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Das Bauhaus im Zagros

Persische Stammeskunst im Spiegel der Moderne

Das Bauhaus im Zagros

Demnächst bei Reinisch Contemporary: über 200 Jahre alte Gabbeh-Teppiche mit Bauhaus-Charakter

In einer neuen Ausstellung widmet sich die Galerie Reinisch Contemporary ( http://www.reinisch-contemporary.com) den Parallelen zwischen einem jahrtausendealten Kunsthandwerk und der westlichen Moderne. Anhand von seltenen Exemplaren des südwest-iranischen Gabbeh-Teppichs, beleuchtet „Das Bauhaus im Zagros“ sowohl ursprünglichste Formvorstellungen und Traditionen als auch deren Bezug zur Gegenwart.

Die gezeigten Stücke reichen von 1800 bis 1940, und stammen größtenteils aus der „Georges D. Bornet Collection“, einer der wichtigsten Gabbeh-Sammlungen der Welt. Durch ihre verblüffende Nähe zu Formen moderner Kunst erscheinen Gabbehs dem abendländischen Betrachter vertraut. Das „gebildete“ Auge ist bestrebt, darin Kunst zu sehen. Die Klarheit der Formen oder die Beschränkung auf wenige starke Farben erinnern an abstrakte Malerei.

Kurator Günther Holler-Schuster (Universalmuseum Joanneum – Neue Galerie Graz) über „Das Bauhaus im Zagros“:
„Westliche Augen, die gerade einmal etwas mehr als 100 Jahre Erfahrung mit der abstrakten Kunst haben, empfinden diese Erzeugnisse als „modern“. In dieser Hybridsituation befinden wir uns heute oft, wenn es um Stammeskunst geht, um Handwerkstraditionen und deren Bezug zur industriellen bzw. digitalen Gegenwart.“

Das Bauhaus steht für einen erweiterten Kunstbegriff, der vom Auratischen weg zur Lebensnähe führt, womit auch das Design, die Web- und Textilkunst an prominente Stelle rückt und mit der Kunst auf gleicher Ebene verstanden werden soll. Der archaische Gabbeh, als alltäglicher Gebrauchs- und Einrichtungsgegenstand, erfüllt auf geradezu mysteriös anmutende Weise wesentliche Ansprüche des modernen Kunst- und Designverständnisses – und vice versa.

Holler-Schuster: „Man hat zwar nicht voneinander gewusst, war sich aber geistig sehr nahe und erfüllte unbewusst Kriterien des jeweils anderen. Die Nomaden am Zagros haben ihre Lebensform teilweise seit nahezu ewigen Zeiten bewahrt. Ihre Gebrauchsgegenstände blieben dabei fast unverändert – so auch der Gabbeh. Die Knüpferin sah darin zunächst den Gebrauchswert, den wärmenden Teppich, der vor Einbruch des Winters fertig gestellt sein sollte. Zudem ergab sich eine weitreichende kreative Freiheit der Knüpferin, weil sie nicht marktorientiert arbeiten musste.“

Die eher grob und schnell geknüpften Gabbehs stammen meist aus der Provinz Fars mit dem mächtigen Zagros Gebirge. Luren, Bachtiaren, Gaschgai und Kamseh sind im Wesentlichen die halbnomadischen Gruppierungen, die dort leben.

Niemals folgen diese Teppiche den klassischen Mustern. Ihre Symbolkraft ist höchst eigenständig und reicht zurück in vorislamische Zeiten. Archaik, Einfachheit und Klarheit zeichnen diese Knüpfwerke aus. Sie sind mitunter sehr bunt, können gegenständig lesbar erscheinen und Figuren, Tiere, Gegenstände oder Pflanzen zeigen. Meist – vor allem bei Stücken um 1900 und früher – sind sie abstrakt und farblich oft auf die Grundfarben reduziert. Sie sind Gebrauchsgegenstände und ursprünglich nicht für den Handel gedacht. Entsprechend spät wurden sie im Westen bekannt.

Die Galerie Reinisch Contemporary ( http://www.reinisch-contemporary.com) begann bereits sehr früh, sich mit dem Thema Gabbeh auseinanderzusetzen. Die wegweisende Publikation „Gabbeh“ von 1986 zeugt davon genauso, wie das andauernde Interesse an diesen besonderen Stücken iranischer Stammeskunst. Seit der Übernahme der umfangreichen Sammlung des Schweizers Georges D. Bornet, vor mehr als 18 Jahren, hat Reinisch Contemporary die Sammlung laufend erweitert und immer wieder Spitzenstücke für internationale Ausstellungen und Publikationen zur Verfügung gestellt.

VERANSTALTUNGSDETAILS

Das Bauhaus im Zagros
Eröffnung: Freitag, 1. März 2019, 19:00 Uhr
Ausstellungsdauer: Bis 30. März 2019
Veranstaltungsort: Galerie Reinisch Contemporary, Hauptplatz 6, 8010 Graz, Österreich
http://www.reinisch-contemporary.com

ÜBER REINISCH CONTEMPORARY

Seit mehr als 25 Jahren sammelt, zeigt und handelt Helmut Reinisch mit österreichischer und internationaler Gegenwartskunst. Neben aktuellen Werken neuer Talente beinhaltet die Sammlung auch teils frühe Arbeiten von Künstlern wie Arnulf Rainer, Erwin Wurm und Joseph Beuys.

Über formelle Grenzen hinweg beschäftigt sich Reinisch Contemporary mit vermeintlich disparaten Schaffensfeldern und deren Verknüpfungen. Unvermutete Resonanzen zwischen ausgewählten Werken der Malerei, Skulptur, Textilkunst und Fotografie werden mitunter zum Vorschein gebracht und erzeugen Spannung. Durch Ausstellungen, Aktionen, Künstlerstipendien und interdisziplinäre Projekte ermöglicht Reinisch Contemporary immer wieder Begegnungen auf Augenhöhe zwischen Künstlern, Sammlern und der Öffentlichkeit.

