– 6 April 2015
What is photography? This question is currently being explored in an exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. At the centre is avant-garde photography from between 1920 and 1950 and the range it covers between New Objectivity and Surrealism.
In the beginning, photography was used to depict the world as true to nature as possible and to find a more realistic representation than painting was able to do. Later, during the pictorial era of the 19th century, it was elevated to an artistic form of expression. After the First World War, the artists of the New Objectivity movement returned to a non-staged depiction of the world, breaking with the prevailing compositional rules and experimenting with motifs, perspectives, light and shadow. The exhibition goes through the various photographic items, from portraits and nudes to architecture, still-life and Bauhaus photography. Then began the transition to Surrealism which intends to create a second level with the medium of photography that is true to reality and adds a statement to the works that goes beyond the real. The representatives of this movement in Germany, Paris and Czechoslovakia are on show.
Around 200 originals on display in “Real Surreal” are from Dietmar Siegert’s private collection. Public tours are given on Saturdays and Sundays. A catalogue has been published by Wienand Verlag.