Barbara Klemm

28 February — 6 June, 2020

In this exhibition, Barbara Klemm presents photographs in which she directs her attention to sculpture from antiquity to the present. Sculpture and photography thus enter into an exciting dialogue. One focus of the exhibition will be Barbara Klemm's photographs of James Turrell's spectacular land art project Roden Crater, which in turn model light and landscape. What Heinrich Wefing said about these pictures – “they are studies of the elementary principles of all photography, of light and dark, depth and width, of the intensity of light and the density of shadows, nothing but almost abstract compositions” - aptly describes Barbara Klemm's decades of photographic exploration of the medium of sculpture.

Barbara Klemm is considered one of the most important contemporary German photographers. She was born in 1939 in Münster and raised in Karlsruhe. She has worked for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung since 1959 and became the newspaper’s editorial photographer for politics and culture in 1970. Barbara Klemm received numerous awards for her work, including the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize of the German Photographic Society (1989), the Hugo Erfurth Prize of the City of Leverkusen (1989), the Maria Sibylla Merian Prize (1998), the Hessian Cultural Prize (2000) and the Max Beckmann Prize of the City of Frankfurt (2009). Barbara Klemm is so far the only woman to have received the Leica Hall of Fame Award (2012). Since 1992 Barbara Klemm is a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts; in 2010 she was elected as a member of the Order “Pour le Mérite”. Barbara Klemm lives in Frankfurt/Main.