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Reinisch Contemporary
Helmut Reinisch
Hauptplatz 6
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 810 110
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Art Culture

Poetry of Plants

Photographs by Karl Blossfeldt, Jim Dine and Roselyne Titaud in Cologne

Poetry of Plants

left: Karl Blossfeldt: Christmas rose, n.d.; right: Jim Dine: Entrada Drive, 2001-2003 (Source: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019)

On view: February 22 to July 21, 2019, in Room 1

Press preview: Wednesday, February 20, 11am (Please first obtain accreditation for the press preview by writing an informal e-mail to pr@sk-kultur.de)

Opening: Thursday, February 21, 7pm

Nature continually beguiles us with its wonders – the proliferating vegetation with myriad plant species and forms, their spatial disposition, the light that plays across them and the overall effect – and capturing them photographically is at the heart of the exhibition. The works on view manifest close observation and sensitive perception of flora and the verdant environment as documented with the camera, while also encouraging us to look attentively at photographic images crafted by two very different artists. It“s a question of reality and its interpretation.

The works of Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) and Jim Dine (b. 1935) provide a compelling springboard for examining this question. Even though the two artists are generations apart and represent very different artistic approaches, their works make it clear that the mystery of nature, its magic as well as its regularity and order, is a never-ending source of creative inspiration. Blossfeldt and Dine are united by their love of nature, their nuanced engagement with their pictorial subjects, and also the painstaking precision of their photographic compositions.

Karl Blossfeldt

Karl Blossfeldt, who is represented in the exhibition by over 70 original photographs made into gelatin silver prints, pursued photography as part of his teaching activities at the Unterrichtsanstalt des Königlichen Kunstgewerbemuseums (Institute of the Royal Arts & Crafts Museum) in Berlin. Born in Schielo (Harz, Saxony-Anhalt), Blossfeldt studied at the institute between 1884/85 and 1888 and subsequently worked as a modeler in the bronze workshop.

The year 1898 is thought to mark the beginning of his photographic activity, because Blossfeldt started that year to use photographs in his art teaching as models for handcrafted pieces and individual drawings. Photographic images not only enabled him to present to his students the plant material he had collected in the environs of Berlin in a freshly documented state – rather than trying to use quickly-wilting natural plants – it also let him magnify their smallest details and occasionally show his specimens in a specially prepared and arranged form. Blossfeldt focused on the fascination of nature“s formal repertoire, which he demonstrated in his photographs with the greatest of precision. He typically showcased the form of a particular plant before a flat, neutral background. In this respect, he used one of the purest forms of pictorial composition, zeroing in on the relevant subject matter in quasi-scientific fashion.

Blossfeldt“s rise to fame was launched by an exhibition of his photographs in Berlin in 1926 by the gallerist Karl Nierendorf, who showed them alongside sculptures from Africa and New Guinea. In 1928 Blossfeldt published his groundbreaking book Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature), and at the beginning of 1932 Wundergarten der Natur (The Magic Garden of Nature). Karl Blossfeldt died on December 3, 1932, in Berlin. Today he is one of the most renowned artists and photographers of the twentieth century. Along with August Sander and Albert Renger-Patzsch, Blossfeldt ranks as one of the key figures of the New Vision movement in photography.

Jim Dine

The exhibition „Poetry of Plants“ presents Blossfeldt“s works in conjunction with around 40 heliogravures by the American artist Jim Dine. They are larger in size and explore the lyrical aspect of the plant world in a manner that is formally remote from Blossfeldt“s approach and yet still related in some ways. In both cases we encounter a highly intense examination of the subject with the camera used to capture its details, as well as the integration of the individual images into an insightful series.

Jim Dine, who is at home in many different artistic media, whether painting, sculpture, printmaking, literature, or poetry, first made a name for himself on New York“s Pop Art scene in the late 1950s. He is well-known today mostly for motifs such as bathrobes, heart shapes, paint palettes, brushes, and tools. But nature“s creations have also been a consuming interest for the artist, as is evident from his many depictions of trees, branches, and flowers and their inclusion in his installations. As early as 1969, he already made a portfolio of Vegetables, his earliest work dealing with botanical forms and colors. Dine“s passion for nature and the plant world is likewise reflected in the Entrada Drive series of heliogravures from the early 2000s that is on display in the exhibition. These works are presented for the first time in Europe and have at all only been exhibited once at New York“s University Museum „Neuberger Museum of Art“.

They date back to a working stay in Los Angeles in the winter of 2001, when the artist took up residence on Entrada Drive with his wife, Diana Michener. What he would remember most was the peculiar atmospheric light, which felt to him like a „gray July.“ The heliogravures based on photographs Dine took in LA accordingly have a somber tonality in some cases. These are interspersed in the show with photos the artist took in botanical gardens in Berlin and New York. In contrast to Blossfeldt, Jim Dine looks beyond the individual plant forms at the broader picture, at scenes brimming with vegetation, bushes, and shrubbery.

With their finely calibrated gray tones, his heliogravures betray a long and elaborate process. These are handmade works, based on photographs – in this case medium-format black-and-white negatives – that are converted to slides in the original size of the planned heliogravures and exposed in contact with light-sensitive, gelatin-coated copper plates.

A look at the collection and cooperation with partners

The idea of bringing together works by Karl Blossfeldt and Jim Dine was inspired by research into the collection“s own archives. The presentation of works by Karl Blossfeldt is based on twenty years of close cooperation between Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur and Berlin University of the Arts, which owns over 600 of Blossfeldt“s original prints along with other material. A large number of these works are on long-term loan to Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, and these are sometimes exchanged with or supplemented by holdings from the university and featured in exhibitions or publications. In 2009 an annotated catalogue raisonne was compiled of the entire Blossfeldt collection, accessible on the website of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur ( https://www.photographie-sk-kultur.de/karl-blossfeldt/werke/).

The presentation of Jim Dine“s Entrada Drive series of heliogravures draws on an extensive collection of approximately 1,500 photographic works that the artist has entrusted to the care of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in 2005. This is the fourth exhibition that the institution has dedicated to the artist.

Roselyne Titaud – „Geographies des limites humaines“: Photographs

In Rooms 2 and 3, photographic works by Roselyne Titaud (b. 1977) will be on view. Titaud finds her motifs in interiors, including still lifes she encounters there, as well as outdoors in nature, for example in the forests and river landscapes of Germany and France. Roselyne Titaud studied at the ecole des Beaux-arts in Saint-etienne and has been living for the past several years in Berlin.

Under the title „Geographies des limites humaines“ – a reference to a poem Paul Eluard wrote in 1936 – the artist has made a selection from various photographic series (A bruit, Tiefe [Depth], 2012-13; Interieurs, Arrangements, 2001-07; Am Löwentor [At the Lion Gate], 2009; Les vallees, 2015; La Loire, 2017-18) and combined these images with other individual motifs from her oeuvre in a harmonious arrangement rife with associations. Rather than following chronological order like a retrospective, Titaud is concerned here with cross-references between motifs, themes, and formal aspects, exploring their changing contexts of meaning as they point in one direction or the other. Issues concerning media and forms of presentation also play a role.

