Following the recent threats from Islamic State militia continue to unfold in Palmyra’s monumental ruins, we would like to share a selection of historic photographs taken by Louis Vignes (1831-1896) on one of the earliest Middle Eastern expeditions to be photographically documented.
To read a recent article published by The Guardian newspaper follow this link.
SONDERAUSSTELLUNG ZUR ERINNERUNG AN MÜNCHENS GESCHICHTE 1923 – 1946
,,In der letzten Ausstellung in den Räumen am Odeonsplatz möchte ich die Präsentation im neu eröffneten Münchener NS-Dokumentationszentrum um eine Nuance ergänzen. Ich verzichte dabei auf moderne Abzüge und großformatige Reproduktionen und zeige einzig und allein Originale der NS-Zeit. Das Original, der Abzug aus der Zeit, ist der unmittelbare Kontakt und als solcher Zeuge und Ankläger. Die Reproduktion dagegen erlaubt ähnlich wie ein Fernsehbild automatisch Distanz.
Es geht auch um meine Vergangenheit. Meine Großeltern und Eltern waren Zeugen und direkt betroffen. Ich bin nur indirekt betroffen. Aber so wie man sich der positiven Leistungen seiner Vorfahren rühmt und sich auf sie bezieht, berühren auch solche negativen Lebensereignisse.
Spätestens seit den zwanziger Jahren wurde in München geplant und vorbereitet, was im Laufe der dann folgenden Jahrzehnte geschah. Ich verstehe nicht den Magnetismus, der die Menschenmassen synchron den Arm heben ließ. Unbegreiflich ist ebenso, dass der Großteil der Bevölkerung zumindest schweigend hinnahm, daß sich in der näheren Umgebung die schrecklichsten Ungeheuerlichkeiten ereigneten. Die Menschen gaben sich zu anfang ahnungslos, was die Vorgänge in den Lagern betraf. Als die Amerikaner und Briten kurz vor Kriegsende die Konzentrationslager öffneten und die Grausamkeiten dokumentierten, führten sie die deutschen Umlandbürger in die Konzentrationslager, direkt an den Leichenbergen vorbei, um sie zum Hinsehen zu zwingen. Diesen Zweck hatten auch zwangsverordnete Kinobesuche, bei denen Dokumentarfilme der Gräuel gezeigt wurden, ebenso wie ›Ausstellungen‹ in Kirchen und Sporthallen mit riesig vergrößerten Fotos aus den KZs.
Die Originale, die in der Galerie ausgestellt werden, sind Zeitzeugen und authentische Dokumente unserer dunkelsten Tage. Die Bilder bewegen mich zutiefst und begleiten mein Denken. Auch sie sind Teil meiner Vergangenheit. Ich möchte sie der Öffentlichkeit nicht vorenthalten.”
- Daniel Blau
Munich: A City of Unrest
A special exhibition dedicated to Munich’s history from 1923-1946
“With the last exhibition at Odeonsplatz 12, I want to add more depth to the presentation in the newly opened NS-Dokumentationszentrum in Munich.
I avoid the modern reproduction or enlargement and show only originals from the 1930s and 40s. The original, the print from the time, is the direct link and as such witness and accuser. A reproduction on the other hand allows for distance just like a TV picture and has a much weaker impact.
This is my past and history as well. My grandparents and parents were witnesses and directly affected. I am only indirectly concerned but in the same way one praises ones ancestors positive achievements, negative acts become motivations as well.
What was happening in Germany in the following years had been planned and prepared in Munich from the 1920s. I do not understand the magnetism, which led to the masses simultaneously raising their arms. Just as incomprehensible is the silent acceptance by the largest part of the population of the most gruesome atrocities being committed nearby. At the end of the war many people pretended to be ignorant of what had happened in the concentration camps. When the American and British forces liberated the camps and documented the cruelties as far as they could, they also made the people of near by villages and cities walk by the bodies and look at them. Forced visits to the movie theaters showing documentaries about the concentration camps and presentations of enlarged photographs in churches and sports halls were also obligatory. The originals exhibited at the gallery are witnesses and authentic documents from our darkest days.
These pictures move me deeply and have become part of my thinking. They are part of our past and I do not want to keep them from the public.”
- Daniel Blau
Daniel Blau is pleased to present vintage NASA photographs from the unmanned Lunar Orbiter V mission in 1967.The unmanned Moon Orbiter missions I-V succeeded in mapping and photographically capturing the entirety of the Moon’s surface, creating an enormous photographic portrait of our closest neighbour in space.
The Orbiter’s integrated laboratory sub-system produced unprecedented high resolution images that remain the first and only of their kind. During the mission Orbiter V produced 633 high resolution and 211 medium resolution frames. The heated and remote-controlled photo booth was customised specifically to portray the Moon.
Though initially designed to select possible landing sites for the later manned Apollo missions, the photographs produced by the Moon Orbiter are unique in their artistic qualities and scientific values. The prints comprise collated filmstrips – highlighting the groundbreaking printing, collaging and stitching techniques explored throughout the 1960s. These photographs were developed and scanned on board the Orbiter before radio signals relayed the data back to the ground control stations on Earth – thus enabling the resulting prints. These stunning black-and-white prints offer uniquely atmospheric views of the Moon’s topography as well as this extraordinary human feat of engineering.
