02.05. – 18.07.2015
90th BIRTHDAY – SELECTED WORKS
Photographs 1948 – 2015
Opening: 01.05.2015, 18 Uhr
Masterpieces by Arnold Odermatt on the artist’s 90th birthday
Arnold Odermatt is celebrating his 90th birthday, and Galerie Springer is joining in: For this very special occasion, the gallery will host an exhibition displaying a selection of his masterpiecesIn addition to his well-known jewel, ‘Karambolagen’, the exhibition will feature some of the masterful works from his series ‘In Zivil’ and ‘Im Dienst’. Books of all three series are published by Steidl.
Like many times in the past, Arnold Odermatt surprises the art world again, even at this age: Galerie Springer is proud to present a new, previously unseen series by the artist at the 90th birthday exhibition in Berlin. Odermatt photographed an enormous tree close to his home over several years, always from the same perspective.
For Arnold Odermatt’s birthday on 29 May 2015, we are pleased to invite you to the gallery for an artists’ discussion between Odermatt and Dr. Beate Kemfert, chair and curator of the Opelvillen Rüsselsheim Foundation for Art and Culture, at 7pm. Dr. Kemfert curated the first exhibition Odermatt’s work, ‘Karambolagen’ for the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt Police Headquarters in 1998,
where Harald Szeemann saw Odermatt's photographs for the first time. From this exhibition, a close collaboration developed between Dr. Beate Kemfert, Arnold Odermatt, Urs Odermatt, the son of the artist and publisher of his books, as well as the Galerie Springer.
31.05. – 26.07.2014
1948 – 1995
The Galerie Springer Berlin exhibits previously unseen “Karambolagen” by Arnold Odermatt
The current exhibition at the Galerie Springer Berlin presents the previously unknown work of Arnold Odermatt from the “Karambolage” series. Since his spectacular first solo exhibition at the gallery in 2000, Arnold Odermatt has become one of the outstanding permanent fixtures of the programme at the Galerie Springer Berlin. This will be the sixth solo exhibition of Arnold Odermatt’s work at the Galerie Springer Berlin. The photographs on show, which have never before been exhibited, amaze with their quality and ingenuity, demonstrating the unmistakable mark of the artist in a unique way.
Silke Homann, Editor of the art magazine Monopol, described the work of Odermatt as „accurate compositions of metal, chrome, tyre marks, mountain ranges and clouds”. The Galerie Springer Berlin is pleased to welcome you to the exhibition. Arnold Odermatt, who celebrates his 89th birthday this month, will attend the opening. If you are interested in an interview, please register in good time.
The artist was born in 1925 in Oberdorf, in the Swiss Canton of Nidwalden. He attended the primary and secondary school in Stans and trained as a baker and confectioner. In 1948, Odermatt joined the police force and in 1990 retired with the rank of First Lieutenant, Head of the Traffic Police and Deputy Commander of the Nidwalden police. At the start of his term of service, he asked if he could photograph the numerous accidents that he attended as part of his work.
He developed the negatives at home and used the images to complete his accident reports. Once Odermatt’s photographs had proved to be useful in court, a dark room was set up for him in a small room at the police station. At the start of the 1990s, his son, the film maker Urs Odermatt, was researching for a film when he discovered decades of archived traffic accidents that had happened in the Canton of Nidwalden. Impressed by the quality of the work, he became the editor of all Arnold Odermatt’s books that have been published to date. The books “Karambolage”, “Im Dienst/On Duty” and “In Zivil/Off Duty” were published by Steidl. In 2001, Harald Szeemann exhibited a selection of 32 works by Odermatt at La Biennale in Venice.
Numerous international solo and group exhibitions followed, including solo exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago (2001), Centro Cultural Okendo in San Sebastian (2005) and La Cambre, Stasbourg (2012). The works of Arnold Odermatt currently form part of numerous international collections and are displayed at a number of international museums. The artist lives and works in Stans.
01.10. – 27.11.2010
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