The still life genre is a central focus for Titaud. She seeks out her pictorial subjects in homes in France and Berlin, her photographs revealing private decorative arrangements that tell of personal preferences and tastes. These interior scenes summon moments of remembrance and are thus imbued with a distinctly temporal component. In Titaud“s photographs we discover porcelain and glass in a variety of shapes and colors, as tableware, vases or figures; decorative fabrics with patterns and fringes, made out of lace or woven, as cushions and upholstery; armchairs; display cases; chests of drawers; and small tables on which objects are draped. Flora and fauna appear in a wide variety of motifs: flowers, plants, and also animal replicas. The spectrum ranges from a bouquet of flowers in a vase, to potted plants, artificial or genuine, to floral patterns on wallpaper, carpets, or throws. Animals as porcelain figures, painted in pictures, or in the form of shells or coral, populate many of Roselyne Titaud“s photographs. This cosmos of objects taken from nature seems at once familiar and yet somehow strange and otherworldly. It spirits us away to a bygone era when furnishing fashions and styles were subject to different aesthetic and material parameters than today. And these arrangements and interiors also ultimately reflect social structures, notions of family life and belonging, and economic conditions.

„The Lobster Quadrille“: Photographs by Roselyne Titaud, Herbert Bayer, Jim Dine, Ruth Hallensleben, Willi Moegle and Anonymous

An exhibition for „Artist Meets Archive“ and the Internationale Photoszene Köln (May 4 to July 21, 2019, in Rooms 3 and 4 – Opening: Sunday, May 5, 2 pm)

Starting May 3rd, a second, newly installed section of Roselyne Titaud“s exhibition will be on view in Room 3. In the context of „Artist Meets Archive,“ a cooperative project with the Internationale Photoszene Köln festival, the artist was invited to engage with the archival holdings of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur. Titaud was particularly intrigued by the „hidden treasures“ she found, the byways of the collection, and decided to set them in an associative dialogue with her own works. She selected photographs by Herbert Bayer, Jim Dine, Ruth Hallensleben, Willi Moegle, and Anonymous. The diverse works all become part of a visual alphabet which, in the artist“s constellation, offers fresh perspectives and interpretations. „The Lobster Quadrille“ is the name of a chapter in Lewis Carroll“s novel Alice in Wonderland in which various marine animals strike up a colorful round dance, changing partners to try out ever-new configurations – an open and dynamic system of references that serves as a fitting symbol for the exhibition concept.

Press photos for the exhibitions are available in the Press section on the SK Stiftung Kultur website, direct link: http://bit.ly/2F5lcCt

Please address press inquiries to: +49 221 88895 105, pr@sk-kultur.de

With its collection, the scholarly maintenance of its holdings, its research projects, and its exhibitions, all of which center around objective, documentary photography, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur contributes to a wide range of regional, national, and international artistic and cultural offerings.The institution“s collection comprises more than 30,000 works by historical and contemporary photographers of various nationalities. A significant share of these-more than 10,500 negatives and 5,500 original prints-is part of the August Sander Archive, followed by negatives and prints from important series by the artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. These two photographic stances, are since 1992 and 1996, in terms of style and content decisive for the further development of the collection.
There are two to three exhibitions a year, most of them accomponied by publications compiled at Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur. Presentations are organized that are assembled from the institution“s own collection as well as displays of works that enter into a dialogue with it. The exchange with regional, national, and international institutions plays an important role, as evidenced by numerous collaborative exhibition projects and a lively circulation of loans.

Company-Contact
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895300
E-Mail: photographie@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.photographie-sk-kultur.de

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50670 Köln
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E-Mail: pr@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.sk-kultur.de

Art Culture

Matryoschka receives coveted Kirkus Review

this sci-fi tale remains thoughtful and emotional

Matryoschka receives coveted Kirkus Review

Matryoschka Heritage

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Kirkus Review of Matryoschka

Alternative pasts and genders arise from a failed quantum energy experiment …
this sci-fi tale remains thoughtful and emotional.

Alternative pasts and genders arise from a failed quantum energy experiment in this debut novel. Alexandria Jane Merk is a white Army veteran who, „at twenty-six, had left her soul on the streets of Tikrit, Iraq“ when she couldn’t save two young boys. She“s now attending a university in Pullman, Washington, accompanied by friends Quentin Khan, a chubby, Arabic „man-child,“ and Katie Jo Parker, a very tall black woman and fellow vet.

Alex Jane becomes affected by a physics experiment that causes her to lose „contact with herself,“ creating alternative pasts for two separate identities into which she splits. One is college freshman Sarah Beth Merk, who generally feels that life is good, although she has almost-buried memories of a horrifying childhood event. The other is Alexander „Alex“ James Monroe, an Army vet with disturbing childhood memories of his own centering on his great-great-grandmother-„Babushka“- and the mental gymnastics she forced him to undergo with a set of matryoschka, Russian nesting dolls, covered with mysterious writing.

And Sarah Beth/Alex are similar to these dolls, because she seemingly exists as a „flesh-hued thing“ that slips on and off; in fact, she“s „pure energy“ and „the most dangerous thing on Earth.“ The dual entity, their friends, and government researchers must race to solve mounting puzzles before Sarah Beth loses control. …

The gender what-if is central and has a remarkable twist. Gene“s dialogue is naturalistic, although characterization sometimes falters. … This sci-fi tale remains thoughtful and emotional.

