12.09. – 26.10.2023
OPENING: 09.09.2023, 14–18 UHR
On 9th September from 2 to 6 p.m. we will be celebrating the opening of the exhibition »1000 Odysseys« by Winfried Muthesius. In his new photographic series, the artist tackles the globally sensitive issues of flight and expulsion. As in his paintings, he concentrates his focus on what he intends to show in such a way that ambiguity is revealed. In addition to photographs, we will be presenting drawings and paintings from the »broken gold« series (gold leaf on wood, sawed).
On 13 September 2023 at 3 p.m. we invite you to the presentation of the book "1,000 Odysseys" in the exhibition rooms. The publisher of the book, Christhard-Georg Neubert, the chairman of the board of the Christian Art Foundation Wittenberg and the KERBER VERLAG will be available to answer your questions.
»One never knows enough. The known also carries within it the unknown.«
»As if the wanderer on the shores of the Cape Verde Islands had made this sentence of Eduardo Chillida's the focus of his work. Camera and sketchbook always at hand, Winfried Muthesius observes exactly what presents itself to his eyes. He photographs, he draws. In this way he intensifies his sight.
Cape Verde has become worthless; among it are remnants of life jackets, parts of fishing nets, plastic waste of almost every kind and variety - and then also flip-flops. The known carries within it the unknown. Who wore these lightest of all footwear? Why are there comparatively many lying here? "The lost shoes or flip-flops that I found on the beaches of the Cape Verde Islands," says Winfried Muthesius, "are the simplest footwear of poor people. The loss of a shoe usually means that the rest of the way has to be done barefoot. The washed-up flip-flops represent for me a symbol of flight and displacement.« Quote by Christhard-Georg Neubert
About Winfried Muthesius:
Born in Berlin in 1957, lives and works in Berlin, Brandenburg and Cap Verde. Winfried Muthesius studied painting at the HDK (today's UDK) Berlin from 1979 - 1984. Numerous exhibitions followed at home and abroad. The works of Winfried Muthesius are represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.
20.09.2022 – 11.02.2023
GALERIE SPRINGER BERLIN
Verlängert bis zum 11.02.2023
We are delighted to invite you to our group exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of
Galerie Springer Berlin. When we opened the gallery in its current format 10 years ago,
it was founded on Robert Springer’s 20 years’ experience of gallery work stemming from
a long family tradition. The decision to run the gallery with Heide Springer resulted in a
reorientation of the gallery programme towards photography.
Over the past decade, we
are proud to have made an international name for ourselves as a gallery in this diverse
field. And alongside the necessary commercial focus, we have always placed great value
on quality and curatorial concepts, and see our gallery work as a cultural task. Luck has
also played a role in our on-going work in this direction and we are grateful for it.
For example, the area around our traditional location in Berlin-Charlottenburg has again
developed into a much sought-after area for galleries. Important public and private
institutions as well as photography galleries have since taken up residence close by, so
that the area has become an attractive and recognised quarter for all interested parties.
Over the past ten years, we have succeeded in putting on exhibitions with world
renowned photographers, including Edward Burtynsky who we represent exclusively in
Germany, Evelyn Hofer, Ingar Krauss, Saul Leiter, Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler, Joel
Meyerowitz, Loredana Nemes, Arnold Odermatt and Georges Rousse, and we have
enjoyed a successful working relationship with the latter two artists for well over 20
We also present recognised European artists for the first time in Berlin: Catherine Gfeller
and Aitor Ortiz.
And of course our programme includes Berlin-based photographers, covering new
approaches as well as new discoveries, such as Kathrin Linkersdorff who is now active
internationally, Maria Jauregui Ponte, Anna Lehmann-Brauns, Lohner Carlson, Wiebke
Elzel and Jana Müller, Winfried Muthesius, Ashkan Sahihi, Michael Schäfer and Sebastian
Wells, and Jens Liebchen and Peter Klare whose new series were shown in our most
In our anniversary exhibition, we are presenting a special selection of personal
favourites, chosen gems and highlights from the previous decade, and premiering a few
new works by our artists.
