Review

WIM WENDERS
PLACES, STRANGE AND QUIET

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House of Photography 14 April — 5 August 2012

In April this year, the Falckenberg Collection is delighted to present in cooperation with Wenders Images Berlin an exhibition of photographs by the internationally renowned filmmaker and artist Wim Wenders (b. 1945). Bringing together almost 60 images, taken from 1983 to 2011, this show entitled »Places, strange and quiet« will feature many photographs not yet exhibited in Germany including several very recent works.

For »Places, strange and quiet« Wenders has assembled a fascinating series of large-scale photographs taken in countries around the world from Salvador, Brazil; Palermo, Italy; Onomichi, Japan to Berlin, Germany; Brisbane, Australia, Armenia and the United States. From his iconic images of exteriors and buildings to his panoramic depictions of towns and landscapes, the exhibition will present the full range of Wenders’ work, exploring how he created and honed remarkable images that continue to resonate powerfully.

In his own words, »When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wander around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots. I have a huge attraction to places. Already when I look at a map, the names of mountains, villages, rivers, lakes or landscape formations excite me, as long as I don’t know them and have never been there ... I seem to have sharpened my sense of place for things that are out of place. Everybody turns right, because that’s where it’s interesting, I turn left where there is nothing! And sure enough, I soon stand in front of my sort of place. I don’t know, it must be some sort of inbuilt radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange.«

Wim Wenders is a multi-faceted artist: a painter, actor, writer and one of the most successful contemporary filmmakers. He first made his name as a leading director of the New German Cinema in the 1970s, and became a cult figure on the international film scene by the mid 1980s. It was in 1983, while scouting for locations for Paris, Texas (1984) that he began to use photography as an art medium in its own right.

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Places, strange and quiet. Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2011. Gestaltung: Matt Watkins Englisch/Deutsch. 124 Seiten, 37 farbige Abb., 8 Klapptafeln, 17,10 x 20,50 cm,
gebunden mit Schutzumschlag. ISBN 978-3-7757-3148-5, 24,80 EUR