Matryoschka Heritage Novels and Short Stories

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Tonight Show Guest Michael Wigge on Motivational Speaking Tour across the US

Tonight Show Guest Michael Wigge on Motivational Speaking Tour across the US

TV adventurer and four-time book author Michael Wigge has faced incredible travel challenges. He traveled the world for free and showed his audience the incredible: How can a single person travel 35,000 miles from Europe to Antarctica without a single penny of money in his pocket? The Los Angeles Times entitled Wigge „the ultimate budget traveler“, and Katy Perry called him on The Tonight Show „a cheap date“ when Wigge had the chance to promote his book while Katy Perry presented her biography. (check out Youtube „Wigge Tonight Show“ for the video)
Wigge also gained popularity in the United States when publishing „How to Barter for Paradise“. This self-experiment was even more challenging for motivational speaker Wigge than „How to Travel the World for Free“ was. Wigge had to barter a bitten apple for bigger and better things around the world to finally achieve the incredible: a house in Hawaii! Wigge made it after 14 countries, all continents, seven months of travel and 42 barter deals and calls himself a happy house owner on Big Island, Hawaii – all by bartering for bigger and better and by using money!
Years earlier when Wigge was still working as a host on MTV Germany, he met Angelina Jolie on the red carpet who called him „a strange but fantastic man“. This motivated the reporter and adventurer so much, that he decided to forward his experiences after a total of seven adventure challenges (Wigge also traveled Europe blindfolded wearing a sleeping mask) with motivational keynotes for corporations, colleges, and associations all over the United States.
These and other adventure challenges are the backbone of his keynotes on successful leadership, motivational support, change management success, and the science of successful sales.
You can find Wigge touring across the United States, and supporting entire sales teams, college lectures, and corporate meetings with his messages to embrace the necessary change they require.
In early 2019, Michael Wigge continues his speaking tour across the United States with keynotes and screenings open to the public. Feel free to check out one of his events to meet Michael Wigge personally:

Jan 9th, 2019 – Loveland Breakfast Optimists Club, Loveland CO – 7pm
Jan 16th, 2019 – DL Parsons Theatre Northglenn CO – 10:00am
Feb 9th, 2019 – Rotary Club of Lititz PA – 2:00 & 7:00pm
Feb 11th, 2019 – Sturgis Arts Council, Sturgis MI – 7:00pm
Feb 12th, 2019 – Tecumseh Center for the Arts, Tecumseh, MI – 7:00pm
Feb 14th, 2019 – Baptist Church, Fairfield, IL – 7:15pm
Feb 16th- 20th – NACA Greater Columbus Convention Center Columbus, OH

Why would it be worth visiting one of Michael Wigge’s events?
Many visitors of the public feel the need to find a source of self-motivation. A huge number of people leave Wigges events highly satisfied and describe the experience as a source for new energy, and direction on optimism. Wigge presents through his travel challenges and his personal challenges he faced in his life any crisis as a source for improvement on private and business life. Analyzing personal wrong doings is one of Wigge“s tools for personal and professional self-development.
Another important tool on self-motivation is goal setting, as Michael Wigge likes to describe it to his friends, fans, and followers. A right strategy of goal setting can prevent a lack of motivation and can even prevent tough personal periods of stress and depression. Wigge usually sets up with his client’s one, three, and five year plans for their personal and professional lives. This usually helps to focus and to have a red line everyone can easily move along. More than two thirds of his clients have experiences Wigge’s goal-setting-strategies as life changing in terms of self-motivation and happiness. Michael: „Clear goals in life can usually prevent any kind of depression stronger than the medication we tend to get prescribed!“.
But Wigge also talks in his lectures and screenings about stress-management, regular workout, and a strong social network to improve self-motivation and success in life.
His stress-management program is proven by himself when he traveled the world for free, and when he bartered a bitten apple to a house in Hawaii. Wigge: „The adventure challenges were so intense that I had to imply a well-functioning stress-management strategy to succeed in the long run.“ Wigge presents his seven-pillar-resilience program to gain strength in stressful situations, but he also forwards cognitive and structural elements to manage stress for self-motivation and success.
One of Wigge“s main tools to keep strength as a high performer is his endurance sports and relaxation program entitled Challenge-4-Change which is a strong part of his German speaking program. Part of this program is regular exercise combined with meditation practices. Wigge: „I“ve introduced this program to my personal life almost ten years ago and it has changed me completely“. Wigge shows how this program levels stress, improves motivation, and enables everyone to become a high performer.
Wigge is happy to meet you personally at one of his upcoming events in the US and in speaking halls around Germany!

Check out motivational speaker Michael Wigge

CMW supports clients in embracing change. Michael Wigge is an international motivational speaker who supports corporations, associations, and colleges around the country and internationally in embracing change, gaining in leadership strength, and helping their employees to improve their self-motivation. Wigge also supports private individuals in solving conflicts, in overcoming anxiety, and in achieving their personal and professional goals. CMW has supported over 100 corporations and more than 500 private individuals in embracing the necessary change they were thriving for. Feel free to contact CWM for projects all over the United States.

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E-Mail: michael@pichu-productions.com
Url: http://my-challenge-coach.com

Art Culture

Alive Drumming’s new release of Song Rhythm Tracks

The Giant Panda, „User-Requests“ Release 3.0 of Song Rhythm Tracks – the innovative rhythm track arranger that uses audio of top session drummers and AI algorithms.

Alive Drumming

Song Rhythm Tracks

Alive Drumming responds to community requests.
– SetList Sharing – Share your setlists in a similar way to sharing tracks
– Search for SetLists – Download an entire album of tracks shared by others. Very handy for your rehearsals.
– All samplers tracks now can be downloaded as setlists. Simply perform a setlist search for any of these names, „Afro-Cuban Salsa“, „Jazz and Blues“, and „Classic Country Music“. You will then receive all the track definitions (in the „deferred“ state) where you can then choose, at any time, to download any of the tracks.
– Reworked Search – More stable + Allows for more functions during a search, such as duplication + Auto-browse to last track accessed at the conclusion of the search.
– Introducing Holds and Pushes – This release adds options for holds and pushes to your arrangements, accessible via the user-defined arrangements page.
Updated On-line Guides – in all supported languages
– Stability improvements.

Version 3.0, Song Rhythm Tracks is now available in the Apple App Store at
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1254346877?mt=8

Finest quality rhythmic backing arranged for your songs – Easily via mobile App!
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1254346877?mt=8

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Alive Drumming
Matt Hargreaves
Bessie Street 1
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Art Culture

Sound Of Sun – The Egyptian producer

Oriental influence mixed with modern sound

Sound Of Sun - The Egyptian producer

Sound Of Sun Logo

Now it is official, good sound does not inevitably come from the States or Europe. The proof comes from Sound Of Sun, an Egyptian producer and artist who has dedicated himself to the Deep and Tech House.

He delivered his debut album on 11/11/18 and shines with a great sound that mixes the modern with oriental influence. It’s not just some normal sound, no, it’s soundtracks that every film studio and filmmaker should keep in mind. A whopping 10 tracks are available on the new disc and there are still far more in the drawer.

But who is Sound Of Sun anyway?

