MIXED MEDIA (II)

About Abstraction

EXHIBITION Mar 17 — Apr 22, 2016

TAKASHI KIJIMA (1920−2011)

Hermelin-Falle / Ermine Trap, 1949

gelatin silver print

20,7 x 20,6 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHRISTER STRÖMHOLM (1918−2002)

Switzerland, 1949

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1949

18 x 24,5 cm

© 2016 Christer Strömholm / Strömholm Estate / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

PETER BRÜNING (1929−1970)

Untitled, 1958

india ink on paper

19,9 x 43 cm

© 2011 Nachlass Prof. Peter Brüning, Ratingen; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ARNULF RAINER (*1929)

Übermalte Zentralgestalt, 1965

oil pastel and graphite on lithograph on cotton on canvas

37,5 x 34,5 cm

© 2016 Arnulf Rainer / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

LUCIEN CLERGUE (1934−2014)

Mais - le marais d'Arles, ca. 1960

portfolio of 10 gelatin silver prints, mounted on sheets of paper

from 16,6 x 13 cm to 24,1 x 12,6 cm

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHARLOTTE POSENENSKE (1930−1985)

Spachtelarbeit (nach der Natur) / Palette Knife Work (from Nature), 1958

casein paint on paper

62,4 x 49 cm

© Estate of Charlotte Posenenske / Burkhard Brunn, Frankfurt am Main / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

HEINZ HAJEK-HALKE (1898−1983)

Wind-Rosen, 1956 from the portfolio Heinz Hajek-Halke, 12 Reprints aus den Jahren 1928-58, 1978

gelatin silver print, mounted under mat

34 x 27 cm

© Heinz Hajek-Halke Collection / Agentur Focus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CAROL RAMA (1918−2015)

Ohne Titel / Untitled, 1949-1950

oil on paper

70 x 50 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROMÍR FUNKE (1896−1945)

Z cyklu cas trva, from the Portfolio 'Fotografie 1929-58', 1932

gelatin silver print, printed 1959

29,7 x 23 cm

© Miroslava Rupesová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

VKHUTEMAS WORKSHOPS

Untitled (VKhUTEMAS, IIV-5-28; An exercise on rhythmical frontal composition), 1920s

gelatin silver print, printed 1920s

9,1 x 6,7 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

LÁSZLÓ MOHOLY-NAGY (1895–1946)

Ohne Titel (Kestner-Mappe, Blatt 6) / Untitled (Kestner-Mappe, Plate 6), 1923

colour lithograph on cardboard

61 x 45 cm

© Hattula Moholy-Nagy; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902−1990)

Light well, Prague 1923 / 1924, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

GÜNTER FRUHTRUNK (1923−1982)

Komposition, 1953/54

oil on canvas

98 x 77 cm

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

LOTTE JACOBI (1896–1990)

Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1950

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1960s

35,1 x 26,6 cm

© Lotte Jacobi Collection, University of New Hampshire / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

MAN RAY (1890–1976)

Étude pour l ́Étoile de Mer, 1928

gelatin silver print

25,2 x 19,8 cm

© Man Ray Trust, Paris; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KURT SCHWITTERS (1887–1948)

Normalbühne Merz, ca. 1925 - 1926

gelatin silver print

5,6 x 8 cm

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

GRIT KALLIN-FISCHER (1897–1973)

Untitled (Geometrical Drawing), 1920s

pencil and colored crayon on paper

30,4 x 22,5 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

VKHUTEMAS WORKSHOPS

Untitled (Architectural Study, IV-5-29; An exercise on volumetric composition, study of correlation between mass and weight), 1920s

gelatin silver print

7,5 x 5,6 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAN TSCHICHOLD (1902–1974)

'Laster der Menschheit', Phoebus Palast, München / 'Laster der Menschheit', Phoebus Palace, Munich, 1927

gelatin silver print

16,5 x 11,5 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KILIAN BREIER (1931–2011)

Untitled (Luminogram), 1961

gelatin silver print, mounted on cardboard

24,1 x 23,9 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

IMI KNOEBEL (* 1940)

Weiss-Schwarz 11 Ed., 2009 / 2012

acrylic paint on plastic

47,4 x 65,7 cm

© Imi Knoebel ; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

OTTO STEINERT (1915–1978)

