We are thrilled to be confirmed as exhibitors in the upcoming first edition of PARIS PHOTO NY! Very much looking forward to seeing you there in the first week of April.
Please join us for the opening of “Bertien van Manen | Book Stories” on Friday, January 10 2020, at 7 pm.
Bertien van Manen, an icon of documentary photography, will be honored with an extensive retrospective exhibition in her hometown of Amsterdam at Stedelijk Museum in spring. Coinciding with this large museum show, Robert Morat Gallery is pleased to be able to present a survey show titled “Book Stories” in Berlin.
Throughout her career, renowned Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen (*1942, The Hague) has been known for her publications. Her first two photo books, “One Hundred Summers, One Hundred Winters” (De Verbeelding, Amsterdam, 1994) and “East Wind, West Wind” (De Verbeelding, Amsterdam, 2001), have established her reputation as an artist and uncompromising documentarist; today both are rare, sought-after collectibles on the photobook market. The book project “Give Me Your Image” (Steidl, Göttingen, 2006) led to great international recognition and solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, the Fine Arts Museum in Boston or the Museum Ludwig in Budapest.
Since 2011 van Manen has been publishing exclusively with MACK Books in London. The first book there was titled “Let’s sit down before we go” (Mack Books, London, 2011), followed by “Easter and Oak Trees” (Mack Books, London, 2013), “Moonshine” (Mack Books, London , 2014), “Beyond Maps andAtlases” (Mack Books, London, 2016) and “I will be Wolf” (Mack Books, London, 2017).
The exhibition includes individual images and work contexts from all published series and aims to provide an overview of over 25 years of photographic work and in particular to underline the influential role of Bertien van Manen as a photobook artist.
on Friday, January 10, 7-9 pm
from January 11 to March 7, 2020
We are looking back at a highly successful year for the gallery, both at the art fairs we attented in 2019 (Unseen Amsterdam and PARIS PHOTO) as well as in the Berlin space. We want to thank the collectors and clients who support the gallery, the many visitors who came to see our shows and the artists we repesent for their trust and friendship! Happy holidays and a good start into the new year everyone!
December 22nd to January 9th 2020 the gallery is closed.
Image: Bernhard Fuchs – “Dobring, Winter, 2010, 48 x 37 cm, C-Print”
For all of you who cannot make it to Berlin to see the Lia Darjes exhibition, you can now take a virtual tour of the show with our friends at ARTLAND.
Robert Morat Galerie is very much looking forward to returning to PARIS PHOTO. The fair will be held at Grand Palais, November 7 to 10! We will be exhibiting works by Andrea Grützner (Erbgericht), Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler (Kleinstadt), Peter Puklus (The Hero Mother – How to build a house) and Hans-Christian Schink (Burma). Should you be around, please come by to say hello, we are in our regular spot in booth #A38.
Gallery artist Jessica Backhaus‘ beautiful, new publication “Far away but close” is due out next week with Another Place Press and you can get your signed copy at our booth!
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Lia Darjes | Tempora Morte” on Friday, October 25, at 7 pm.
Asked about the most important influence on her work, Lia Darjes answers: “Visits in the Berlin Gemäldegalerie.” This influence is clearly visible in her new book “Tempora Morte”. The photographic series was created in 2016 in Kaliningrad, Russia, and documents the modest roadside market stands where old women sell the modest harvest from their garden or the nearby forest to supplement their meagre pensions. “In autumn you may find three apples, some raisins and two bulbs of garlic. At other times of the year maybe two jars of homemade strawberry jam and two cabbages or dried fish.”
Theoretically, these images are therefore documentary images, they could also be understood as a reportage on topics such as old-age poverty or micro-economics – but in fact, the subject matter is iconically exaggerated. Through the use of a small flash and the underexposure of the background, Darjes creates still life studies reminiscent of the opulent paintings of old Dutch masters. “I had long been looking for an opportunity to do a contemporary still life project. But I did not want to stage those still lifes in the studio, but find them in the real world, extracting them from reality. I could do just that for Tempora Morte.”
Lia Darjes was born in Berlin in 1984 and grew up in Hamburg. She studied with Prof. Ute Mahler first at HAW in Hamburg and then as a master class student with Prof. Ute Mahler and Ingo Taubhorn at Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. Since 2018 she herself has a teaching position at Ostkreuzschule. Her award-winning work is exhibited internationally. The book to the series “Tempora Morte” was published in the fall of 2019 with a text by Andrei Zavadski at Hartmann Books.
on Friday, October 25, 7-9 pm
from October 26 to December 21, 2019
Robert Morat Galerie is very much looking forward to this year’s edition of UNSEEN, Amsterdam from September 20 – 22! We will be showing new works by Lia Darjes (Tempora Morte), Andrea Grützner (Hive) and Peter Puklus (The Hero Mother – How to build a house). Should you be around, please come by to say hello and see our presentation at booth #20.