A 26-year-old man born in Saudi Arabia, who came to Egypt as a child with his parents and began learning his musical skills at the tender age of six and he continued to refine it. The piano had done it to him. After occasional interruptions, which was due to the school, he quickly decided to establish himself as an artist. He had a dream that he pursues today and threatens to continue to be reality.

After a little practice, he started producing his first house tracks. He also mixes and masters them all himself. His tracks enchant you and take you away to distant places. They are made to dream and tell stories like no one else can believe.

If you’re into Deep and Tech House, Sound of Sun will not be over. These tracks must be heard and ready to handle.

The record company Battl Victory Records and the publisher Battl Victory Publishing have recently taken care of that. In over 300 online stores worldwide, the album is available for download and streaming, as well as on Facebook and Instagram for use in videos and stories.

In the house own shop you will also find. Merchandise included.

If you have not heard and read about Sound Of Sun before, you will do so more often. A new star producer has come to stay and to enchant humanity.

It’s a must to follow such a talented music producer in the social media. If you are interested in using the tracks, please contact the publisher and the record company and info@battl-victory-records.com.

Musikverlag und -Label, Artist Management

Company-Contact
Battl Victory Records
Daniel Sejpka
Wieseneck 2
93351 Painten
Phone: +4916092056777
E-Mail: info@battl-victory-records.com
Url: http://www.battl-victory-records.com

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Pressestelle BVR
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Wieseneck 2
93351 Painten
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E-Mail: pr@battl-victory-records.com
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Art Culture

News about Battl Victory Records and the Founder

News about Battl Victory Records and short Interview with the founder.

News about Battl Victory Records and the Founder

Brand of Battl Victory Records

On 15.11. This year it is time again. Battl Victory Records celebrates the two-year-old. Since the foundation a lot has happened. Afterwards, the founder Battl comments.

Partly owed by the new regulations DSGVO and partly to expand the company, particular emphasis was placed on the customer. These should be offered a better shopping and listening experience. The record company, founded in 2016, is constantly expanding its portfolio. Which is due to the new artists. Dr. NICK , Herr Schmidt and Triton are only 3 of the artists working under label, publishing and management.

Meanwhile, the monthly rhythm is requested and negotiations are conducted. International artists are not excluded. One may anticipate that the Sound Of Sun could be committed from Egypt and contracts were sent to California, USA.

The small independent label from Wieseneck near Kelheim begins to grow. It grows into an international company and remains on the ground of the facts. To grant his artists liberties and to offer fair contracts. This is the exception rather than the rule in the music industry.

Not only the constantly new music is published, no, the online shop is growing and thriving. This has been completely restructured. This was perceived immediately in the DSGVO implementation and thus aufgerup double work. This can be seen. If you do not believe it, take a look for yourself.

New customers get a whopping 25% Welcome Bonus which will automatically be emailed after creating a customer account . The international shipping was expanded and generally reduced the postage costs. Furthermore, one may now come into the enjoyment of a Cashback’s system. Everyone who registers for Cashback World can save money here as well as other companies.

But to stay on the subject, there will be numerous discount and special promotions again this year for the anniversary. Here you will be informed early on the existing social media portals ( Facebook , Instagram , Twitter , Google+ and more). Nobody should miss this, especially now that a Halloween campaign is being advertised. This is directly connected to the anniversary and Christmas is just around the corner.

Should not one be tempted here?

We have long since expired and can not live without it.

The interview that has been eagerly awaited:

Press office BVR: „Hi, Battl, nice that you have found time for the interview, how are you?“

Battl: „I’m happy to find time to be here, so far, I’m fine, there is much to do right now, you jump from appointment to
appointment, make new contacts and meet new and of course you the „older“ artists.

PR: „That’s what we like to hear, there’s a lot going on here?“

Battl: „Yes, a lot is happening, but you should see that yourself best.“ (Laughs)
The shop was completely rebuilt to ensure a better shopping experience. New discount and
Promotions are entered. Here I am particularly proud to present an online advent calendar this year
allowed.
Shipping costs have been adjusted worldwide. A cashback system is introduced and the credit card payment
for the currency Euro and US Dollar.
Much has been adapted to the needs of the artists. Of course, the work-life balance should not be too short
come.“

PR: „We heard artists, what’s going on there?“

Battl: „The already existing artists are expanding their offer, meaning that new songs are being produced and will be coming
soon released. Also new albums which are delivered worldwide again. Spotify, Amazon, iTunes etc. Of course, too
as a normal CD and vinyl. The concert offer will increase dramatically. Germany, Europe and as well
worldwide.
They are in contact with several new artists / bands who have expressed their interest in working together.
It is important to mention that two new artists have already written. Sound Of Sun, an Egyptian Deep
and Tech House producer and Adrian Mendenhall a singer / songwriter from California. Last one is currently looking for
Band members. „

PR: „Because we’re at Sound Of Sun right now, there’s a little disagreement with a certain Mr. Vieira from L.A.
What can you tell us? „

Battl: „Not too much at the moment, you have to see what happens. Because as a record company, we do not have much to
do with these disputes unless they are
expand. According to Sound Of Sun, this was written by Mr. Vieira through one of his numerous accounts
and cheated on money. As we are among our artists, the suggestion was made advising to lawyers
to let.“

Pr: „That’s all you can say?“

Battl: „You just have to see if this is really it or not just a fake account, so far it looks more like fake
Nobody can be that unprofessional. But everywhere there are black sheep. We definitely have
no business relationship nor contact with this person. I did not even know the name until now. (Laughs)
We have reported this in Twitter and now look what’s up. Vieira has blocked us in any case. It is
pity that this happens, because then the impression arises that managers are only whistling. If he really is
Personally, I would not advise anyone to do business with him. „

PR: „You look calmly forward?“

Battl: „Yeah totally, this account pulls, no matter what this does the shorter one, as you can see with the blockage yes, for it is
rather even an advantage. Our artists have very quickly taken the wind out of their sails. On big thank you for that. „

PR: „We wish to continue doing well.“

Battl: „Thank you, of course I also wish and see you later. (Laughs sincerely) Until then, a good time.“

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Company-Contact
Battl Victory Records
Daniel Sejpka
Wieseneck 2
93351 Painten
Phone: +4916092056777
E-Mail: info@battl-victory-records.com
Url: http://www.battl-victory-records.com

Press
Pressestelle BVR
Daniel Sejpka
Wieseneck 2
93351 Painten
Phone: +4916092056777
E-Mail: pr@battl-victory-records.com
Url: http://www.battl-victory-records.com

Art Culture

Blackspace develops new visual identity for the Munich Symphony Orchestra

Blackspace develops new visual identity for the Munich Symphony Orchestra

Poster advertising for the Munich Symphony Orchestra in the subway.