Saarlandschaft / Saar Landscape, 1954

gelatin silver print

29,9 x 38,7 cm

© Estate Otto Steinert, Fotografische Sammlung, Museum Folkwang, Essen / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

HANS UHLMANN (1900–1975)

Ohne Titel / Untitled, 1960

charcoal on paper

62,2 x 87,8 cm

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHRISTER STRÖMHOLM (1918–2002)

Paris, 1949-1950

gelatin silver print

18 x 24,4 cm

© Christer Strömholm / BVS / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

OTTO STEINERT (1915–1978)

Paar diploid (photomontage), 1956

gelatin silver print, negative print

26,3 x 40,1 cm

© Estate Otto Steinert, Fotografische Sammlung, Museum Folkwang, Essen / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ALBERT RENGER-PATZSCH (1897–1966)

Weißbleierz, ca. 1923-29

gelatin silver print

23 x 17 cm

© Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHARLOTTE POSENENSKE (1930–1985)

Spachtelarbeit / Palette Knife Work, ca. 1959

oil on paper

36 x 48 cm

© Estate of Charlotte Posenenske / Burkhard Brunn, Frankfurt am Main / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KAORU OHTO (* 1929)

Untitled (Abstraction), 1950s

gelatin silver print

17,1 x 12,4 cm

© Kaoru Ohto / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

AUGUST SANDER (1876–1964)

Untitled (Hans Walter Reitz, Building Corner of Gleueler Street, Cologne- Lindenthal), ca. 1929-1932

gelatin silver print on postcard stock

12,4 x 8,4 cm

© Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Köln; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KURT SCHWITTERS (1887–1948)

Untitled (Monotype/Material Print), 1920

monotype

31 x 23 cm

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KIYOSHI NIIYAMA (1911–1969)

Morning Glory, 1962

gelatin silver print

29,3 x 20,4 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

HANS UHLMANN (1900–1975)

Fetisch, 1958

blackened steel

46,5 x 33,8 x 36,4 cm

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KIYOSHI NIIYAMA (1911–1969)

Morning Glory, 1962

gelatin silver print

22,5 x 30 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KIYOSHI NIIYAMA (1911–1969)

Morning Glory, 1962

gelatin silver print

20,5 x 29,2 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KIYOSHI NIIYAMA (1911–1969)

Morning Glory, 1962

gelatin silver print

22 x 29,2 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KIYOSHI NIIYAMA (1911–1969)

Morning Glory, 1962

gelatin silver print

21,9 x 29,3 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Telephone Cables, Prague 1923 / 1924, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Cardboard Construction in Light and Shadows, Prague 1924, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Enigmatic Relief in Cardboard, Prague 1923-1925, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Still-Life with Bowl, Prague 1924, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Glass Reflections, Paris 1929-1930, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Radio World, Prague ca. 1924, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

January 25, Prague 1927, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Eiffel Tower, Paris 1929, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

MAN RAY (1890–1976)

Étude pour l ́Étoile de Mer, 1928

gelatin silver print

25,2 x 19,8 cm

© Man Ray Trust, Paris; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KURT SCHWITTERS (1887–1948)

Normalbühne Merz, ca. 1925 - 1926

gelatin silver print

5,6 x 8 cm

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

GRIT KALLIN-FISCHER (1897–1973)

Untitled (Geometrical Drawing), 1920s

pencil and colored crayon on paper

30,4 x 22,5 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

VKHUTEMAS WORKSHOPS

Untitled (Architectural Study, IV-5-29; An exercise on volumetric composition, study of correlation between mass and weight), 1920s

gelatin silver print

7,5 x 5,6 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAN TSCHICHOLD (1902–1974)

'Laster der Menschheit', Phoebus Palast, München / 'Laster der Menschheit', Phoebus Palace, Munich, 1927

gelatin silver print

16,5 x 11,5 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KILIAN BREIER (1931–2011)

Untitled (Luminogram), 1961

gelatin silver print, mounted on cardboard

24,1 x 23,9 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

IMI KNOEBEL (* 1940)

Weiss-Schwarz 11 Ed., 2009 / 2012

acrylic paint on plastic

47,4 x 65,7 cm

© Imi Knoebel ; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

OTTO STEINERT (1915–1978)

Saarlandschaft / Saar Landscape, 1954

gelatin silver print

29,9 x 38,7 cm

© Estate Otto Steinert, Fotografische Sammlung, Museum Folkwang, Essen / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

