The Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung has until now concentrated on the mediums of photography and film. With the exhibition “PATHLOSE WEGE. MALEREI, ZEICHNUNG, FOTOGRAFIE.” (Untrodden Paths. Painting, Drawing, Photography.) by Herta Müller the spectrum of media is being opened up to include painting for the first time, thereby expanding the dialogue with Alfred Ehrhardt’s work. It is a little-known fact that Ehrhardt was a Dessau Bauhaus-influenced painter and art teacher before becoming a photographer and filmmaker following his dismissal by the Nazis from his teaching duties at the Landeskunstschule in Hamburg.
The painter Herta Müller (b. 1955) lives and works in Berlin and near Loro Ciuffena in the Tuscan mountains. Her house is surrounded by nature, whose elements she studies extensively. Fascinated by the hues of the Mediterranean light, she pays special attention to the watery reflections of the Ciuffena, a mountain river.
For her observations, she makes use of countless photographic “notes” taken on location over the years. These do not represent artistic works but are employed by the …
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Image above: Herta Müller, Traum nach dem Sommer, 2015, Oil on canvas, 150 x 160 cm, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2022