Blackspace, the brand experience agency, partners with the Munich Symphony Orchestra to launch the „Concert 2.0“ project – making the orchestra visible to the public with a fresh new look.

The Munich Symphony Orchestra has completely restructured itself for the 2018/2019 season. After receiving the „Exzellente Orchesterlandschaft Deutschland“ („Excellent German Orchestra“) sponsorship award from the German State Ministry of Culture and Media, they are now handling their subscription series themselves.

The symphony is taking a bold, experimental approach to this task. Managing Artistic Director Annette Josef and Michael Keller from Blackspace have joined forces to break conventional listening habits with projects that transcend genre, unorthodox locations, and a new way of bringing art to people. The goal is „Concert 2.0“ – to redesign the symphony“s main product, the „concert“, to appeal to younger culturally savvy audiences beyond regular visitors. As Annette Josef put it: „Out of the concert hall, into the city. The symphony is bringing music to the people!“ The first obvious step for the general public is the Munich Symphony Orchestra“s brand new design, designed by Blackspace.

Cinematic imagery that tells stories

The supporting campaign currently on display throughout the city of Munich focuses on the orchestra“s musicians with a clear message: the same essence, but with a new face. At the same time, the video artists at the Blackspace „Black Lab“ are producing video clips that present classics from the symphony“s repertoire in an entirely new way. Michael Keller explains the unusual imagery as part of the „Concert 2.0“ concept, a new approach to communicating art to all of the senses: „We want to tell stories. And think in terms of video. The images show what people think about when they listen to music. The concert halls aren“t our only platform. Instead, we want these images to spread throughout the digital space and across social media, on smartphones, Instagram and Vimeo.“ Stills from these videos will also be featured on concert posters.

The wordmark as intonation

The symphony“s tagline speaks for itself: „Der Klang unserer Stadt“ („The sound of our city“). The newly developed „Münchner Symphoniker“ wordmark is onomatopoeia in the truest sense of the word. It emphasizes the umlaut above the „u“, the diaeresis, to visualize the intonation of the word. The logo is reminiscent of a double beat of the drum. The type is based on „Bressay“, a classic Antiqua typeface updated for digital use. It features charming drop-shaped accents, creating a playful, yet elegant look.

New spaces for art

Annette Josef and Michael Keller got to know each other while collaborating on a new concert format, the „Connecting Sounds“ project. The Munich Symphony Orchestra played a special concert at the agency“s office, in an old industrial hall. The designers linked the music to sound-reactive table lamps, allowing people to experience the sound in a spatial and visual way as well. Later, guests were seated among the orchestra“s musicians, making them part of the sound installation.

Michael Keller expressed a genuine concern in conceiving this project: „The visual identity serves as a space for the symphony because we don“t have a concert hall in Munich. It“s important for Munich to claim new spaces for art.“

Brands, products and services trigger memories and make us feel certain emotions that stay with us for our entire lives. They impact our behaviors, our perceptions and our decisions. We can develop loyalties and connections to brands if we’re able to establish a strong, emotional and far-reaching relationship with them – through extraordinary, unforgettable brand experiences. This is our mindset and profound belief. We make the incomprehensible tangible, give shape to the unimaginable, and are always working to advance what is innovative and new. This is what our label BLACKSPACE stands for, and it drives our work.

Contact
BLACKSPACE GmbH
Stefanie Börger
Luisenstraße 14
80333 München
Phone: 089 41 41 600 330
E-Mail: news@black.space
Url: http://www.black.space

Art Culture

August Sander: Masterpieces – Photographs from „People of the 20th Century“

Exhibition is featuring over 150 original photographs | Press tour on Wednesday, 5 September at 11 a.m.

August Sander: Masterpieces - Photographs from "People of the 20th Century"

August Sander: Young Farmers, 1914 (Source: © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur)

Press tour: Wednesday, 5 September at 11 a.m. (Please register for the press by sending an informal e-mail to pr@sk-kultur.de)

Opening and award ceremony for Francesco Neri: Thursday, 6 September, 7 p.m.
The exhibition will be on view from 7 September 2018 to 27 January 2019.

The current exhibition, featuring over 150 original photographs and numerous documents shown in display cases, presents a representative cross-section of the „People of the 20th Century“ project.

The portraits from August Sander“s epochal work are not only of fundamental importance for the history of photography; they are also highly exciting objects of study – masterpieces for anyone who has an unsentimental, unbiased love of people and life; who likes to ask questions about the past and gather experiences for the future; who has a passion for looking, discovering, fantasizing, and analyzing: How do the people portrayed appear to us today? How did they spend their lives? What delighted or shocked them? What experiences left a mark on their faces, their hands, their physiognomy? What can they share with us from their own bygone world and times? How did Sander manage to meet and talk to so many different people, and to entice them into posing for a picture? What does the photographic material convey to us today – at a time when hardly any photographs are developed in the darkroom anymore and a kind of magic has thus been lost? What does time and manual craft mean for artistic engagement?

Viewed together, the people August Sander (1876-1964) depicted in such an objective yet dignified and personal manner unfold a whole cosmos that brings history to life. Looking at Sander“s photographs challenges us to search for similarities, differences, and comparable qualities. They summon memories of accounts from the past, render tangible transformations in people“s living conditions and way of life; we see occupations that have changed, which no longer exist or have been replaced; developments or events in society are made more vivid to us, as are changing pictorial styles and artistic aesthetics.

And yet apart from the referential character of Sander“s photographs, their historical relevance and inspirational force, qualities that have been highlighted by renowned authors such as Walter Benjamin, Alfred Döblin, Golo Mann, and Kurt Tucholsky, the pictures depict very concrete moments and display individually a remarkable degree of aesthetic quality. They compellingly demonstrate Sander“s knack at capturing reality and his eye for composing specific details into lifelike documentary photographs. Being able to experience this quality up close based on August Sander“s original handmade prints is a real privilege and something that can only be made possible on this scale in rare cases due to the conservation requirements of these so-called vintage prints.

