Summer and sea have been forever entwined in both the popular and the creative imagination. While paintings such as Waves Breaking by Monet or Beach Scene by Degas are iconic, there is also a seminal body of photography that explores the innate human connection to water. This summer, the Munich Seaside exhibition unites a sublime collection of images dedicated to the spirit of the sea. The show features some of the most celebrated photographers of the past century including Édouard Boubat, Lee Miller, Erich Hartmann, Philippe Halsman, Erich Lessing, Gundula Friese, Petr Lovigin, Rudi Weissenstein, Tomasz Lazar, David “CHIM” Seymour, Thomas Dworzak, and Patrick Zachmann.
“The sea is profoundly physical yet also truly metaphysical in all that it inspires and evokes,” says °CLAIR Gallery director Anna-Patricia Kahn. “This fusion of the tangible and the abstract is what makes it a perfect subject for photographers and it is why I’ve decided to organize the exhibition in an inland city such as Munich where the sea inhabits the space of ideas.”
°CLAIR Gallery presents Munich Seaside from July 21 to August 31 2016 to at Franz-Joseph-Strasse 10 in Munich. Vernissage the evening of Thursday July 21, 19h30. For more information, contact Anna-Patricia Kahn at email@example.com
The featured image is Remi écoutant la mer by Édouard Boubat, 1995. Copyright Édouard Boubat, courtesy the °CLAIR Gallery. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The °CLAIR Gallery is collaborating on a new monograph that celebrates the legacy of Rudi Weissenstein’s photography. Rudi, A Dreamer – Rediscovering an Archive is being published by Kehrer Verlag and °CLAIR Gallery curator Anna-Patricia Kahn is serving as the book’s principal editor. The book will be published in the autumn of 2016 and you can learn more by visiting the Kehrer website.
Weissenstein (1910–1992) was the most prominent chronicler of everyday life in the young state of Israel and his photographs are essential to understanding the country’s social history. Born in what is today the Czech Republic, Weissenstein studied photography in Vienna and then went on to work as a press photographer. He emigrated to Palestine in 1936 where he met and married Miriam Arnstein (1913–2011). The couple took over management of the Pri-Or PhotoHouse in Tel Aviv in 1940 and developed it into a renowned Israeli cultural institution.
“The gift of Rudi Weissenstein is that he understood how ordinary interludes were essential to the broader arc of history and he was able to render them with beauty,” says °CLAIR Gallery director Anna-Patricia Kahn.
The featured image is The Artist (1962) by Rudi Weissenstein, 1962. Copyright The PhotoHouse Archive, Tel Aviv, Courtesy the °CLAIR Gallery. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at email@example.com
The attempt to understand our identity has preoccupied humankind since time immemorial. Each and every one of us grapples with the issue throughout our lifetime. Nevertheless, none of us can clearly or definitively answer the question: What makes us the person we are today?
The Who Am I? exhibition explores the notion of identity through the work of iconic artists and photographers including Philippe Halsman. The exhibition is curated by Jon Bollmann and Pia Marti and includes artwork, new media, and exhibits from every day life. Along with Halsman, the exhibition features artists such as Selma Alaçam, Candice Breitz, Lewis Davidson, and Oliver Sturm.
Who Am I? runs from May 22, 2016 to September 25, 2016 at the Vögele Kultur Zentrum in Pfäffikon, Switzerland. The Vögele Kultur Zentrum (formerly the Seedamm Kulturzentrum) is a multidisciplinary contemporary art centre that is listed in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National and Regional Significance.
Philippe Halsman was born in Riga, Latvia in 1906. He left engineering school to pursue photography and initially worked in Paris where he photographed such notable figures as André Gide, Marc Chagall, and Le Corbusier. At the outset of World War II, Halsman obtained a visa to America with the help of Albert Einstein and began working in New York City. Over his career, he took portraits of an incredible array of personalities including Einstein, Dali, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Bridgette Bardot, and Winston Churchill. He died in New York City in 1979. The °CLAIR Gallery proudly represents the Halsman Archives and feels privileged to play a role in safeguarding this iconic photographer’s legacy.
The featured image is of Marilyn Monroe and Philippe Halsman by Yvonne Halsman. Vintage print certified by the Halsman estate and the °CLAIR Gallery. Exclusive to the °CLAIR Gallery. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at firstname.lastname@example.org