curated by Janos Frecot

July 4 to September 13, 2015

Opening: Friday, July 3, 2015, 7 pm
Opening remarks: Janos Frecot

With Fritz Brill, Hedwig Bornemann, Arno Schmidt, Rainer König, Amin El Dib, Heidi Specker, Dieter Appelt, Gabriele Kostas, Hanns Zischler, Michael Schmidt, Hans W. Mende, Floris M. Neusüss, Jitka Hanzlová, Loredana Nemes und Nanne Meyer.

The Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung has given guest-curator Janos Frecot carte blanche to present an exhibition on the theme of “Nature” that reflects his particular vision of photography. The exhibition is also his personal gesture of thanks to all those artists whose careers have run parallel to his own and who have became his friends. Many of the works are from his own private collection. 

The title NATURZEICHENZEICHNEN is a word-play based on the word for “signs” and “symbols” and the word for “drawing”. Here Janos Frecot is referring to both the images of Nature themselves and to our recording and re-interpretation of their ever-changing forms. There was a time when one never set out to document one’s surroundings without taking a pencil, a drawing-block and a paint box. Today we take a camera - analogue or digital – and use it in the same way as the pencil to record our world or to generate the image that we have made of it. Expressed in simple terms, this step from recording the world, to encompassing its fragile uniqueness can be summed up as the difference between image and reality.    

The photographers in the exhibition come from a variety of times, places, vocations and areas of activity. Each shows us their vision of Nature in the visual language that they have evolved to present their view of the world and people and things. Most of the artists are something more than just photographers. Fritz Brill, a student of Johannes Itten, became a highly professional experimenter in the fields of photography and film through his intensive training as painter and graphic artist. He worked together with Hedwig Bornemann, his wife and steady hand. The author Arno Schmidt has produced not only grandiose word-pictures, ranging from lyricism to the grotesque, but also pictures of Nature. Their beauty bears witness to the same empathy and command of form as his writing.


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