August Sander first presented his project „People of the 20th Century“ in 1927 at the Kölnischer Kunstverein. He had selected more than 110 prints, a group that, as far as can be reconstructed, largely diverges from the current presentation, let alone the fact that several different prints of individual motifs were and are in circulation. Since Sander developed the project or – as he called it – his cultural work „People of the 20th Century“ between circa 1925 and 1955, i.e., over the course of three decades, also incorporating motifs he had produced from 1892 onwards, his stock of original prints and portfolios had grown immensely by the end of his life. Within his archive, this group of works forms a kind of cache from which the photographer drew freely for exhibitions and publications. This was a uniquely innovative approach in his day. Sander“s awareness of the exponential effect of image series as opposed to individual images made him a pioneer of conceptual photography, as did his resolute use of an unmanipulated, factual reproduction of his chosen motifs. His portraits were meant to underline his documentary approach and to do without any artistic embellishments while nonetheless manifesting a fine-tuned and restrained design.

Sander endeavored with his extensive portrait work to show a cross-section of the population, including people practicing different occupations and from various walks of life and generations – a mirror of his times. This intention is echoed in the title of his first book, Antlitz der Zeit (Face of Our Time), published in 1929. The indirectly expressed face of the time as well as individual physiognomies were the focus of the photographer“s undivided attention for decades.

To give form to his growing compendium, Sander created a concept in the mid-1920s for naming most of the image groups and portfolios that were at the center of his work. The groups are called: „The Farmer,“ „The Skilled Tradesman,“ „The Woman,“ „Classes and Professions,“ „The Artists,“ „The City,“ and „The Last People.“ The latter, perhaps misleading, term stands for a series of pictures that respectfully show people on the fringes of society. Sander“s concept at the time, which proposed a sequential arrangement of groups and portfolios, is also followed in the current exhibition, drawing on single images or groups of representative prints from the corresponding portfolios.

Most of the photographs come from the August Sander Archive, which Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur acquired in 1992, thus laying the cornerstone for the Cologne photography collection“s further development. These works from the archive are joined in the show by exclusive loans of originals from the Berlinische Galerie, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Berlin; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, as well as from major private collections.

Accompanying the exhibition is the catalogue August Sander – Meisterwerke/Masterpieces, published in German and English by the Schirmer/Mosel Verlag. This is the first publication on the photographer to feature original prints reproduced in their authentic tonality and with original cropping. Digital data obtained by scanning the originals were coordinated according to many different factors and then printed in four colors. Gabriele Conrath-Scholl has written a catalogue essay that explores in depth how „People of the 20th Century“ developed over time, adding a new chapter to the discourse on August Sander“s oeuvre, which has played a central role in the program of the Munich publishing house ever since it published Sander“s „Rheinlandschaften“ in 1975, followed by numerous additional titles.

Also on view:

A Look at the Collection: Hugo Erfurth – Pictures
An exhibition presented by Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur and the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, in Room 2

Most of the portraits that survive from the studio of Hugo Erfurth (1874-1948) hark back in style to the era of art photography. This artistically motivated photographic approach, also known as Pictorialism, flourished at the end of the 19th century until around 1914. The photographers aimed to create exquisitely designed compositions, which were further refined using special manual and technical interventions. High-quality and extremely elaborate printing processes were used, allowing the photographer to apply painterly touches. Borrowing from painting in this way helped give the photographs a more exalted appearance, an impression further enhanced by printing them as large pictures to hang on the wall. The expressive motifs given such lofty treatment were imbued with symbolism and emotion – sometimes verging on the melodramatic. Prominent figures in society were honored with fine photographic prints, or such pictures would be commissioned for special occasions. With the advent of new technical possibilities for the medium in the 1920s and a return to pure documentary photography, the techniques of Pictorialism declined in popularity.

Regardless of the latest trends, however, Hugo Erfurth persisted in producing most of his motifs as art prints. He was particularly adept at the oil printing process, and his studio turned out some truly exquisite pieces. After initially focusing on genre photography and landscape, Erfurth increasingly specialized in portraits, at first primarily of family members. After acquiring and moving into the palace of Count Lüttichau in the center of Dresden in 1906, Erfurth“s studio developed into a prestigious focal point of the city“s cultural life. His portrait clients included nobles and members of bourgeois society and the military, as well as artists. The present exhibition includes engaging portraits of Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Käthe Kollwitz, and Richard Riemerschmid. Interestingly enough, some of these figures also posed for August Sander – resulting in likenesses of a very different kind. While Sander had also produced work indebted to the ideas of art photography, after the First World War he increasingly turned away from that style in his independent artistic work. Only relatively few, but nonetheless enlightening, examples of photographs by him in this mode survive today.

The exhibition devoted to Hugo Erfurth is a continuation of the cooperation launched in 2018 between the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn and Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne. The photographs on display come from the holdings of both institutions, supplemented by loans from the Deutsche Fotothek Dresden. A booklet with a text by Adelheid Komenda will be published for the show.

2018 August Sander Award-Winner:
Francesco Neri – Farmers, Photographs from 2009-2018
(Rooms 3 and 4)

The first winner of the August Sander Award, launched in 2018, will be the subject of a special exhibition. Francesco Neri (b. 1982) is presenting the series that impressed the jury: „Farmers.“ Born in the town of Faenza in northern Italy, the artist began producing a photographic account of rural agricultural life in his home region in 2009, centering mostly on portraiture. His project gave rise to sensitive and yet plainly documentary portraits of farmers, whom Neri photographed in the settings where they live and work. Most of the pictures were taken outdoors in a garden or field, sometimes with a house or farmyard visible in the background. The atmosphere is shaped by restrained colors and light, putting the individuals at the center of the composition. They look out at the viewer with open gazes, without any exaggerated poses or evident shyness in front of the camera.

The show comprises 70 photographs, most of them making their debut here and some being exhibited together for the first time. Francesco Neri, who studied at the Ravenna Art Academy with Guido Guidi, displays his pictures as contact prints, taken either with black-and-white or color film. The prints measure 8 x 10 inches, or approx. 20 x 25 cm, and are produced using a large-format camera.
A booklet with a text by Claudia Schubert accompanies the exhibition.

The August Sander Award was established in 2018 and is sponsored by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach in cooperation with Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur. The prize for contemporary photography, endowed with 5,000 euros, will be awarded every two years to artists up to 40 years of age who have demonstrated special merit in the field of documentary portraiture.

Press enquiries: tel: +49 221 88895 105, email: pr@sk-kultur.de

Press photos for the exhibitions can be found in the press area of the SK Stiftung Kultur website under the direct link: http://bit.ly/2tbQGP9

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne, tel.: +49 221/888 95 300, email: photographie@sk-kultur.de, www.photographie-sk-kultur.de
Current exhibitions are open daily except Wednesdays from 2 to 7 p.m.

