Poetry of Plants – Photographs by Karl Blossfeldt and Jim Dine

Duration of the exhibition: February 22 – July 21, 2019

Karl Blossfeldt: Nieswurz, Christmas rose, Young flower shoot, tenfold magnification, n. d. © Courtesy Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne in cooperation with the collection Karl Blossfeldt of the Universität der Künste, Berlin, Universitätsarchiv, 2019

The works of Karl Blossfeldt (1865–1932) and Jim Dine (b. 1935) provide a compelling springboard for examining this question. Even though the two artists are generations apart and represent very different artistic approaches, their works make it clear that the mystery of nature, its magic as well as its regularity and order, is a never-ending source of creative inspiration. Blossfeldt and Dine are united by their love of nature, their nuanced engagement with their pictorial subjects, and also the painstaking precision of their photographic compositions.

Jim Dine: Entrada Drive, 2001-2003 © Jim Dine, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019; courtesy Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln

Karl Blossfeldt, who is represented in the exhibition by over 70 original photographs made into gelatin silver prints, pursued photography as part of his teaching activities at the Unterrichtsanstalt des Königlichen Kunstgewerbemuseums (Institute of the Royal Arts & Crafts Museum) in Berlin.

The presentation of works by Karl Blossfeldt is based on twenty years of close cooperation between Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur and Berlin University of the Arts, which owns over 600 of Blossfeldt’s original prints along with other material. A large number of these works are on long-term loan to Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, and these are sometimes exchanged with or supplemented by holdings from the university and featured in exhibitions or publications.

Karl Blossfeldt: Pineapple. Fruit spike, n. d. © Courtesy Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, in cooperation with the collection Karl Blossfeldt of the Universität der Künste, Berlin, Universitätsarchiv, 2019

The exhibition “Poetry of Plants” presents Blossfeldt’s works in conjunction with around 40 heliogravures by the American artist Jim Dine. They are larger in size and explore the lyrical aspect of the plant world in a manner that is formally remote from Blossfeldt’s approach and yet still related in some ways.

The presentation Entrada Drive series of heliogravures draws on an extensive collection of approximately 1,500 photographic works that the artist has entrusted to the care of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in 2005. This is the fourth exhibition that the institution has dedicated to the artist.

 

at the same time in room 2 and 3:
Roselyne Titaud – „Géographies des limites humaines“. Photographs

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Köln, +49 221/888 95 300, photographie( at )sk-kultur.de, www.photographie-sk-kultur.de

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Current exhibitions are open daily from 2 to 7pm except Wednesdays.

Due to Carnival the exhibitions will be closed from Thursday, February, 28. until Ash Wednesday, March, 6 (regular closing day). Also closed on Good Friday, April, 19. All other holidays open.

Admission: €5.50 (reduced €3), free the first Monday of the month! Regular guided tours: Every Sunday at 3pm, cost: regular admission + €2 for the tour