The book to Lia Darjes series “Tempora Morte” will be launched in our booth on Saturday, September 21, at 11:30 am. Make sure not to miss the chance to get your signed copy!
For all of you who cannot make it to Berlin to see the John Divola exhibition, you can now take a virtual tour of the show with our friends at ARTLAND.
Robert Morat Galerie is pleased to find Lia Darjes‘ “Tempora Morte” on the cover of Photonews Magazine‘s September issue! We will be showing the work in our booth at UNSEEN, Amsterdam in September and during Lia‘s first solo show at the gallery in Berlin in October! We are very much looking forward to both! The book to the series is published at Hartmann Projects with a text by Andrei Zavadski – it will be launched in our booth during UNSEEN on Saturday, September 21, at 11:30 am. Should you be around, make sure not to miss the chance to get your signed copy!
@lia_darjes @hartmann_projects @unseenplatform @azavadski
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “John Divola | Vandalism” on Friday, September 06, at 7 pm.
In the early 1970s, Californian photographer John Divola was one of the first to question the limits of his medium, exploring concepts of sculpture, installation, performance and intervention in his iconic, formative series “Vandalism” (1973-1975). Robert Morat Gallery is thrilled to be able to show this important body of work in Berlin.
Between 1973 and 1975, the American photographer John Divola – then in his mid twenties and without a studio of his own – travelled across Los Angeles in search of dilapidated properties in which to make photographs. Armed with a camera, spray paint, string and cardboard, the artist would produce one of his most significant photographic projects entitled Vandalism. In this visceral, black and white series of images Divola vandalized vacant homes with abstract constellations of graffiti-like marks, ritualistic configurations of string hooked to pins, and torn arrangements of card, before cataloguing the results. The project vigorously merged the documentary approach with staged interventions echoing performance, sculpture and installation art. Serving as a conceptual sabotaging of the delineations between such documentary and artistic practices, at a time when the ‘truthfulness’ of photography was being called into question, Vandalism helped to establish Divola’s highly distinctive photographic language.
John Divola (American, b. 1949), one of the most distinguished visual artists of his generation, earned a BA from California State University, Northridge (1971) and an MA from University of California, Los Angeles (1973). His images challenge the boundaries between fiction and reality, as well as the limitations of art to describe life. “Vandalism” (1973-1975) is one of Divola’s earliest series, predating “Zuma” (1977), “As Far as I Could Get” (1997) and “Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert” (2004). His work exhibited internationally and found in important public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Getty Museum in LA, the V&A in London or the Whitney Museum in New York.
“Vandalism”, the book accompanying the exhibition was published by MACK Books, London in 2018.
on Friday, September 06, 7-9 pm
from September 07 to October 19, 2019
Robert Morat Galerie wishes everyone a sunny summertime! Please note our special opening hours throughout August: Thu – Sat: 12 – 6 pm. Shane Lavalette’s beautiful solo show of “Still (Noon)” is on display until August 31 – don’t miss it!
Image: Simon Roberts – “English Garden, Munich, Germany, 152 x 115 cm, C-Print, Ed. of 4 + 1 AP”
Robert Morat Galerie is pleased to announce that gallery artist Peter Puklus presents his award winning series “Hero Mother – How to build a House” at Gibellina Photo Road in Sicily! The festival runs through August 31. The gallery will present the work intensively this coming fall with presentations in both our booths at UNSEEN Amsterdam in September and at PARIS PHOTO in November!
You can now take a 3D virtual tour on ARTLAND of our current show “Still (Noon)” by Shane Lavalette!
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Shane Lavalette | Still (Noon)” on Friday, July 12, at 7 pm.
When Swiss Fotostiftung in Winterthur and the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne approached young American photographer Shane Lavalette to contribute work to a group show titled “Unfamiliar Familiarities. Outside Views on Switzerland” in 2016, Lavalette started to research in the Winterthur archives. He came across contact sheets of a reportage by Theo Frey.
Swiss photographer Theo Frey (1908-1997) was a photo journalist and a documentarist. For the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition he visited and systematically photographed in twelve Swiss villages, aiming to tell a story of Switzerland at that moment in time.
