Wilhelm Schürmann. Fotograf und Sammler

16 Sep 2016 – 22 Oct 2016

Galerie Max Hetzler | Bleibtreustraße

Berlin, Germany


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  • U6 Kochstrasse

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Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to announce an exhibition with photographs by Wilhelm Schürmann in dialogue with works from his collection.


Photography shaped my view on art.
Art shaped my view as a photographer. I take my own images.
The possibility of art and photography in an interplay of diverse ways of thinking
and their potential of change to one's own perception characterise the impulse of our collection.
Reality-saturated, excited, light-footed, alogical, curious, entertaining, uncompromising,
lapidary is the art that moves me, is the image that finds itself.

The public view, the ordinary stage. The interaction of things.
The disturbance in the system. Chance. Blank space.
How is it looking out there. As a photograph? Everything is stuffed here.
Skyline and living room skyline; public space and private view;
Surrounding Suburb Concentration City. Street photography.
Same places, same motifs, same paths, iteration loop.
The same, the same again, again and again, through the forest.
Thicket. Gespinst. Reading Machine for Lenz. Repetition as change.
An artwork as a trigger, new, credible, exemplary. Portbou!
Language, books, images. Re-read, re-peat, re-see. Collection active.

As a photographer I am a collector, anyway. Things are gathering.
Small miniatures of lived life build my archive.
What do I show, What do I keep for myself. What is private? Schürmanns Lichtung.

Vintage prints from the time of their exposure, now time capsule of an historic photograph.
Poetry is what remains. The selection makes the difference.

The photographed image is always already past. The view is presence.
Presence as the space between. Shortlybeforeafter. The images are looking back.
The future has no images yet. Reality and its construction.

It is always the light that makes a motif shine.
The images found me, I never searched for them.
I love this world. Now also in colour.

- Wilhelm Schürmann, August 2016

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