PARALLEL GROWING. Karl Blossfeldt and Eva-Maria Schön

Karl Blossfeldt, Kornelle und Ahorn (Cornelian cherry and maple trees), working collage, before 1928

18 gelatin silver prints mounted on cardboard,
50 x 65.5 cm
Photo: Bavarian State Painting Collections,
Nicole Wilhelms
Ann and Jürgen Wilde Foundation,
Bavarian State Painting Collections, Munich


PARALLEL GROWING. Karl Blossfeldt and Eva-Maria Schön

Pinakothek der Moderne | Kunst


Karl Blossfeldt (1865–1932) is considered one of the most important photographers of New Objectivity in the 1920s and 1930s. His photographs of plants document the wealth of shapes found in nature, as barely visible merely with the naked eye. Close-ups and extreme magnification shift the shapes of plants into the sphere of abstraction and make them appear like huge sculptures and architectural forms. The works of the Berlin artist Eva-Maria Schön (* 1948) straddle the fields of painting and photography. In her series ‘Parallel Growing’ Karl Blossfeldt’s photographs of plants form a central reference point for analytical/intuitive pictorial inventions. The exhibition includes works from the series ‘Unschärfe’ (Blurring) and ‘Paralleles Wachstum’ (Parallel Growth) by Eva-Maria Schön in dialogue with a selection of large-format and multipartite collages of works by Karl Blossfeldt.

Under the title Collection+, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungene (Bavarian State Painting Collections) in the Pinakothek der Moderne will be presenting studio exhibitions within the context of the collection. Presentations of new acquisitions, loans and artist rooms reveal the laborious work involved in gathering, maintaining and researching the collections, shining a light on the scholarly investigations into them and their contemporary relevance.