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Gerhard Winkler: Specimen. Photographs and Sculptures

An exhibition of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, in collaboration with the artist | On view: September 3, 2021 – January 16, 2022

Gerhard Winkler: Octopus III, 2019 © Gerhard Winkler, 2021

With the exhibition “Gerhard Winkler: Specimen – Photographs and Sculptures,” Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur is venturing beyond the photographic medium to present an artist who has since the 1980s been congenially combining photography with painting and sculpture.  

Winkler’s work is exclusively figurative, devoted to depicting diverse motifs ranging from human and animal portraiture to still lifes, landscapes, and cityscapes. But his oeuvre also includes more unusual and unconventional subject matter, such as cuts of meat and clumps of earth. While the pictures focusing on individual motifs and still lifes unfurl a catalogue of significant recollections, the landscapes seem to combine elements of nature with urban and artificial aspects. They can be seen as symbolizing the macrocosm from which Winkler draws his down-to-earth and yet inspiring finds, which he regards as emblematic souvenirs. The oeuvre also includes tableaux in various formats, consisting of three or more images. Depending on the objects brought together, they may either display a narrative structure or invite formal comparisons, remaining open for a variety of associations. 

The exhibition “Gerhard Winkler: Specimen” features around 100 analogue hand-colored photographs as well as seven sculptures, which the artist has arranged in an installation that meanders through the exhibition space. 

Gerhard Winkler (b. 1962) studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main from 1983 to 1988, obtained fellowships to work in Marseille and Lisbon, and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, notably at the Galerie Kuckei + Kuckei in Berlin. 

Accompanying publication, German/English: Gerhard Winkler: Fishes and Cephalopods,, featuring a conversation between Gerhard Winkler and Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, ed. Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne: Snoeck, 2021, 144 p., € 39,80

On view at the same time: 

A Look at the Collection: On the 70th anniversary of the DGPh  

An exhibition of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne, tel.: +49 221/888 95 300, email: photographie( at )sk-kultur.dewww.photographie-sk-kultur.de 

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