Solo Exhibition / Book Launch
Opening: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 18-21h
Exhibition: September 11 – December 18, 2015
Curated by Antonio Panetta
Book Presentation: Thursday, November 26, 2015, 19h
Please register at moc.d1580063441rager1580063441noitc1580063441elloc1580063441@ofni1580063441
Contribution to the expenses 5.00 €.
Fridays from 14-18h, and by appointment
The exhibition at Collection Regard shows women’s legs photographed by Manfred Paul between 1986 and 1990. This cycle was created “en passant”, passing by, and almost exclusively in Berlin. The legs present themselves in nylon or naked, standing or elegantly crossed, entirely visible or in graphically appearing details.
These works were never shown before. They will be completed with still life and portrait cycles of Paul, including photographs of Wolfram A. Scheffler and Sascha Anderson.
The exhibition is curated by Antonio Panetta, artistic director of Collection Regard.
The exhibition is accompanied by Manfred Paul’s new book Manfred Paul, En passant: 1986–1990, with an essay by Hubertus von Amelunxen, published by Spector Books Leipzig (German/English).
Extracts of the essay by Hubertus von Amelunxen:
“The women’s legs are what make these images, their beauty and concupiscence. Manfred Paul’s art lies not in merely pursuing voyeurism and making an image of longing, lust or cupidity, but in maintaining a tender distance when looking, viewing.”
“The images have a manifest sensuality, it is there, quietly, unobtrusively, in the images, awakened like a silent longing, or as Kierkegaard puts it with reference to Mozart, the ‘pulse beat of longing’”.
“The format is determined by the women’s legs; spaces plummet, disappear, the legs remain.“
A book presentation in the presence of Manfred Paul, the book’s designers Daniela Haufe and Detlef Fiedler of cyan and Jan Wenzel of Spector Books Leipzig will take place on November 26, 2015, 7 pm at Collection Regard. Please register at *protected email*. Contribution to the expenses 5.00 €.
About the artist
The photography of Manfred Paul engages itself in the existential question of human existence. These are photographs that became allegories to comprehend the decay of all matters as a condition for life.
Born 1942 in Schraplau, living in Berlin. After graduating from high school he worked as a quarry and track worker, followed by a photo laboratory apprenticeship and work as a photolab technician. He later took up work as a stagehand, theater photographer and freelance photo journalist before studying photography at the HGB Leipzig and camerawork at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Potsdam-Babelsberg. He lectured in photography at the FWG Berlin, and was subsequently appointed Professor of Photography and Audiovisual Media at the FHTW Berlin. Teaching contracts at different art academies.
1973–1989 Berlin pictures. Parallel to these, work on the cycles Nature Morte and en passant. Beside this groups of works, the other most important are Lebenszeichen Verena, a portrait series (since 1971), Berlin Nordost (1973–1989), Interieurs (since 1983), Grenzenlose Räume – Bilder über den Abriss der Berliner Mauer (1989/90), Künstlerporträts (1992/2002), Selbstporträts (since 1996), Metamorphosen des Meeres (2002/2008) and Seestücke (2011).
His works are included in numerous national and international collections among others in the photography collection of the Berlinische Galerie, Kuferstich-Kabinett Dresden, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France Paris as well as in private collections in France, Germany and Switzerland.
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