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FROM BECHER TO BLUME – 
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE GARNATZ COLLECTION AND DIE PHOTOGRAPHISCHE SAMMLUNG/SK STIFTUNG KULTUR IN DIALOGUE

MARCH 12 – AUGUST 8, 2021


With works by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Boris Becker, Anna and Bernhard Blume, Chargesheimer, Jim Dine, Frank Dömer, Gina Lee Felber, Candida Höfer, Benjamin Katz, Jürgen Klauke, Astrid Klein, Werner Mantz, Augustina von Nagel, Floris Neusüss, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Tata Ronkholz, Thomas Ruff, Hugo Schmölz, Wilhelm Schürmann, Thomas Struth.

The exhibition “From Becher to Blume” provides in-depth insights in particular into the influential photography of the 1980s and 90s, a period that produced a number of innovative bodies of work and concepts. A central role is played by the Rhineland, home to numerous artists, museums, and galleries. The collector couple Ute and Eberhard Garnatz were part of this extremely lively scene, and began as early as the 1970s to pursue their collecting activities with great dedication. In addition to amassing a large number of paintings, sculptures, and prints, they also built a distinctive and remarkably diverse collection of photographs, some of them dating back to the 1950s but for the most part produced during the 1980s to the 2000s. During that decade, photography was more and more becoming part of the fine arts cosmos. The medium resolutely carved out a place for itself with and alongside the traditional genres. And the collectors followed this development with an alert eye. Keeping pace with the times, they began to focus on artists who used the photographic image as basis for their work and for whom the camera was hence a matter-of-fact technical tool in their artistic practice. Some of these artists chose the documentary image as their springboard, while others were far less interested in the medium’s ability to faithfully reproduce reality and instead ventured into experimental realms. There were also those who attempted to confound the world of objects in their photos, or who staged or made use of the chemical nature of the photographic process to arrive at pictorial works in a more painterly idiom.

Showcasing the Garnatz Collection offers Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur the opportunity to arrange photographs from both collections in a productive dialogue. A common denominator can be found in particular in the works of Bernd and Hilla Becher, while photographers including Boris Becker, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth are likewise represented in both collections. The exhibition furthermore places rare staged and experimental works in context. These are juxtaposed with other works that straddle the genres of photography and painting. As much as the medium of photography claims to reproduce reality, the range of possibilities it offers equally inspires artists to create works verging on the abstract or lyrical.

“From Becher to Blume” thus unfurls a broad and extremely varied spectrum of photographic approaches, which come together here in a refreshingly informal way to reveal their many contrasts and contradictions. On display are over 150 exhibits, including extensive serial works, by a total of 22 artists who have been instrumental in shaping recent German photography through their innovative contributions and continue to exert a major influence on the artistic medium.

A catalogue is being published by Snoeck Verlag to accompany the exhibition.

Ed. Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Texts by Klaus Honnef, Gabriele Conrath-Scholl,
Claudia Schubert, German/English, € 36

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Köln
Tel.: 0221/88895 300, www.photographie-sk-kultur.de, photographie@sk-kultur.de

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Rebecca Unz: Benni / Sensibelchen, 24.03.2019, © Rebecca Unz

Rebecca Unz – Head Studies
Winner of the August-Sander-Award 2020

MARCH 12 – AUGUST 8, 2021

Now in its second year, the August Sander Prize goes in 2020 to the young Austrian artist Rebecca Unz (b. 2000) for her portrait series "Sensibelchen" (Sensitive Ones), 2018–2019. The color photographs show the faces of young women and men from the Hip Hop and Rap scenes. These are head studies, modulated by special lighting that assigns each portrait its own place in the series. The sequence thus develops frame by frame on a scale from warm to cold tones, intensifying the range of variations in the moments captured by Rebecca Unz.

For Rebecca Unz, the genre of portraiture offers a multitude of possibilities for engaging artistically with each subject as a complex individual. The person in question may serve here as a projection surface for different facets of formal design approaches. Unz makes use not only of photography but also drawing – traditionally in pencil or digitally – as tools whose representational potential she handles with confidence and skill. Whether creating a naturalistic image or one that flirts with abstraction, she deliberately blurs the boundaries of recognizability of both medium and object, and thus challenges the viewer to look more closely.

Rebecca Unz attended the course in Photography & Multimedia Art at the HTBLVA Ortweinschule in Graz. The current cabinet exhibition “Head Studies” features exemplary works from her final thesis, “Wer ist Eloquent” (Who is Eloquent?). Her series Sensibelchen, who is on view along with selected related photographs and drawings.

The August Sander Prize was awarded for the first time in 2018 by the Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, sponsored by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach. The prize is linked to the idea of ??featuring young contemporary artistic approaches in response to factual, conceptual photography, with a special focus on the human portrait.


Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne,
Tel.: 0049 221 88895 300, www.photographie-kultur.de, photographie@sk-kultur.de

 

 

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of the exhibition FROM BECHER
TO BLUME
from us
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