• EN COMPAGNIE DE GUY BOURDIN PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE F.C. GUNDLACH COLLECTION NOVEMBER 1, 2013 − JANUARY 26, 2014 AT THE HOUSE OF PHOTOGRAPHY

     

    The comprehensive Guy Bourdin retrospective at the House of Photography will be complemented by a selection of some 40 works from the F.C. Gundlach Collection, which are similar in terms of both subject matter and content to the oeuvre of Guy Bourdin. Curated by Dr. Sabine Schnakenberg, the cabinet exhibition »En compagnie de Guy Bourdin / In the company of Guy Bourdin«, explores three periods of time that have close associations with the work of Bourdin. Accordingly, the works of Man Ray and Edward Weston, who influenced Bourdin’s work but also Dora Maar, Erwin Blumenfeld, Horst P. Horst, George Platt-Lynes and Harry Meerson highlight this topic from a largely historical perspective.

  • At the same time that Bourdin was active as a photographer Helmut Newton, Deborah Turbeville, Chris von Wangenheim, William Klein, not to mention Charles Wilp and Melvin Sokolsky produced fashion shots, which also attest to the inspiring force of the 1960s and 1970s. Finally, contemporary photographers such as David LaChapelle and Tim Walker, but also Ellen von Unwerth, Kristian Schuller, Armin Morbach and Olaf Martens present images, which require an in-depth conscious and unconscious familiarity with Bourdin’s photographs in order to arrive at highly individual and playful extensions of them.

  • CU1 GALLERY MIAMI / SOLO EXHIBITION

  • VANITY FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE F.C. GUNDLACH COLLECTION THE NATIONAL MUSEUM IN KRAKOW MAY 21 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2013

     

    Fashion is a manifestation of ideals of beauty and social change, an expressive play between belonging and distinction, communication and trend. Its only constant factor ispermanent change. Fashion/Photography reflects the changes it creates.

    The “Vanity” exhibition in the National Museum in Krakow, organized within the Krakow Photomonth Festival 2013, presents more than one hundred photographic works from the F.C. Gundlach Collection. The legendary fashion photographer, gallerist, collector and curator Franz Christian Gundlach (*1926) regards fashion photography as the most unequivocal indicator of social context: “Fashion photographs are always interpretations, results from a mise-en-scène. They reflect and visualize today’s zeitgeist and anticipate that of tomorrow.”

  • Dating from the late 1920s to the present, the photographs in the exhibition ”Vanity” confront us with staged images of clothing fashion. Like pearls on a string the exhibition presents paradigmatic positions, which indicate the changes in Fashion/Photography over the decades. The exhibition presents works by very famous artists like Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, Cecil Beaton, Sibylle Bergemann, Erwin Blumenfeld, Guy Bourdin, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Hubs Flöter, Ralph Gibson, F.C. Gundlach, George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst P. Horst, George Hurrell, Indlekofer + Knoepfel, William Klein, Nick Knight, David LaChapelle, Edgar Leciejewski, Zoe Leonard, Leon Levinstein, Peter Lindbergh, Gjon Mili, Sarah Moon, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Regina Relang, Kristian Schuller, Melvin Sokolsky, Deborah Turbeville, Yva, Imre von Santho, Tim Walker, Wols.

  • ACTE2 GALERIE PARIS / SOLO EXHIBITION

  • YOUNG GALLERY BRUSSELS / SOLO EXHIBITION

  • KUNSTHALLE WIEN, VANITY, PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE F.C. GUNDLACH COLLECTION OCTOBER 21, 2011 – FEBRUARY 12, 2012

     

    Fashion is a manifestation of ideals of beauty and social change, an expressive play between belonging and distinction, communication and trend. Its only constant factor is permanent change. In the sphere of beautiful appearances fashion/photography works in a both anticipatory and historicizing way: it reflects the change it creates.The exhibition Vanity presents about two hundred selected works from the F.C. Gundlach Collection (Hamburg), explores the subject of fashion and photography. F.C. Gundlach, who was born in 1926, was a legendary fashion photographer himself who produced 180 covers and 5,500 pages for the editorial section of the magazine Brigitte alone. The gallery owner, collector, curator, and founder regards fashion photography as the most unequivocal indicator of social contexts: “Fashion photographs are always interpretations, results from a miseenscène. They reflect and visualize the day’s zeitgeist and anticipate that of tomorrow.” 

  • Dating from the late 1920s to the present, the photographs shown in the exhibition Vanity confront us with staged images of clothing fashion. Great gestures and glamorous ideals are the concern of artists from George Hoyningen Huene and Irving Penn to Richard Avedon and William Klein. Next to famous photographs for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar by Horst P. Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld, and others, the show centers on pictures of costumes by Cecil Beaton and F.C. Gundlach’s presentations of Pop and Op Art fashion. Taking these approaches as a starting point, the exhibition proceeds to highlight formal aspects of composition tending toward graphic abstraction (Imre von Santho), painting (Sarah Moon and Lillian Bassman), or sculpture (George Hurrell and Regina Relang). Again and again, the visualization of glamour, elegance, and femininity in the form of fashion photographs reveals the influence of contemporary art movements and classicist vocabulary. While dresses are the center of attention in fashion photographs until the 1960s, young photographers such as Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton answer with conceptual strategies of mystification and detached irony from the 1970s on. The most recent works in the exhibition playfully relate to the object character of their subjects, which may have become unwearable like the dress made from stuffed animals Armin Morbach confronts us with, or turn the extravagant rendering of ephemeral clothes into a mannerist postmodern quotation (Kristian Schuller).

  • HOUSE OF PHOTOGRAPHY MOSCOW / COLLECTION F.C. GUNDLACH

  • PHOTO SOIREE HAMBURG / SOLO EXHIBITION