“Following the footsteps of Frey’s journey from nearly eighty years earlier, I now traveled to the same twelve villages in order to find new images that explore the fabric of Switzerland today”, explains Shane Lavalette, “guided by chance encounters and my own meditations on the past, present, and future.”
“Within the archive at the Fotostiftung Schweiz, I uncovered unexpected connections between my own images and Frey’s, and was at once confronted with the weight of history. I considered the ways in which Frey’s photographs have different implications now than the day that they were made, and how the meaning of my own images will undoubtedly transform with age as well. Photographs, I realized, are much like mountains. Though we think of images as fixed and still, what we see in them is always shifting, however slowly, with time.”
Shane Lavalette (*1987) is an American photographer, an independent publisher and editor, and the director of Light Work, a nonprofit photography organization based in Syracuse, New York. He holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. In 2016, he published his monograph “One Sun, One Shadow”, exploring the American South, inspired by its rich musical tradition. The book to the series “Still (Noon)” was published in 2018 by Zurich based Edition Patrick Frey.
on Friday, July 12, 7-9 pm
from July 13 to August 31, 2019
Robert Morat Galerie is thrilled to announce Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler’s first major institutional exhibition in the Netherlands to open at Fotomuseum Den Haag on Friday, June 28 at 6.30pm! The exhibition is a cooperation with Deichtorhallen / Haus der Photographie in Hamburg and spans more than 40 years of work, from the beginnings in the former GDR to their most recent, highly acclaimed series “Kleinstadt”. The exhibition will be on display until September 22. Don‘t miss it!
Robert Morat Galerie will present works from “Kleinstadt” later this year at PARIS PHOTO in November!
@fotomuseumdenhaag @deichtorhallenhamburg @parisphotofair @uwmahler @wimvansinderen @ingotaubhorn
Gallery artist Bill Jacobson will have work included in an exciting upcoming group show titled “Don‘t touch my Circles” at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco! The image pictured here is:
Bill Jacobson, #123, 2018, an analog silver gelatin print taken out of his brand new series of out-of-focus landscape photographs. If you are in the Bay Area, don‘t miss this show, it runs from June 29 to August 31! @cclarkgallery @bill_jacobson
On Thursday, June 27 at 7pm, Tobias Kruse will be in conversation with Felix Hoffmann (Curator, C/O Berlin), speaking about his work, his new book (Kerber Verlag) and his current show with us titled “Material”.
The talk will be in German. Due to limited seating, we kindly ask you to register under email@example.com until Tuesday, June 25 at 12 noon.
Andy Sewell will be exhibiting at the Les Rencontres d’Arles this year! His series “Something like a Nest” from 2014 will be part of a group show titled “HOME SWEET HOME 1970–2018: THE BRITISH HOME, A POLITICAL HISTORY” curated by Isabelle Bonnet! Make sure not to miss this one!
Robert Morat Galerie is happy to announce that gallery artist Mårten Lange will be exhibiting at the Les Rencontres d’Arles this year! His series “Chicxulub” from 2016 that we presented at Paris Photo last November will be part of a group show titled “ON EARTH – TECHNOLOGY AND THE NATURAL WORLD” at Les Forges! We are very much looking forward to seeing you there!
Gallery artist Jessica Backhaus opens her solo show of “A Trilogy” at MuttY in Italy! The show was produced in cooperation with our friends at MiCamera, Milan. The vernissage is at MuttY in Castiglione delle Stiviere at 7:30 pm this Friday, May 24. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Robert Morat Galerie is delighted to announce that Tobias Kruse has just been awarded the recommended Olympus Fellowship 2019!
In cooperation with Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF), Olympus created “recommended” in 2017, a fellowship for up-and-coming photographers in the artistic field. The aim is to support the photographers at a crucial juncture in their careers by enabling them to work closely with curators at the three renowned European institutions for photography. The fellowship, which includes a grant as well as advisory support, enables every two years three selected fellows to undertake a dedicated photo project. Each fellow is personally coached by a curator at one of the distinguished photography institutions in conceiving and realising the project. The curators then exhibit the project results in order to draw the attention of the wider audience and the art world to the fellows’ work.
Image: © Olympus / Niklas Nischke
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Tobias Kruse | Material” on Friday, May 10, at 7 pm.
“Material” was published at Kerber Verlag November 2018. The series includes narratives, notes and observations from the past ten years, in which Tobias Kruse has produced images that translate a mood, a sense of life into an authentic visual language. “In recent years, Tobias Kruse has captured the unspeakable moments of life: the shape of an object, the certainty of impending injuries, the birth of children and happiness on their skin,” wrote Laura Benz on the occasion of the book’s publication. “Many call the work a diary, but of course that’s not what it is”, says Tobias Kruse. “It’s miniatures, a condensate.”
