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19.04.2012

 

"Places, strange and quiet" by Wim Wenders at the Falckenberg Collection / Deichtorhallen

Photographs by director Wim Wenders will be shown at the Falckenberg Collection / Deichtorhallen in Hamburg-Harburg until the 5th of August 2012. For the 'Places, strange and quiet', Wim created a collection of about 60 large-scale pictures, which – with a few exceptions – are on display for the first time in Germany.

All works were created during his travels and reflect the observations of a curious traveller. Wim's route lead him into the American West, East Germany, Australia, South America, South-East Asia, Armenia, Italy or Japan (and more) and offers some rather unusual insights into places like Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Berlin or Moscow.

“If you tend to be on the road quite a lot”, writes Wenders, “and like to stroll about, just to lose yourself, you will end up in the strangest of places. I think it must be some sort of built-in radar that leads me into regions, which are either eerily quiet or eerie in a quiet way.”

His pictures are all about remarkable locations, which are in the process of vanishing. You can find some of the pictures and the visitors plus shots from the very glamorous opening night right here on GoSee.

The 'Places, strange and quiet' catalogue was published by Hatje Cantz in 2011.

Bio : Wim Wenders is an Academy Awards-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until reunification). At university, Wenders originally studied to become a physician before switching to philosophy and then eventually quite studying all together 1965. Moving to Paris, he intended to become a painter.

He fell in love with the cinema but failed to gain admission to the French national film school. He supported himself as an engraver while attending movie houses. Upon his return to West Germany in 1967, he was employed by United Artists at its Düsseldorf office before he was accepted by the University of Television and Film Munich school for its autumn 1967 semester, where he remained until 1970. While attending film school, he worked as a newspaper film critic. In addition to shorts, he made a feature film as part of his studies, Summer in the City (1970). Wenders gained recognition as part of the German New Wave of the 1970s. Francis Ford Coppola, as producer, gave Wenders the chance to direct in America, but Hammett (1982) (1982) was a critical and commercial flop. However, his American-made Paris, Texas (1984) (1984) received critical acclaim, winning three awards at Cannes, including the Palme d'Or, and Wenders won a BAFTA for best director. Paris, Texas was a prelude to his greatest success, 1987's Wings of Desire (1987), which he made back in Germany. The film brought him the best director award at Cannes and was a solid hit, even spawning an egregious Hollywood remake.

Wenders followed it up with a critical and commercial flop in 1991, Until the End of the World (1991), though Faraway, So Close! (1993) won the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes. Still, his reputation as a feature film director never quite recovered in the United States after the bomb that was Until the End of the World. Since the mid-1990s, Wenders has distinguished himself as a non-fiction filmmaker, directing several highly acclaimed documentaries, most notably Buena Vista Social Club (1999) and Pina (2011), both of which brought him Academy Award nominations.

Places, strange and quiet by Wim Wenders
until the 5th of August 2012
Deichtorhallen Hamburg