Exhibitions and Photographic Collection | Château Kummerow

Exhibitions at Château Kummerow:
Photographic collection and special exhibitions

In the photographic exhibition Château Kummerow, the time reference of the medium of photography meets the careful restoration of the architectural heritage.

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Exhibition of the Photographic Collection

The exhibition of the Photographic Collection at Kummerow Castle opened Pentecost 2016. Since then, it has been part of the renovation concept of the mansion. The general time reference of the medium of photography meets the careful restoration of the historically architectural existence. Thus, the collection does not present itself in the usual white rooms, but is in dialogue with the intentionally preserved traces of the house’s past and its history.

In the collection of the Photographic Collection – Kummerow Castle, there are works of art from the private collection of Torsten Kunert. The lot of work is one of the leading private photographic collections in Germany and will form the basis for permanent and temporary exhibitions at Château Kummerow. The focus of the holdings ranges from the period of the Second World War to the present day and is constantly expanded by new positions of photography. Thanks to a constant purchasing policy, originals from internationally renowned photographers have been added to the collection since the 1990s.

The heart of the iventory are photographs taken by today’s renowned representatives of Eastern photography. They document past and subsequent life worlds of the people in the territory of the former GDR.

A public attraction is the density of large-format works, which, with its more than 3,500 square meters, lends back to the castle its formerly hailed tapestry. An expansion of the exhibition situation with multimedia rooms will enable the presentation of time-based works such as film and video.

The vision for the exhibition follows the collector’s preference for the visual power of large-format works that have grown out of presentation in private rooms. ‘Because the Night’ by Richard Mosse with its over 5 meters, Michael Wesely’s 6 meter space-taking water lily painting, Werner Mahler’s extensive chronology of an high school graduation class since 1977 and Adrian Sauer’s museum painting ‘16,777,216 colours’ with a width of over 4.7 meters form the cornerstones of the exhibition.

The alienated landscape of Mosse comes from the series ‘Infra’ and shows the expansive view into a chain of hills of unreal beauty. We look directly into a Congolese hill chain affected by the civil war, which colours are exchanged from green to pink by the use of an infrared film. If Mosse’s theme is the impossible image of war, we look at Wesely’s water lilies through long exposure at the contemplation itself. Sauer’s hybrid of painting and photography faces Werner Mahler’s study on the same floor as a high school class, whose students have been individually portrayed every five years to continue their personal chronology through the turn to the present.

The traces of the time trials and the time itself are a consistent motif in all the exhibits in the exhibition. The theme of the photographs also touches on the worlds of a contemporary society, which is attached to the mystification of its images. Thomas Demands and Viktoria Binschtok’s handling of the reproduction and repetition of emotional images also stands for this.

Marina Abramovic, Nobuyoshi Araki, Thomas Bangsted, Fiona Banner, Peter Beard, Sybille Bergemann, Viktoria Binschtok, Christian Borchert, Thorsten Brinkmann, Daniele Buetti, Martin Damman, Thomas Demand, Nezaket Ekici, Arno Fischer, Günther Förg, Maike Freess, Andreas Gursky, Harald Hauswald, Candida Höfer, Sabine Hornig, Clemens Krauss, Ute and Werner Mahler, Björn Melhus, Andreas Mühe, Helmut Newton, Tatsumi Orimoto, Helga Paris, Nira Pereg, Bettina Rheims, Thomas Ruff, Sebastiao Salgado, Adrian Sauer, Martin Schöller, Sarah Schönfeld, Gundula Schulze Eldowy, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Wolfgang Tillmans, Miroslav Tichy, Ulay, Mariana Vassileva, Michael Wesely, Siegfried Wittenburg, Miwa Yanagi and many others.

Special exhibitions 2019: photographs, installations and video installations

Uwe Schloen – Hotel Raketa
Permanent exhibition with art installations

Indefinitely since 18 May 2019

The sculptor Uwe Schloen shows his pieces in twelve rooms with over 300 wooden and silicone figures. In the “Hotel Raketa” he presents these sculptures for the first time …

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Past exhibitions this year

Michael Soltau – Touch Down
Video installation

06 September – 31 October 2019

The special exhibition of Michael Soltau will take place from 6 September to 31 October 2019. More information will be available shortly …

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Ulrich Wüst – Lowland

21 June – 25 August 2019

Ulrich Wüst lives in Berlin and Mecklenburg. In May he moves to the countryside and in autumn back to the city and for many years …

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Exhibition Refractive Figures by Boris Duhm 2019

Boris Duhm – Refractive Forms
Photographs and installation

05 April – 10 June 2019

The exhibition mainly shows photographic self-stagings of the artist from the 10’s. Also completely new photo and material collages …

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