Admission: EUR5.50 (reduced EUR3), free the first Monday of the month!
Regular guided tours every Sunday at 3 p.m., cost: regular admission + EUR2 for the tour

Extended opening hours during the festival weekend for „Internationale Photoszene Köln“ ( www.photoszene.de): Friday, 28 September from 2 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 29/30 September, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibitions will be closed on 1 November (All Saints“ Day), from 24 to 26 December, on 31 December 2018, and on 1 January 2019.

With its collection, the scholarly maintenance of its holdings, its research projects, and its exhibitions, all of which center around objective, documentary photography, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur contributes to a wide range of regional, national, and international artistic and cultural offerings.The institution“s collection comprises more than 30,000 works by historical and contemporary photographers of various nationalities. A significant share of these-more than 10,500 negatives and 5,500 original prints-is part of the August Sander Archive, followed by negatives and prints from important series by the artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. These two photographic stances, are since 1992 and 1996, in terms of style and content decisive for the further development of the collection.
There are two to three exhibitions a year, most of them accomponied by publications compiled at Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur. Presentations are organized that are assembled from the institution“s own collection as well as displays of works that enter into a dialogue with it. The exchange with regional, national, and international institutions plays an important role, as evidenced by numerous collaborative exhibition projects and a lively circulation of loans.

Company-Contact
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895300
E-Mail: photographie@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.photographie-sk-kultur.de

Press
SK Stiftung Kultur der Sparkasse KölnBonn
Ralf Convents
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895105
E-Mail: pr@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.sk-kultur.de

Art Culture

Francesco Neri to receive the 2018 August Sander Award

The first award winner has been announced

Francesco Neri to receive the 2018 August Sander Award

Guido Guidi: Francesco Neri, April 2017 (Source: © Guido Guidi)

Die Photographische Sammlung/ SK Stiftung Kultur is pleased to announce that Francesco Neri has been selected as winner of the first August Sander Award, donated by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach. The name of the award which will be presented every two years, refers, as many people know, to the important photographer August Sander (1876-1964). The August Sander Archive, and with it the photographer“s estate, has been part of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur since 1992. The award aims to foster young, contemporary artistic approaches to objective and conceptual photography, with a special emphasis on portraying people. The first call for entries for this new award met with a resounding response, with over 160 submissions received from both Germany and abroad.

Following intense discussions, the international jury, comprising Dr. Anja Bartenbach (from the donor family), Gabriele Conrath-Scholl (Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur), Hans Eijkelboom (artist), Prof. Dr. Ursula Frohne (University of Münster), and Dr. Gabriele Hofer-Hagenauer (Landesgalerie Linz/Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum) first came up with a shortlist of eight candidates and then selected as winner the Italian photographer Francesco Neri (b. 1982 in Faenza) for his series „Farmers.“

„Francesco Neri“s „Farmers“ series greatly impressed us with its high artistic quality and photographic technique,“ said the jury in its statement. „The portraits of farmers in Northern Italy are notable for a sensitively realized interplay between light, the surrounding space, and the personality of the sitter. In consistently pursuing his self-chosen theme by way of serial comparison, the artist has created a compendium of exceptional documentary value. Each motif develops its own arresting visual impact while profoundly evoking a moment in time, letting us share in a horizon of experience that also includes the photographic process itself.“

Francesco Neri is committed to the analogue photographic tradition. Neri is member and tutor at the AA School of Architecture in London/Photographic Visiting School program and professor for photography at the Institute of Graphic Design in Faenza. He prefers to use a large-format camera, making contact prints from 8″ x 10″ color negatives. This procedure calls for great concentration while taking the picture as well as a good command of the technology and a clear vision of the final composition. Neri is keenly aware of how every small nuance can change the impression made by an image, so that the light, background, and cropping take on paramount importance for him. At the same time, he manages intuitively to incorporate random occurrences in his shots. Neri lets his subjects be themselves, observing their body language and the poses they naturally assume while seeking eye contact.

Francesco Neri“s photographic portraits are shaped by a fundamentally humanist view of the world. Through his historical awareness and a close connection with the Northern Italian setting, where he himself grew up, the artist succeeds in the series „Farmers“ in touching on universal social, economic, and societal themes, while also exploring individual life contexts and personalities.

Francesco Neri studied with Guido Guidi at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Ravenna. Neri is member and tutor at the AA School of Architecture in London/Photographic Visiting School program and professor for photography at the Institute of Graphic Design in Faenza. He has been working for over ten years on various long-term photographic projects, involving in particular portraits but also landscapes and interiors. His photographs have been presented in several solo and group shows since 2006. Images from the series that earned him the August Sander Award, „Farmers,“ which Neri sees as an ongoing project, were featured at the Fotografia Festival di Roma in 2015, in the group exhibition „With Different Eyes: The Portrait in Contemporary Photography“ at Die Photographische Sammlung/ SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne and the Kunsthalle Nürnberg in 2016, and a group of his works is currently on view at the LVR LandesMuseum Bonn. Various portraits by Francesco Neri are featured in a group exhibition on the history of Italian portrait photography now being shown at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York.

Press images from the winner“s series can be downloaded using the following link: http://bit.ly/2pN0Ra3

With its collection, the scholarly maintenance of its holdings, its research projects, and its exhibitions, all of which center around objective, documentary photography, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur contributes to a wide range of regional, national, and international artistic and cultural offerings.The institution“s collection comprises more than 30,000 works by historical and contemporary photographers of various nationalities. A significant share of these-more than 10,500 negatives and 5,500 original prints-is part of the August Sander Archive, followed by negatives and prints from important series by the artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. These two photographic stances, are since 1992 and 1996, in terms of style and content decisive for the further development of the collection.
There are two to three exhibitions a year, most of them accomponied by publications compiled at Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur. Presentations are organized that are assembled from the institution“s own collection as well as displays of works that enter into a dialogue with it. The exchange with regional, national, and international institutions plays an important role, as evidenced by numerous collaborative exhibition projects and a lively circulation of loans.

Company-Contact
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895300
E-Mail: photographie@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.photographie-sk-kultur.de

Press
SK Stiftung Kultur der Sparkasse KölnBonn
Ralf Convents
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
Phone: +4922188895105
E-Mail: pr@sk-kultur.de
Url: http://www.sk-kultur.de