Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: The Painter as Photographer

Salzburg is currently celebrating the distinct work of photographer Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and his contributions to photographic styles in the show The Painter as Photographer at the Museum der Moderne, running through 16 June.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Self-portrait, around 1928 Glass negativ Kirchner Museum Davos Donation Estate Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1992; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Nina Hard at the entrance of the house In den Lärchen, Summer 1921 Glass negativ Kirchner Museum Davos Donation Estate Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1992; Stephan Bösch. Louis de Marsalle, Visite à Davos, 2016 Carbon print Courtesy the artist © Stephan Bösch.

Born in Aschaffenburg, Kirchner grew up in a time and society in which photography was becoming the mainstream medium of reproduction. Kirchner was introduced to photography in 1908, presumably through his friend Emy Frisch, a photographer. He taught Kirchner the photographic technique and handling glass plates. Kirchner would take several portraits and landscapes taken in Dresden, Berlin, and sometimes Fehmarn. When he moved to Davos, Kirchner shifted his style and focus on the theme of rural living. For Kirchner, the camera was both a tool for art and inventory and documenting also his paintings and sculptures.

Exhibition curator and museum director Thorsten Sadowsky further described him:

“Kirchner did not think of his photography as fine art, but he extensively explored the medium’s possibilities. Working with the camera spurred his creative imagination and helped him devise compositional solutions; his art conversely reflects the vision of an inventory of the world in the photographic image.”

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner View south from Kirchner’s summer cabin on the Stafelalp to the Tinzenhorn, around 1919 Glass negativ Kirchner Museum Davos Donation Estate Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1992; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Peasant dance on the upper floor of the house In den Lärchen with a self-portrait left, 1919/20 Glass negativ Kirchner Museum Davos Donation Estate Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1992; Erna Schilling (Kirchner) and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in the studio Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Durlacher Strasse 14, around 1912/14 Glass negativ Kirchner Museum Davos Donation Estate Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1992

Not only that, but Kirchner also used photography as a tool for self-portrayal as a bohemian avant-garde artist. His nervous breakdown during his military service prompted him to journey through German and Swiss sanatoriums, resulting in a number of visuals in his personal archive where Kirchner goes "native" in the Alpine environment.

The exhibition is currently featuring 300 works from the artist, many of them coming from Kirchner's personal archives which would reveal vintage and modern prints and case-bound photo albums of his various artworks and images. Kirchner proves to be one of the artists who used photography to make his work accessible -- making it possible for people to celebrate not only his life as a photographer but also as an artist using several tools of the trade.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Das Soldatenbad (Gordon 434, 1915) Glass negativ Kirchner Museum Davos Donation Estate Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1992; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Elisabeth Hembus as lying nude in the Wildbodenhaus, ca. 1930 Glass negativ Kirchner Museum Davos Donation Estate Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1992; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Margreth, Dorothe and Elsbeth Rüesch in front of the barn next to the Wildbodenhaus, ca. 1925 Glass negativ Kirchner Museum Davos Donation Estate Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1992; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Reiterin, 1931/32 (Horsewoman) Glass negativ Kirchner Museum Davos Donation Estate Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1992; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner The Bildhaueratelier (Sculptor’s studio) next to the Wildbodenhaus (sculptures by Hermann Scherer and one by Kirchner), 1924 Glass negativ Kirchner Museum Davos Donation Estate Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1992

Images are from the press kit. For more details and information about the exhibition, visit the Museum der Moderne's website.

written by cielsan on 2019-04-18 #news #photography-history #ernst-ludwig-kirchner

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