30.04. – 29.06.2019
After the first exhibition in 2016, Galerie Springer Berlin is delighted to present two new series by the artist Winfried Muthesius. True to his style, he is again working with a cross-border approach, layering several tiers of painting and photography on top of each other, so that the different image elements become intertwined and create completely new realities in which parts of the photographic element almost completely withdraw or largely recede into the background.
Galerie Springer Berlin is presenting two series in the current exhibition. The first, Genius Loci, which gives the exhibition its name, emerged in Berlin at ‘non-places’, such as former industrial sites on the edge of the Moabit district and around Zoo Station. In complete contrast is the Triomphe series, which originated in Paris at monumental and central locations such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and the Seine, close to the Place Concorde.
In both series’ works, the clichés that we associate with these locations interestingly disappear. The glamour of Paris and the dirt, stench and inhospitality of the ‘Berlin non-places’ merge, creating space for a new quality that can be poetic, violent, destructive and fascinating, and which sometimes comes very close to abstraction.
The exhibition is complemented with some of the artist’s pioneering works: a selection from the golden field (gold leaf on wood) series, a large-format piece from the Schädelbilder (oil paint on wood) series and a short succession of ink drawings from the Stadtlandschaften series.
About Winfried Muthesius:
Born in Berlin in 1957, Muthesius lives and works in Berlin and Drewen, Brandenburg. He studied painting at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin (Hdk) – now the Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) – from 1979–1984. Numerous exhibitions followed at home and abroad. His works are included in numerous private and public collections, for example at the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.
13.12.2016 – 25.02.2017
FIRST CHOICE ll
BURTYNSKY · LEITER · LEHMANN-BRAUNS · MUTHESIUS · ORTIZ · ODERMATT · ROUSSE
In First Choice II zeigt die Galerie Springer Berlin jetzt bisher nicht gezeigte Werke und Werksgruppen einer Auswahl ihrer Künstler. Sieben vertretene Positionen und ganz unterschiedliche Motive und Themen – und dennoch besteht eine sichtbare Korrespondenz innerhalb der gezeigten Werke und Werksgruppen.
07.05. – 30.07.2016
NOLI ME TANGERE
Photographic Works – Opening: 06.05.2016, 18 h / 6 pm
Galerie Springer Berlin presents photographic works by Winfried Muthesius.
rnrn"Winfried Muthesius organises the aesthetic blending of opposites, in the best sense of the word: surface movements in the painterly flow and the depth of the image created by the photographic image.
This triggers a sprawl of overlappings that no brain could possibly plan or imagine. Tiny particles collide in the pictorial spaces. The result is breathtaking and it reveals the most important identity of the artist – that with his work. Various pictorial elements on several layers are interwined. Chance spaces overlap. Muthesius combines image-surfaces and image-segments and applies tension to them until they generate images and eventually become world.
„Winfried Muthesius organises the aesthetic blending of opposites, in the best sense of the word: surface movements in the painterly flow and the depth of the image created by the photographic image. This triggers a sprawl of overlappings that no brain could possibly plan or imagine.
Tiny particles collide in the pictorial spaces. The result is breathtaking and it reveals the most important identity of the artist – that with his work. Various pictorial elements on several layers are interwined. Chance spaces overlap. Muthesius combines image-surfaces and image-segments and applies tension to them until they generate images and eventually become world. Not a beautiful, but an unpredictable world in which, in a matter of seconds, a vineyard can turn into a desert, a sacred space into a dizzying abyss. These pictorial worlds encompass out time.”
This brief and concise description by Christoph Tannert, Artistic Director of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, incorporates the work of Winfried Muthesius particularly well. Christoph Tannert, who has known and supported the artist for many years, will be leading the artist's talk with Winfried Muthesius at the Galerie Springer Berlin on 28.05.2015 at 12 pm.
About Winfried Muthesius:rnBorn in Berlin in 1957, he lives and works in both Berlin and Drewen / Brandenburg. Winfried Muthesius studied painting from 1979–1984 at the HDK Berlin (today the UDK Berlin – Berlin University of the Arts). Numerous exhibitions followed, both in Germany and abroad. The works of Winfried Muthesius are on display in a number of private and public collections, including the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.rn
PHOTOGRAPHS ‚Pittura Oscura‘
NOLI ME TANGERE