MAN RAY | Retrospective
In cooperation with the Milan Fondazione Giorgio Marconi, for the first time ever DIE GALERIE is dedicating itself to the artistic medium of photography and paying tribute with a retrospective to one of the medium’s most important representatives of the 20th century:
MAN RAY (1890, Philadelphia – 1976, Paris).
Featuring approx. 160 selected works from all the creative periods of the artist, the exhibition spans from early drawings created while still in New York through numerous examples of his famous photographic oeuvre produced as of 1921 while part of the Paris avant-garde – including experimental pieces, artist portraits and his legendary fashion photography – and to individual objects and rare paintings from his later years. In this respect, the exhibition is an expansive tribute to an artist who is still considered not only a decisive pioneer of modern photography, but also one of the most versatile and important personalities of Dadaism and Surrealism.
The works of Man Ray will be introduced by Mrs. Herlinde Koelbl, one of the most renowned contemporary photographers of Germany.
We are looking forward to your visit!
Photo gallery of the exhibition
MAN RAY | Retrospective
2013, Exhibition catalog
DIE GALERIE Frankfurt on the Main
With texts by Janus, Herlinde Koelbel,
Giorgio Marconi and Dr. Ingrid Pfeiffer
About the authors
Giorgio Marconi is the chairman and director of the Fondazione Marconi Arte moderna e contemporanea, a non-profit institution for the promotion and diffusion of contemporary art and culture through exhibitions, publications, cultural events and meetings founded in 2004 in Milan. Previously, in 1965, Marconi founded the Studio Marconi ’65 and he ran it until its closedown in 1992; later he collaborated with his son Giò in managing the Giò Marconi gallery. The Fondazione Marconi holds important collections of artists from the 20th century as Valerio Adami, Enrico Baj, Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana, Richard Hamilton, Man Ray, Louise Nevelson, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Schifano and others. Giorgio Marconi met Man Ray at the beginning of the 1950s, since then he collected his works and was on cordial terms up to the artist’s death.
Janus is a major critic, writer and journalist who curated his first exhibition on Man Ray in 1969 in Turin. Other important exhibitions on the artist followed at, among other places, the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara in 1972, the New York Cultural Center and the Parisian Galerie Iolas in 1974, the Venice Biennale in 1976, the Centre Pompidou in 1981, the Fondazione Mazzotta in 1998, and the Museo d'Arte Moderna in Lugano in 2011. Alongside his numerous publications on Man Ray, Janus has also written about Warhol, Pasolini, Sutherland, Manzù, Kolar, Schifano, Miró, Masson, and others. From 1986-1995 he headed the cultural program of the region of Valle d' Aosta while also active as a columnist and critic for major Italian newspapers and magazines. Like Man Ray, he writes under a pseudonym as a sign that he has devoted his life to art.
Dr. Ingrid Pfeiffer has been a curator at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt since 2001; from 1997 to 2000 she was a research assistant at the Museum Wiesbaden. Her dissertation on the German constructivist Erich Buchholz appeared in 1996. Since then she has written numerous publications on architecture, photography, and art of the 19th to 21st centuries. At the Schirn Kunsthalle she has curated, among others, the exhibitions Shopping – 100 Years of Art and Commerce (2002), Henri Matisse – The Cutouts (2002/3), Julian Schnabel (2004), Yves Klein Retrospective (2004/5), James Ensor (2005/6), A.R. Penck Retrospective (2007), Female Impressionists (2008), E.W. Nay (2009), Moholy-Nagy Retrospective (2009/10), Barbara Kruger – Circus (2010/11), Surreal Things (2011) und Yoko Ono Retrospective (2013).
Herlinde Koelbl is one of the most renowned photographers of Germany. Her extensive work is characterized above all by photographic long-term projects, often supplemented with in-depth interviews. Her works have been included in numerous international exhibitions at galleries and museums and are represented in many important collections. The artist has published over a dozen photo books and has already received several awards for her work. In a review in the daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, the critic Harald Martenstein raved: "Herlinde Koelbl is writing, piece by piece, the chronicle of an era, as did previously the novelists Zola or Balzac, only with a different medium."
Press release to the exhibition
Katharina Rudolph: Im Modernen Licht, das zeitlose Gesicht
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, May 12, 2013
Frankfurter Neue Presse, April 6, 2013 Gabriele Derouiche: Spiele mit Licht und Schatten
Monopol - Magazin für Kunst und Leben, March 11, 2013:
DIE GALERIE ehrt MAN RAY in einer großen Retrospektive in Frankfurt
Kunstmarkt.com, April 2, 2013
Johannes Sander: Man Ray in DIE GALERIE in Frankfurt