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Solo Exhibition

»City Moments – Memories of a time when travelling was a breeze«

Bernd Rathjen

Curated by Nadine Barth / barthouse

What is city? How do we perceive urbanity? What role does architecture play in a global world? And what do its images refer to?

The exhibition brings together photographs from 21 cities on 5 continents: Berlin, Brasilia, Christchurch, Honolulu, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Monte Carlo, New York, Paris, Ramallah, San Francisco, Shanghai, Sydney, Tel Aviv and Torino. In quiet, mostly deserted black-and-white shots, striking buildings, towers and signs loom into view, extravagant interiors open up. Rathjen’s view of the facades is neutral, it’s non-judgemental. Rather, he is a collector of these architectures. The iconic designs of modernism, the Bauhaus, but also brutalism are his inspiration. He documents art installations in public spaces, but also scaffolding in front of landmarks. His gaze falls through windows and archways. The composition of his photographs alternates between distance and proximity, between space and detail. Particular attention is paid to automobiles. There are headlights that appear to blink at us, as well as the distinctive Fiat factory sign growing into the sky.

City Moments seeks analogies and differences in the language of form.

It lets supposedly similar things enter into dialogue, finds unusual alliances and presents peculiar views. New perspectives emerge in overlaps, the city views condense into a general feeling of the urban, so that their localization within actual cities is no longer apparent. The photographs of the buildings persist despite the detachment from their actual appearance. In that sense they have the ability to playfully replace the – today all the more so – „arduous“ journey to them. After a time of worldwide lockdown and the impossibility of travel in general, Rathjen’s review of the world of cityscapes conveys an almost nostalgic flair. The concept of the restless traveller has given way to the thoughtful preserver, especially in the face of ongoing climate change. Being on the road today is also an opportunity for pause, a moment of reflection and weighing things. This should include carbon offset, as well as asking oneself whether a particular trip is really necessary.

In this spirit, the artist would like to give something back to the cosmos: 10% of editions print sales go as subsequent compensation to www.atmosfair.de

„Ex IBM Building by Vladimir Ossipoff“, Honolulu 2019 (Format 80 × 60, Edition 10 & 3 AP) © Bernd Rathjen
„Newton 100“, Berlin 2020 (Format 40 × 30cm, Edition 20 & 5 AP) © Bernd Rathjen
„Palacio Itamaraty Foyer“, Brasilia 2016 (Format 80 × 120cm, Edition 10 & 3 AP) © Bernd Rathjen
„Car Wash - View from Ralph’s Rooftop“, New York City 2019 (Format 30 × 30cm, Edition 20 & 5 AP) © Bernd Rathjen
„Allesandersplatz“, Berlin 2021 (Format 90 × 60cm, Edition 10 & 3 AP) © Bernd Rathjen
„Set Up for Disappearing Berlin @ Kotti“, Berlin 2019 (Format 40 × 30cm, Edition 20 & 5 AP) © Bernd Rathjen
„Sydney Opera Roof“, Sydney 2017 (Format 90 × 60cm, Edition 10 & 3 AP) © Bernd Rathjen
„Rick Owens Fashionshow Set Up @ Palais de Tokyo“, Paris 2016 (Format 40 × 60cm, Edition 20 & 5 AP) © Bernd Rathjen
„Lamborghini Countach“, Monte Carlo 2020 (Format 30 × 30cm, Edition 20 & 5 AP) © Bernd Rathjen
„LAPD DTLA“, Los Angeles 2016 (Format 23 × 30cm, Edition 20 & 5 AP) © Bernd Rathjen

Bernd Rathjen, born in Hamburg in 1966, started taking photographs at the age of 12. He worked in the music, TV and event industry for 30 years. A few years ago he began to devote himself more and more to photography. He created a number of series about architecture, cars, art and people. In 2020 his series Tegel Moments was shown with great success at Köppe Contemporary. Bernd Rathjen lives in Berlin and La Palma.

Curator of the exhibition: Nadine Barth / barthouse

Please note that for all visits the 2G rule applies, and wearing an FFP2-mask is required.

Following the exhibition in Berlin, the works will be exhibited at Galerie Safra in Lisboa.

KÖPPE CONTEMPORARY | Bernd Rathjen »City Moments«, installation view, 2021
KÖPPE CONTEMPORARY | Bernd Rathjen »City Moments«, installation view, 2021
KÖPPE CONTEMPORARY | Bernd Rathjen »City Moments«, installation view, 2021
KÖPPE CONTEMPORARY | Bernd Rathjen »City Moments«, installation view, 2021
KÖPPE CONTEMPORARY | Bernd Rathjen »City Moments«, Nadine Barth & Bernd Rathjen, photo © Martin Becker
KÖPPE CONTEMPORARY | Bernd Rathjen »City Moments«, Bernd Rathjen & Nadine Barth, photo © Martin Becker
KÖPPE CONTEMPORARY BERLIN

Dec 7, 2021 — Jan 15, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, Dec 3, 7 – 10 pm (2G rule & FFP2-mask)
+ Opening Weekend: Sat, Dec 4, 2 – 6 pm + Sun, Dec 5, 12 – 4 pm (2G rule & FFP2-mask)
Meet the artist: Wed & Thu, Dec 29 & 30, 2021, 1 – 5 pm

Knausstraße 19, 14193 Berlin
[District: Grunewald | Borough: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf]

Opening hours: Tue – Fri 4 – 7 pm, Sat 11 am – 5 pm, and by appointment: +49 30 82 55 443

Admission free

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