The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, November 27, 2014


Dresden celebrates the 100th birthday of the epochal photographer, painter and graphic artist Wols
Nicole Bouban, Herbst 1932 - Oktober 1933/Januar 1935-1937. Silbergelatinepapier, Vintage Print, 1937. Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2013.
DRESDEN.- Wols (1913–1951) is a key figure of post-war modernism. However, as this exhibition of his photography demonstrates, there are still aspects of his work which can come as a surprise and which amount to a remarkable discovery. ‘Wols’ Photography: Images Regained’, a retrospective marking the centenary of his birth, is the first exhibition to be devoted to a comprehensive exploration of his photographic work. It runs until 26 August in the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett, and presents around 740 works, including modern prints from original negatives, contact prints and rare vintage prints made by Wols himself. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue look beyond the myths surrounding Wols to focus on his artistic achievements, providing new insights based on recent art-historical reappraisal of works held in the Dresden collection.

In 1932 the artistically ambitious young nonconformist Wolfgang Schulze, alias Wols, left Dresden for Paris, where in 1951, at the age of 38, he was to die. Paris, at that time the undisputed metropolis of modernity and the avant-garde, held a magical attraction for young artists from all over the world intent on establishing themselves as photographers. In the brief period between 1932 and 1939 Wols created an impressive body of photographic work, a medium that he abandoned after 1945, when his attention turned to drawing and painting; after his death, this important aspect of his oeuvre was largely forgotten.

This presentation of Wols’ photography in the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett will later also be shown in Berlin, at the Martin-Gropius-Bau (15 March to 22 June 2014), a venue renowned for important photographic exhibitions, and a further showing in Paris is planned for autumn 2014. This means that this previously little-known, but central, body of work can be explored to an unprecedented extent in places which were of great significance at various stages in the artist’s life. Wols was born in Berlin, and briefly returned there as a young man, drawn to the creative force field of the Bauhaus, by then already in the process of dissolution; it was here that he received what was to be artistically crucial advice to move to Paris. In Dresden, in the intellectual circle of Ida Bienert, he had already become acquainted while still in his teens with facets of international modernism. Paris was where he ultimately achieved artistic fulfilment and recognition.

The exhibition draws on the important resources preserved in the estate of the artist’s sister, Elfriede Schulze-Battmann, now held in the Kupferstich-Kabinett. In addition to correspondence, this archive contains more than 1,000 works, most of which are modern prints made in the 1960s and 1970s, and is the world’s most extensive collection of Wols’ photographic work.

The importance of Wols as a major figure of post-war modernism is underlined in two further exhibitions marking the 100th anniversary of his birth:

Kunsthalle Bremen: ‘Wols: Die Retrospektive’ (‘Wols. The Retrospective’) (13 April – 11 August 2013)

Museum Wiesbaden: ‘Wols: Das große Mysterium’ (‘Wols. The Great Mystery’) (17 October 2013 – 26 January 2014)





Today's News

July 26, 2013

Giant blue cockerel by German artist Katharina Fritsch roosts at Trafalgar Square

One of Anton Raphael Mengs' finest portraits featured in exhibition at the Prado Museum

Fred Astaire's signature tap shoes from 'You'll Never Get Rich' expected to bring $50,000+

Three minutes, pliers all spectacular Dutch art heist suspects needed: prosecutors

Dresden celebrates the 100th birthday of the epochal photographer, painter and graphic artist Wols

The extraordinary jewelry of Alexandre Reza to debut at Sotheby's in November

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen announces acquisition of work by Thomas Huber

Met Museum to inaugurate Global Museum Leaders Colloquium in Spring 2014

The Penn Museum expands digital access to its collections and research projects

Israel Museum in Jerusalem appoints Dr. Noam Gal as new Curator of Photography

Elmgreen & Dragset: From Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth to the Arken Museum in Copenhagen

Bonhams £3.3M sale of Trelissick House contents doubles expectations with 100% sell rate

Dwellings: New works by Christopher Benson, Tom Birkner and Peri Schwartz at Gerald Peters Gallery

Asheville Art Museum celebrates artist and students of Black Mountain College in lasting gifts

The Namaak Collective opens first exhibition in the United States at LAUNCH LA

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts launches new eMuseum

5 international artists exhibit in "Rope Burn: Painting Behind the Velveteen Curtain" at Rod Barton

The Aspen Art Museum opens exhibitions by Lorna Simpson and Hayley Tompkins

Exhibition of new and recent work by Thomas Scheibitz opens at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Yun-Kyung Jeong's second solo show with Sumarria Lunn on view in London

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Greece holds breath as skeleton found in Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis

2.- Spain mourns the death of art collector Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Alba

3.- Meet the ancestors: Exhibition at Bordeaux gallery reveals faces of prehistoric humans

4.- Getty Foundation and partners launch free of charge online art collection catalogues

5.- Historic photos of dead Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara resurface in small Spanish town

6.- Exhibition showcases the first two 'Poesie' created by Titian following their restoration

7.- O'Keeffe painting sells for more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist

8.- Crystal Bridges announces the departure of museum President Don Bacigalupi

9.- artnet Auctions offers a later example of Yayoi Kusama's important Infinity-Nets series

10.- 'Degenerate art' should go back to museums: German advisor Jutta Limbach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site