Daniel gustav Cramer
Exhibition : TERRA INCOGNITA Nature is the origin of all life and its presentation appears to be one of the most traditional pictorial genres throughout history: landscape paintings. This exhibition focuses on the current trend among young artists to address the subject of landscape as precise as possible, yet still subjectively.
In terms of historic cartography, Terra Incognita means places that - according to the mapmaker - had not been discovered at that time but were expected to exist. Ever since photography got invented, the 19th century’s explorers and pioneers used this new and convenient medium to "document" formerly undiscovered and exotic areas in realistic form. However, in the first place, the easily reproduced photos served as powerful multiplier of knowledge. It took only seconds to look at them and impart impression...
Landscape without Horizon Near and Far in Contemporary PhotographyCurator: Bettina Paust
Of great interest today, landscape photography is generally characterised by the horizon as an aid to perception. Within the international discourse on contemporary landscape photography, the present exhibition is the first to focus on those artistic visions which, each in its own way, mask and eliminate the horizon as the line separating earth from sky.
The process of perceiving and experiencing land as landscape is a phenomenon that originated in the art of the early modern age. Ever since the Renaissance, Western artists have employed perspective with its prominent horizon as a method to depict the threedimensional world. From the beginning of the twentieth century, however, this pattern of perception and representation has been transcended, as numerous artistic developments show.