WIM WENDERS PLACES, STRANGE AND QUIET
FALCKENBERG COLLECTION, HAMBURG-HARBURG In April this year, the Falckenberg Collection is delighted to present in cooperation with Wenders Images Berlin an exhibition of photographs by the internationally renowned filmmaker and artist Wim Wenders (b. 1945). Bringing together almost 60 images, taken from 1983 to 2011, this show entitled »Places, strange and quiet« will feature many photographs not yet exhibited in Germany including several very recent works.
For »Places, strange and quiet« Wenders has assembled a fascinating series of large-scale photographs taken in countries around the world from Salvador, Brazil; Palermo, Italy; Onomichi, Japan to Berlin, Germany; Brisbane, Australia, Armenia and the United States. From his iconic images of exteriors and buildings to his panoramic depictions of towns and landscapes, the exhibition will present the full range of Wenders’ work, exploring how he created and honed remarkable images that continue to resonate powerfully.
In his own words, »When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wander around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots. I have a huge attraction to places. Already when I look at a map, the names of mountains, villages, rivers, lakes or landscape formations excite me, as long as I don’t know them and have never been there ... I seem to have sharpened my sense of place for things that are out of place. Everybody turns right, because that’s where it’s interesting, I turn left where there is nothing! And sure enough, I soon stand in front of my sort of place. I don’t know, it must be some sort of inbuilt radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange.«
Wim Wenders is a multi-faceted artist: a painter, actor, writer and one of the most successful contemporary filmmakers. He first made his name as a leading director of the New German Cinema in the 1970s, and became a cult figure on the international film scene by the mid 1980s. It was in 1983, while scouting for locations for Paris, Texas (1984) that he began to use photography as an art medium in its own right.
WIM WENDERS BIOGRAPHY
Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf in 1945. After two years of studying medicine and philosophy and a yearlong stay in Paris as a painter he attended the University of Television and Film in Munich from 1967 to 1970.
One of the most important figures to emerge from the »New German Cinema« period in the 1970s, he was a founding member of the German film distribution »Filmverlag der Autoren« in 1971 and he established his own production company »Road Movies« in Berlin in 1975. Alongside directing atmospheric auteur films Wenders works with the medium of photography, and his poignant images of desolate landscapes engage themes including memory, time and movement. A major survey of his photography, »Pictures from the surface of the Earth«, was exhibited in museums and art institutions worldwide. Wim Wenders has published numerous books with essays and photographs.
Wim Wenders became a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin in 1984. He was awarded honorary doctorates at the Sorbonne University in Paris (1989), the Theological Faculty of the University of Fribourg (1995), the University of Louvain (2005) and the Architectural Faculty of the University of Catania (2010). He is founding member and president of the European Film Academy and member of the order Pour le Mérite. Currently he is teaching film as a professor at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg.
Wenders lives in Berlin, together with his wife, photographer Donata Wenders.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2010-11 PLACES STRANGE AND QUIET Haunch of Venison, London, England 2011 MASP, São Paulo, Brasil 2010
2006-10 JOURNEY TO ONOMICHI Céline and Heiner Bastian, Berlin, Germany 2010 Omotesando Hills, Tokyo, Japan (with Donata Wenders) 2006
2001-06 PICTURES FROM THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, Itay 2006 Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark 2004 James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA 2004 Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China 2004 Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China 2004 Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China 2004 Haunch of Venison, London, England 2003 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia 2003 City Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand 2003 Juerg Judin, Zurich, Switzerland 2003 Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain 2002 Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany 2001
2000 BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, Rose Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, USA
1996 WIM WENDERS: LANDSCAPE AND MEMORY, Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Santa Monica, USA WIM WENDERS: PHOTOS, Goethe Institutes worldwide
1994-95 ONCE – Photographs by Wim Wenders Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Italy 1995 FNAC, Berlin, Germany 1995 Parco, Tokyo, Japan 1994 FNAC, Paris, France 1994 Villa delle Rose, Bologna, Italy 1994 Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy 1993 1989-94 WIM WENDERS: PHOTOGRAPHS San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian, Spain 1994 Sala Parpallo Palau Dels Scala, Valencia, Spain 1994 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark 1993 La Biennale die Venezia „Slittamenti“, Venice, Italy 1993 „Robert Adams – Wim Wenders“, Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany 1992 Musée de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland 1992 Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan 1992 Shibuya Seibu Dept. Store, Tokyo, Japan 1992 Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, 1991 Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, Munich, Germany 1991 „Robert Adams – Wim Wenders“, Galerie Marie Louise Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland 1990 PPS. Galerie F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg, Germany 1989
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