BREAK

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”

GERMAN PHOTOBOOK AWARD

Robert Morat Galerie is pleased to announce that gallery artist Michae Lange has beend granted the German Photobook Award 2019 for his experimental book “L.A. DRIVE-BY”. To get a copy, please use the link! @michaellangephotographs @deutscher_fotobuchpreis

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VISUAL TOUR “TEMPORA MORTE”

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.

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PARIS PHOTO

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!

For further info on the fair click here! and for all of you who will not be able to make it to Paris this year, please have a look at all the works from our booth online via Artsy.

OPENING RECEPTION

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.

Opening Reception:
on Friday, October 25,  7-9 pm
Exhibition:
from October 26 to December 21, 2019

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UNSEEN AMSTERDAM

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 further info on the fair click here! and for all of you who will not be able to make it to Amsterdam, feel free to have a look at all the works online via Artsy.

VIRTUAL TOUR “VANDALISM”

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.

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FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE

Gallery artist Jessica Backhaus presents her new publication titled “Far away but close”. It assembles work done in Chile over the past 7 years and will be published by Another Place Press. To pre-order please follow the link! @anotherplacepress  @jessica_backhaus

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BERLIN ART WEEK

Should you be in town for BERLIN ART WEEK, please come by to say hello and to see our current show, John Divola’s “Vandalism”. Our opening times this week are: Wednesday and Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-9pm, Saturday 12-6pm. @divola @berlinartweek #linienstrasse107

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PHOTONEWS: LIA DARJES

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

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OPENING RECEPTION

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.

Opening Reception:
on Friday, September 06,  7-9 pm
Exhibition:
from September 07 to October 19, 2019

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