DER RAND DER WELT

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN IN DIALOG

EXHIBITION Apr 29 — Sep 1, 2017

SABINE PEUCKERT (*1951)

Ruine Rosenthaler, Berlin-Mitte / Ruin, Rosenthaler, Berlin-Mitte, ca. 1980

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 2009

11,4 x 17 cm

© Sabine Peuckert / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Berlin-Hellersdorf, 1994

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1994

17 x 25,7 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

HELGA PARIS (*1938)

Ohne Titel, aus der Serie 'Halle. Häuser und Gesichter' / Untitled, from the series 'Halle. Houses and Faces', 1983 - 1985

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1983-1985

22,5 x 15,2 cm

© Helga Paris / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Alexanderplatz, Berlin, 1967

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1967

22,2 x 33,2 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Ohne Titel (Fenster, Plattenbau) / Untitled (Window, Prefabricated Building), 1965 - 1970

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1965-70

13,5 x 20,1 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Ohne Titel (Fenster) / Untitled (Window), ca. 1965 - 1975

gelatin silver print, printed 1965-75

16,8 x 25,9 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Marisa und Liane, Sellin, Insel Rügen, 1981

early gelatin silver print

38,1 x 25,5 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Annette und Angela, Lustgarten, Berlin, 1982

gelatin silver print, printed later

42 x 28,1 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Miss Albena, Berlin, 1985

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1985

16,6 x 25,3 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Mitte, Auguststraße, 1967

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 2004

16,9 x 25,1 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Ohne Titel (Fenster) / Untitled (Window), n.d.

gelatin silver print

29,7 x 19,8 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Ohne Titel (Häuser und Park) / Untitled (Houses and Park), n.d.

gelatin silver print

16,4 x 25,2 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Auguststraße, Berlin, 1973

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1973

18,2 x 27 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Palast der Republik, Berlin, 1987

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1987

24,5 x 36,1 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Oderberger Straße, Berlin, 1990

gelatin silver print, printed c. 1990

33,4 x 22,6 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Untitled (Kirsten, Hoppenrade), 1975

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1985

27,3 x 42,4 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Berlin, 1978

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1978

18,4 x 27,3 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ROGER MELIS (1940−2009)

Ackerstrasse, Berlin, 1985

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1985

17,5 x 26,5 cm

© Nachlass Roger Melis / Mathias Bertram / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ROGER MELIS (1940−2009)

Almstadtstraße, Berlin, 1976

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1976

26,3 x 18,1 cm

© Nachlass Roger Melis / Mathias Bertram / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ARNO FISCHER (1927−2011)

Westberlin, 1956

early gelatin silver print

23,2 x 34,9 cm

© Erbengemeinschaft Arno Fischer / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Bernauer Straße, Berlin, 1990

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1990

27,1 x 40,7 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Buchholz, Berlin, 1977 - 1979

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1977-1979

22,6 x 33,8 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, 1968

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1968

27,1 x 40,8 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, 1978

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1978

22,8 x 34 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

UTE MAHLER (*1949)

Berlin, aus der Serie 'Zusammen Leben' / Berlin, from the series 'Living Together', 1984

gelatin silver modern print

22,4 x 34,4 cm

© Ute Mahler / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ARNO FISCHER (1927−2011)

Ostberlin 1952, 1952

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1952

23,7 x 18 cm

© Erbengemeinschaft Arno Fischer / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Schöneweide, Berlin, 1972

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1972

22,8 x 34 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

WERNER MAHLER (*1950)

Ohne Titel, aus der Serie 'Berka' / Untitled, from the series 'Berka', 1977

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1977

20,9 x 30,8 cm

© Werner Mahler / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

URSULA ARNOLD (1929−2012)

S-Bahnhof Plänterwald nach Arbeitsschluß, Berlin, 1965

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1965

38,4 x 35,5 cm

© Ursula Arnold Archiv der Ostdeutschen Sparkassenstiftung im Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

UTE MAHLER (*1949)

Erzgebirge, aus der Serie 'Zusammen Leben' / Erzgebirge, from the series 'Living Together', 1972

gelatin silver print, printed 1990

22,5 x 33,5 cm

© Ute Mahler / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

GUNDULA SCHULZE ELDOWY (*1954)

Der Führer, Berlin (aus der Serie 'Straßenbild') / The Führer, Berlin (from the series 'Straßenbild'), 1987

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1987

18,9 x 28,1 cm

© Gundula Schulze Eldowy

HARALD HAUSWALD (*1954)

1. Mai, Alexanderplatz, 1987

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1987

26,2 x 38,2 cm

© Harald Hauswald / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

GUNDULA SCHULZE ELDOWY (*1954)

Berlin (aus der Serie 'Berlin. In einer Hundenacht) / Berlin (from the series 'Berlin. On a Dog's Night'), 1977

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1977

28,2 x 41 cm

© Gundula Schulze Eldowy

HARALD HAUSWALD (*1954)

