until 26.10. | #2556ARTatBerlin | ALEXANDER OCHS PRIVATE presents from 14th September 2019 the exhibition BILDER with photographs by the Jazz trumpeter and artist Till Brönner.
Till Brönner, born 1971 in Viersen, is one of the most famous and versatile jazz trumpeters in Europe. The Villa Massimo scholarship holder and professor for jazz and pop at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weberin Dresden released his first album Generations of Jazz at the age of 22 and was already able to win artists like Ray Brown or Frank Chastenier for his production. Further collaborations with jazz greats such as Dave Brubeck or Klaus Doldinger as well as the legendary Hildegard Knef followed.
Influenced by an encounter with the great American jazz photographer William Claxton, Brönner began to photograph and it was obvious to him that he would bring musicians like the South African trumpeter and singer Hugh Masekela in front of the lens of his Leica ‘M’ camera. Thus, in 2009, the first published photograph, a portrait of the anti-apartheid fighter, an open face in which pain and joy mix, and at the same time an approachable image that tells a lot about Brönner, was created in Paris.
As in his music, he always remains a turned ‘counterpart’, the camera seems to give up the distance to the photographed motif and never violates its boundaries.
This applies all the more to the 185 pictures the artist is currently showing in his solo exhibition Melting Pott at the Küppersmühle Museum in Duisburg. For about a year, Brönner exchanged his trumpet with his camera and travelled the Ruhr region. In an interview with Jens Hinrichsen in the monopol, Brönner talks about his work there and quotes the bullshit filter: “They check whether you’re real and up to your ears for good… in the tunnel, an asshole can drag a hundred people to ruin… I don’t want to say that there aren’t any in the Ruhr area – but it’s not worth being an asshole there.”
The first Berlin solo presentation in Alexander Ochs’ Salon-Galerie has the simple title TILL BRÖNNER – BILDER. In addition to portraits of artists and musicians, such as the ‘first picture’ of Masekela described here, architectures and abstract works from the Ruhr area as well as photographs taken during travels in China and the USA are presented.
The selection of works curated between Till Brönner and Alexander Ochs is not dissimilar to a soundtrack and provides an exclusive insight into the now ten-year career of this versatile artist.
As a trumpeter, the artist Till Brönner makes music. As a photographer he takes pictures.
Which you can see and hear.
Vernissage: Saturday, 14 September 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 Uhr (by invitation only)
Exhibition period: Saturday, 14 September – Saturday, 26 October 2019Zu Alexander Ochs Private
Image caption cover: Till Brönner, Hugh Masekela, Paris 2009, © Till Brönner courtesy ALEXANDER OCHS PRIVATE
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