until 29.04. | #1940ARTatBerlin | Galerie Wagner + Partner shows since 18th March 2018 the group exhibition “The Duration of the Moment” at the new premises at Koppenplatz in Berlin-Mitte .
Wagner + Partner is pleased to announce the opening of its new premises with the launch of the thematic exhibition, Die Dauer des Moments (The Moment’s Duration). As a crack in time, the “moment”, possesses unique qualities – it is exciting, unbearable, poetic, unpredictable … and? it can also be instantaneously brief.
Since its inception, photography has harnessed not only light but also the technical skills to capture one moment in time. Consequently, the exhibition looks to the 20th-century photographers André Kertész and Berenice Abbott, who address this fact in an exemplary manner with the bygone scenes they once captured from everyday life.
These are complemented by the work of the renowned photographer Erwin Olaf, whose series Waitingaddresses the insufferableness of waiting. Olaf also addresses the tremendous upheaval in Chinese society in his current series, Shanghai, which is exhibited for the first time in Germany.
Magic Feelings (1997) is an unusual series of black and white portraits by the German photographic artist Thomas Wrede, which catch the enraptured, almost indefinable facial expressions of people in the breathtaking moment of the steep descent of a rollercoaster ride.
The photographs in this exhibition celebrate the instantaneous and are juxtaposed by the quietly poetic works of Bertram Hasenauer and Sophia Pompéry. Hasenauer’s portrait paintings hint at the fleeting nature of an encounter, the maybe of a liaison. Sophia Pompéry’s installation, Der Schnee von gestern (Yesterday’s Snow) explores the impossible act of capturing the moment by exhibiting snow from 2006, and in doing so, the work becomes an imaginative play on this parable. Pompéry has a humorous knack of presenting unusual and banal connections in perceptible ways and these surprises are a common element of her practice.
These works can be read as social commentary on our exceedingly digitised and efficient times, which leave less room for the useless, boring or unpredictable. The exhibition marks the beginning of a series of thematic group exhibitions, which will become a focus for Wagner + Partner in the new Mitte location.
Vernissage: Saturday, 17th March 2018, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Sunday, 18th March – Sunday, 29th April 2018
New opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 01:00-06:00 p.m.Zur Galerie Wagner + Partner
Image caption: Erwin Olaf: Shanghai, Hangpu – The Journey, 2018, © Erwin Olaf, courtesy WAGNER + PARTNER
Exhibition The Moment’s Duration – WAGNER + PARTNER | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin | ART@Berlin