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Parrotta Contemporary Art - Stuttgart

Parrotta Contemporary Art - Stuttgart

Private Gallery
  Thursday, October 20th, 2011, 7.30 pm

Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Huber, Stuttgart State Acadamy of Art and Design, ABK, talks with Prof. em. Timm Rautert, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, HGB, about his exhibtion »Finite time« (Endliche Zeit) at Parrotta Contemporary Art Gallery in Stuttgart.

The exhibition »Finite time« shows new portraits by Timm Rautert accompanied by a group show curated by Timm Rautert, an exhibition of photographs and portraits that explore the diversity of human relationships and communities with works by Kristleifur Björnsson - Göran Gnaudschun - Bernhard Fuchs - Grit Hachmeister - Frank Höhle - Margret Hoppe - Tobias Zielony.

Dr. Hans Dieter Huber is professor for contemporary art history, aesthetics and art theory at ABK Stuttgart. Both professors know each other out of their shared teaching activity at HGB Leipzig. During this time Hans Dieter Huber got to know also some of Timm Rauterts master students who are participating in this show.

Timm Rautert - "Endliche Zeit"

On the occasion of Timm Rautert's seventieth birthday, Galerie Parrotta Contemporary Art is showing "Endliche Zeit" (Finite time), an exhibition of photographs and portraits that explore the diversity of human relationships and communities.

This is the first time that Timm Rautert is showing a larger selection of photographs from his new series "ANFANG". In two additional rooms of the gallery, Timm Rautert has invited several of his graduate students who also work on human portraits to exhibit their photographic works.

The "ANFANG" series

In 2008, Timm Rautert began work on "ANFANG" (Beginning), a continuing project that focuses on young couples who live with children. The colour photographs consist of separate triptychs of young couples with their child or children in the middle; the camera then moves to the left and right, without leaving its fixed perspective, thus exposing the domestic environment in which the couples live.

Space and time coincide - and in this beginning, order and fragmentation become one.

Fragmented by the three images of the triptych, the spectators' attention is challenged; they become spectators who see themselves, the beginning, yet perhaps also sense the end. However, the photographs are not about the relationships and their end. As in many of his works, Rautert is interested in our constant effort to seek a sense of beginning that is replete with permanence. This stands in opposition to the time, in its finiteness, available to us:

"It floods us. We arrange it. It decays. We arrange it again, and we decay."
R.M. Rilke

Artistic style

Located between applied and art photography, Timm Rautert's work often addresses social themes such as changes in the world of work, the meaning of work or social marginal groups. His photographs do not document a particular moment but rather encourage the observer to reflect and question his own perception. Thus, many of his works are not individual pictures but form series instead - alongside "Deutsche in Uniform" (Germans in uniform), the most renowned being "Gehäuse des Unsichtbaren" (Invisible dwellings) on the third industrial revolution as well as his project "Eigenes Leben - Ausflüge in die unbekannte Gesellschaft, in der wir leben" (A life of one's own - excursions into the society in which we live).

From 2006 to 2008, the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts, the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, the East German Gallery in Regensburg as well as the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn held a comprehensive retrospective of his work.

In 2011 alone, Timm Rautert has already shown the exhibitions "Viel hilft viel" (A lot helps a lot) at the Kunsthaus Essen and "Bilder aus Berechnung" (Calculated images) at the Museum of Photography in Braunschweig.

Short biography

Timm Rautert - born in Tuchel, West Prussia, in 1941 - studied photography under Otto Steinert at the Folkwang School of Design in Essen from 1966 to 1971. From 1970 onwards, he has been involved in photojournalistic as well as art projects. Closely collaborating with the journalist Michael Holzach between 1974 and 1983, he contributed photographs with a fundamentally social-critical theme to ZEITmagazin.
Timm Rautert worked as professor of photography at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig from 1993 to 2008 and, in 2008, was the first photographer to receive the Lovis Corinth Prize for his life's work.

Current publications

"Timm Rautert - New York 1969 - Tokyo …" was recently published by Only Photography. A book of exceptional contrasts, it presents a profound understanding of the history and development of two completely different cultures. Steidl will publish the monograph "No Photography" this autumn. The volume brings together Rautert's photo series on the religious communities of the Amish and Hutterites, which were taken on earlier travels to America and decisively influenced his later work.

"Rautert's precise, critical eye is unmistakable; his photo reportages are highlights that belong to the aesthetic canon of the federal republic ... as a professor, [he has influenced] an entire generation of photographers in Leipzig ..." F.A.Z.

Artist Talk
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
7.30 p.m.

Duration of exhibition
till November, 11th, 2011

Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Galerie Parrotta Contemporary Art
Augustenstr. 87-89
70197 Stuttgart, Germany

T +49 (0)711 6994 7910
F +49 (0)711 6994 7920

Kind regards,
Sandro Parrotta

Artis Talk as pdf-File (images)
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