HANS UHLMANN (1900–1975)

Ohne Titel / Untitled, 1960

charcoal on paper

62,2 x 87,8 cm

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHRISTER STRÖMHOLM (1918–2002)

Paris, 1949-1950

gelatin silver print

18 x 24,4 cm

© Christer Strömholm / BVS / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

OTTO STEINERT (1915–1978)

Paar diploid (photomontage), 1956

gelatin silver print, negative print

26,3 x 40,1 cm

© Estate Otto Steinert, Fotografische Sammlung, Museum Folkwang, Essen / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ALBERT RENGER-PATZSCH (1897–1966)

Weißbleierz, ca. 1923-29

gelatin silver print

23 x 17 cm

© Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHARLOTTE POSENENSKE (1930–1985)

Spachtelarbeit / Palette Knife Work, ca. 1959

oil on paper

36 x 48 cm

© Estate of Charlotte Posenenske / Burkhard Brunn, Frankfurt am Main / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KAORU OHTO (* 1929)

Untitled (Abstraction), 1950s

gelatin silver print

17,1 x 12,4 cm

© Kaoru Ohto / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

AUGUST SANDER (1876–1964)

Untitled (Hans Walter Reitz, Building Corner of Gleueler Street, Cologne- Lindenthal), ca. 1929-1932

gelatin silver print on postcard stock

12,4 x 8,4 cm

© Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Köln; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KURT SCHWITTERS (1887–1948)

Untitled (Monotype/Material Print), 1920

monotype

31 x 23 cm

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KIYOSHI NIIYAMA (1911–1969)

Morning Glory, 1962

gelatin silver print

29,3 x 20,4 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

HANS UHLMANN (1900–1975)

Fetisch, 1958

blackened steel

46,5 x 33,8 x 36,4 cm

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KIYOSHI NIIYAMA (1911–1969)

Morning Glory, 1962

gelatin silver print

22,5 x 30 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KIYOSHI NIIYAMA (1911–1969)

Morning Glory, 1962

gelatin silver print

20,5 x 29,2 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KIYOSHI NIIYAMA (1911–1969)

Morning Glory, 1962

gelatin silver print

22 x 29,2 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

KIYOSHI NIIYAMA (1911–1969)

Morning Glory, 1962

gelatin silver print

21,9 x 29,3 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Telephone Cables, Prague 1923 / 1924, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Cardboard Construction in Light and Shadows, Prague 1924, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Enigmatic Relief in Cardboard, Prague 1923-1925, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Still-Life with Bowl, Prague 1924, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Glass Reflections, Paris 1929-1930, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Radio World, Prague ca. 1924, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

January 25, Prague 1927, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

JAROSLAV RÖSSLER (1902–1990)

Eiffel Tower, Paris 1929, from the Portfolio 'Jaroslav Rössler', 1923-1930 / 1982

10 gelatin silver prints from the original glass plate negatives under supervision of Jaroslav Rössler

24 x 23,5 cm

© Sylva Vítová-Rösslerová / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

The exhibition series Mixed Media, which presents photography in dialogue with other media, continues in a second show, About Abstraction. The exhibit addresses free forms – lines, surfaces, structures – ranging from the 1920s through the 1980s. From constructivism to minimalism, the spectrum includes drawing, graphic works, and sculptural works that correspond with photographic pieces. The complex formal language of the abstract motifs across various media reflects the development of abstract art in the twentieth century and is manifested in two tendencies: in a constructivist, geometric approach on the one hand and in a lyrical, expressive stance, emphasizing materiality and tactility, on the other. Assembled here by these approaches, the groupings serve to continuously spark new and unusual visual conversations.
In his photo-theoretical explanations in subjektive fotografie 2 (1955), Otto Steinert defined the optical-technical abstractions possible in the medium, beyond the mere representation of reality, as the freest form of “absolute photographic creation.” Moving freely from interwar modernism to Steinert and his cohorts and into the present, the exhibition Mixed Media (II): About Abstraction weaves together a dense net of related artistic perspectives. Transcending eras and media, these views represent a central theme in twentieth-century art.
We would like to thank the artists and their estates, Mehdi Chouakri (Berlin), Derda (Berlin), Galerie Fahnemann (Berlin), Galerie Michael Haas (Berlin/Zurich) and Galerie Leu (München) for their kind collaboration.