U-Bahn Linie A, 1986

gelatin silver print, printed ca. early 1990s

32,4 x 47,9 cm

© Harald Hauswald / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ROGER MELIS (1940−2009)

Dachdecker, Uckermark, 1974

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1974

28 x 20,1 cm

© Nachlaß Roger Melis / Mathias Bertram / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

UTE MAHLER (*1949)

Aue, Zirkus Hein, aus der Serie 'Zusammen Leben' / Aue, Zirkus Hein, from the series 'Living Together', 1973

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1973

18,3 x 27,7 cm

© Ute Mahler / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

EVELYN RICHTER (*1930)

D-Zug Leipzig-Berlin / Express Train Leipzig-Berlin, 1979

gelatin silver print, printed 1991

40,1 x 25,6 cm

© Evelyn Richter Archiv der Ostdeutschen Sparkassenstiftung im Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Katharina Thalbach, Berlin, 1973

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1994

37,1 x 25,1 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ARNO FISCHER (1927−2011)

Westberlin 1956, 1956

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1956

19,2 x 29,9 cm

© Erbengemeinschaft Arno Fischer / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Berlin, DDR / Berlin, GDR, n.d.

gelatin silver print

17 x 25,4 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ROGER MELIS (1940−2009)

Crivitz (Mecklenburg), 1983

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1983

20,2 x 31,5 cm

© Nachlaß Roger Melis / Mathias Bertram / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN (1941−2010)

Berlin-Marzahn, 1979

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1979

22,5 x 34,2 cm

© Nachlass Sibylle Bergemann / OSTKREUZ / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

During Gallery Weekend 2017, Kicken Berlin will show the work of Sibylle Bergemann in dialogue with her Eastern German contemporaries, friends and colleagues, including Ursula Arnold, Arno Fischer, Harald Hauswald, Ute and Werner Mahler, Roger Melis, Helga Paris, Sabine Peuckert, Evelyn Richter and Gundula Schulze Eldowy. The protagonists of this show share an ability to depict people and places with empathy, transcending stereotypical paradigms. Their pictures bear witness to the status quo of the 1970s and 80s in East Germany, and the changes brought on by the post-Wall era. Sibylle Bergemann is one of the most well-known photographers of the former GDR. Her sensitive approach to the realities of Eastern German life and her unmistakable, subjective point of view, which continuously drew new, poetically surreal images from reality, are distinctive in her work. Bergemann learned photography in the mid-60s from Arno Fischer, later to become her husband. She was a consummate master of various genres, from portrait to landscape, fashion shoot to photo reportage. From the 1970s onward, she worked for cultural journals, such as Sonntag, Das Magazin or Sibylle. The urban landscape of Berlin is a central subject in Bergemann’s oeuvre. She took incomparable photographs of both the prestigious objects and central sites of Eastern German urban planning, the plattenbaus and the Palace of the Republic, as well as the Mitte district of Berlin, scarred by the traces of history. Her interest lay in the “Rand der Welt” (“edge of the world”), as she said; in that which is unique, enigmatic and scorns conformity. During the era of reunification, the city borders—the Wall—first demarcating separation and then connection, became a focal point of her attention. The window photographs constitute a unique body of work, and a publication was dedicated to them posthumously in 2011. As pictures within pictures, they are both signs of life and abstract compositions. They bear witness to present and past, diversity and decay. Other protagonists of East German photography fall in line with Bergemann’s subjective world view. Along with Arno Fischer, Ursula Arnold and Evelyn Richter—both roughly a decade older than Sibylle Bergemann—count among the first East German photographers who joined collective memory by opposing the official point of view with their own, socially engaged, personal ones. Arno Fischer created iconic images of the present in East and West Berlin before the Wall was built, and incorporated the history of the city, evident within them, in casual observations. Fischer, Bergemann, Roger Melis and others joined forces in the second half of the 1960s, founding the “Direkt” group in 1969, representing an engaged and independent visual language within art. Harald Hauswald and Ute and Werner Mahler (co-founders of the Agentur Ostkreuz in 1990, like Sibylle Bergemann) also continue this tradition. In their photo reportage and other projects, they convey images of the other, non-official face of East Germany, through observation both participant and precise. People and places are at the core of Helga Paris’ examinations of everyday life in the GDR. Gundula Schulze Eldowy reveals the loneliness and vulnerability, but also dignity and confidence of people living on the margins of society, with brutal candor. The visual artist Sabine Peuckert captured the historical substance of the streets of the Mitte district, featured in parallel in her drawings. The exhibition Der Rand der Welt. Sibylle Bergemann in Dialog is part of a comprehensive retrospective, presented in three locations in cooperation with the Estate of Sibylle Bergemann and Loock Galerie. Starting April 28, color photographs from the 1990s and portraits of women will be on view at Loock Galerie under the title Sibylle Bergemann. Frauen. Und in Farbe. Concurrently the retrospective exhibition Sibylle Bergemann will be on view at the Reinbeckhallen Berlin, from April 29 onward.