Tobias Kruse was born in 1979 in Mecklenburg. He studied photography with Prof. Ute Mahler at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie and attended the masterclass of Prof. Arno Fischer. Since 2011 he is a member of the agency OSTKREUZ. Since 2017 he teaches at the Ostkreuz School of Photography. His works are exhibited and published internationally. Tobias Kruse lives and works in Berlin.
on Friday, May 10, 7-9 pm
from May 11 to June 29, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that we must share the news of the passing of Michael Wolf (1954-2019). It was only in March that we had agreed to be working together in the future and we were enthusiastic about the plans we were making and about what felt like a new friendship! Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family!
Robert Morat Galerie is very much looking forward to seeing you around at this years edition of GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN! Hans-Christian Schink‘s “Hinterland” will be on display and we will work special opening hours: Thursday, April 25, 12-9pm, Friday, April 26, 12-9pm, Saturday and Sunday, April 27/28, 11-7pm. @galleryweekendberlin
Robert Morat Galerie is pleased to share that gallery artist Shane Lavalette has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant! The image (“Saint-Saphorin”, 2016) is taken from the series and publication “Still (Noon)“ published by Edition Patrick Frey. Works from the project will be on view during Shane‘s upcoming gallery show with us in Berlin this summer!
On Saturday May 4 at 7pm FOTOTREFF BERLIN is lining up an interesting program: Gallery artist Jessica Backhaus will be in conversation with curator Matthias Harder – and in a new category of talks titled “Book Slots” Tobias Kruse will speak about his new publication “Material”. The exhibition of this work will open at our gallery just a week after, on Friday May 10 at 7pm!
Image: Jessica Backhaus – “You will see”, 2015, from her latest publication “A Trilogy”
Robert Morat Galerie congratulates gallery artist Ron Jude for being awarded a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship! @ron_jude
Works from Hans-Christian Schink’s beautiful Rome series titled “Aqua Claudia“ will be on view together with older works from his “Traffic Projects“ at Kunstmuseum Heidenheim from Saturday April 6 on. Should you be in the area, an opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5, at 7pm!
You can now take a 3D virtual tour on ARTLAND of our current show “Hinterland” by Hans-Christian Schink!
Gallery artist Peter Bialobrzeski‘s show “Die zweite Heimat” at Haus am Kleistpark in Berlin ends this week! Ingo Taubhorn speaks at the finissage on Sunday, March 31, at 4pm! Looking forward to seeing you there! @bialobrzeski_peter
With his retrospective show of “Life in Cities” now closed at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, gallery artist Michael Wolf is looking back at an extraordinarily successful exhibition, with well over 50.000 visitors and rave reviews. The show in Hamburg may be closed, but should you be in Berlin, make sure to not miss the small, beautiful show of Michael Wolf‘s latest body of work, the “Cheung Chau Sunrises”, at Bildband Berlin on occasion of the publication of the work by Buchkunst Berlin! Please follow the link to check out artbooksonline.eu Instagram post about the publication!
Hans-Christian Schink is the “Artist of the Month” in the March issue of the German language edition of “LE MONDE diplomatique”! Pictured throughout the newspaper are images from his two most recent series “Burma” and “Hinterland”. “Hinterland”, a study of German landscapes, will be our contribution to this year‘s Berlin Gallery Weekend in April. The image above from “Burma” will be part of our presentation at Paris Photo in November!
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Hans-Christian Schink | Hinterland” on Friday, March 22, at 7 pm.
Hans-Christian Schink, born in Erfurt in 1961, studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. He is considered one of the most important representatives of contemporary photography in Germany. His works, mostly landscape studies in the field of tension between nature and civilization, are exhibited internationally and can be found in important public and private collections. With “Hinterland” the gallery presents Schink’s latest body of work.
“Hinterland means the sparsely populated areas off the big cities, in this series especially the remote regions of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,” explains Hans-Christian Schink. “On the other hand, the title Hinterland also refers to the imaginary landscapes that emerge from my memory. Landscapes that I know from my childhood.” And he goes on: “So this series is not about portraying concrete places. My pictures are more the result of a search without a destination.” In his project, Hans-Christian Schink tries to keep a balance of showing the brittle beauty of this form of landscape whilst transporting an atmosphere of melancholy, which stems from the endangerment of this landscape caused by the permanent exploitation of its resources.
on Friday, March 22, 7-9 pm
from March 23 to May 4, 2019
Robert Morat Galerie is thrilled to announce that Michael Wolf has joined the gallery for representation in Germany! Please sign on to our newsletter to stay in the loop for upcoming events.
Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler‘s hugely successful publication of “Kleinstadt”, put out by Hartmann Projetcs, is now available in its second print run! We still have 5 signed copies of the first edition left at the gallery! The exhibition of the beautiful prints from the series is up until March 16! Don‘t miss it! For more info on the show, please click below!
Robert Morat Galerie has now joined ARTLAND. The App allows 3D virtual tours of our exhibitions and provides info about pieces on display. Check it out!
We are kicking off the new year and look forward to seeing you at our first Opening Reception 2019 on Friday, January 18.
Ute & Werner Mahler | Kleinstadt (Small Town)
Ute and Werner Mahler (born 1949 and 1950), were key figures in photography in the former GDR and co-founded the renowned photography agency Ostkreuz after the fall of the Wall. After having pursued successful careers for decades independently, the couple presented their first joint project in 2011, a series of black-and-white portraits titled “Monalisas of the Suburbs”. In 2014, a second joint project followed, “The Strange Days”, a series of large format landscape studies.
Now the couple presents a new joint project and its third joint publication, “Kleinstadt” (Hartmann Projects), an expedition to the German hinterland. A visit to the small German town, which consists of the pictures of many small towns: from Arzberg over Bitterfeld, Hofgeismar, Pasewalk and Zimmern to Waden and Zehdenick. “We have been interested in this topic for a long time, we worked on suburbs and non-exciting places before. We wanted to visit cities that are not in any travel guide and that are too far from the highway for people to pass through,” explains Ute Mahler in an interview with ZEIT Magazin. “These places are biotopes in which life seems manageable. Where there is great community, but also strong social control. Where there are no attractions, the little things become exciting.”
on Friday, January 18, at 7 pm
from January 19 to March 16, 2019
We kindly invite all of our friends to the 27th edition of Fototreff, taking place on Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at 7pm! Gallery artist Peter Bialobrzeski will be the main guest this evening and we highly recommend a short stop at our gallery beforehand to have a closer look at his “City Diaries”. Last chance!
With his current show of “City Diaries” at our Linienstraße space about to come down at the end of next week, gallery artist Peter Bialobrzeski is already in preparations for his next Berlin show! “Die zweite Heimat” will open at Haus am Kleistpark on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7pm!
We are looking back at an extraordinarily successful year for the gallery, both at the art fairs we attented in 2018 (San Francisco, London and Paris) as well as in the Berlin space. We want to thank the collectors and clients who trusted our judgment, the many visitors who came to see our shows for their keen interest and the fabulous group of people who help the gallery in every aspect! Last but not least we thank all artists we repesent for their trust and friendship!
December 23rd to January 3rd 2019 the gallery is closed.
Happy holidays and a good start into the new year everyone!
Image: Ron Jude – “Abandoned Cabin”
Peter Bialobrzeski “Wuhan Diary” – Book Launch & Signing on Saturday, Dec. 15, 3-5pm! Seven books of Bialobrzeski’s long term project of photographic “City Diaries” have already been published by The Velvet Cell. The eighth publication, on the city of Wuhan in China, is now out and will be presented at the gallery. Save the date!
Robert Morat Galerie is pleased to announce that on Friday, Dec. 7 at 10am Goethe-Institut Paris in cooperation with The Eyes Magazine will host an artist talk / exhibition tour / breakfast with Rémi Coignet and Jessica Backhaus on occasion of her current show “Eternity in an Hour” on display at Goethe-Institut Paris until Jan. 8, 2019. Please come by if you are in town!
Robert Morat Galerie is very much looking forward to the opening of a new show at our gallery in Berlin! Peter Bialobrzeski‘s “City Diaries” opens on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7pm. We are looking forward to seeing you!
Robert Morat Galerie is delighted to invite you to Jessica Backhaus’ exhibition titled „Eternity in an Hour“ in Paris!
The exhibition will be shown in cooperation with Goethe-Institute during PARIS PHOTO.
Opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7pm.
17 Rue d’Iéna
Make sure not to miss it!
Robert Morat Galerie gearing up into fair mode and getting ready for PARIS PHOTO! The fair kicks off at Grand Palais in Paris on November 7. You will find us in booth A36, where we will present works by Roger Eberhard, Andrea Grützner, Bill Jacobson, Mårten Lange and Claudius Schulze. Looking forward to seeing you there!