London Photograph Fair: Special Edition held at Two Temple Place, WC2R 3B
Collectors Preview: Saturday 23 May 11am-1pm
Public Opening hours:
Saturday 23 May 1pm – 8pm
Sunday 24 May 10am – 4pm
2 Temple Place is very close to Temple Tube Station, 5 minutes
walk to Somerset House and 15 minutes walk to Tate Modern
Daniel Blau is pleased to present Sofia Valiente, this year’s 1st Prize Winner (Portraits, Stories) of the 58th World Press Photography contest. Miracle Village, first exhibited at Daniel Blau in London, is a provocative exploration into the secluded lives of the socially excluded in a purpose-built community located on the outskirts of a rural town in an impoverished area of Palm Beach County, Florida.
Miracle Village houses sex offenders, who, due to the stringent legislation, are unable to find housing, since the laws ensure them to reside at least 1,000 feet from any place where children congregate. Thanks to Valiente, these outcasts, whose lives are forcibly connected by their offences and shared stigma, have for the first time been given a voice and identity.
The undeniable artistic merits of the Miracle Village project lie not only in the exquisite photographic compositions, but in their candid portrayal of the feared and ostracised. The photographs, which are both captivating and unsettling, are accompanied by equally striking stories in a critically-acclaimed book available at our booth throughout the fair. The limited number of signed copies, first published by the Italian artist residency program Fabrica in 2014, offers insight into offenders’ handwritten testimonies.
Daniel Blau gallery is honoured to welcome Sofia Valiente to our stand for the duration of AIPAD.
Daniel Blau is pleased to present APOLLO 8 x 10, an exhibition showcasing pictures taken on pioneering NASA explorations beyond the earth’s boundaries. These missions remain unrivalled in their ability to extend our understanding of our cosmos and of photography’s artistic and scientific values.
APOLLO 8 x 10 hosts photographs taken on both manned and unmanned NASA missions, presenting an exciting selection of vintage prints from Apollo as well as Viking, Pioneer, Gemini, Skylab and other missions.
To See is to Believe
Centuries of human curiosity, as well as pioneering explorations, have empowered an inherent desire to reach beyond known territories and expand mankind’s vision.
Not only have these photographs provided scientific data, they continue to inform our cultural understanding of the unknown. Much as Galileo Galilei came to observe the unexplored craters of the Moon, the movement of Venus and the orbiting moons of Jupiter – these photographs highlight humankind’s interest in the subliminal experience of life, defying of our seemingly insignificant presence in our vast cosmos.
How can we distinguish the artistic merits between a drawing made by Leonardo da Vinci of a flying machine and the mosaic panoramas of the moon? From cave paintings to Buzz Aldrin’s footprint on the moon’s surface, art declares the power of exploration: ‘We have been here, I am here, I am the first’. It is photography which has enabled humans unparalleled access to observe and record our astonishingly beautiful neighbouring planets.
This exhibition will bring to light, and to earth, longstanding questions of defining a universal art which inherently incorporates technological and scientific development. Our modern world’s increasingly blurred distinctions between scientific investigation and creative expression need not be a troubling juxtaposition, but instead an example of art as a subjective and flexible manifestation of human triumph.
The AIPAD Photography Show New York
Daniel Blau is pleased to present newly discovered photographs by Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) at this year’s AIPAD fair.
Margaret Bourke-White’s extensive and diverse career captured many historic moments. In the male-dominated world of early twentieth century photojournalism, Bourke-White undeniably stands as a pioneer. She was the first female war correspondent, the first woman permitted to work in combat zones, the first woman to fly on a bombing mission during the Second World War and the first Western photographer permitted to document Soviet Industry after the revolution.
The 1930s photographs – exhibited here for the first time in America – explore New York’s most controversial burlesque venues and their dancers, where Bourke-White achieved an unprecedented proximity to her subjects. These photographs show both Bourke-White’s gifted composition as well as her compassion: the warm-tone contact prints reveal a gentler side than is often portrayed through her better-known war photographs.
Her Washington photographs highlight the groundbreaking spirit with which she forged her prolific career. Various political portraits show Franklin D. Roosevelt and members of his cabinet including female Assistant Secretary of Treasury, Josephine Roche, Rexford Tugwell and Harry Hopkins, two of the president’s closest economic advisors. Architectural photographs taken in Washington and New York further underline her compositional virtuosity.
The AIPAD Photography Show, Booth 401
Opening: April 15, 5 – 9 pm
April 16, 11 – 8.30 pm
April 17 & 18, 11 – 7 pm
April 19, 11 – 6 pm
Travel in Photography 1864-1976
We are extremely pleased to invite you to our stand at TEFAF 2015, where we will be exhibiting a selection of 19th and 20th century photographs. After successful exhibitions showcasing works by artists and photographers such as Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White and other ‘photojournalists’ working for LIFE magazine, we would like to, once again, direct our focus to the more distant past.
The two possibly most elaborate and costly photographic expeditions of the 19th century – funded by Honoré d’Albert Duc de Luynes – went to the region surrounding the Dead Sea in 1864 and 1866. It is, therefore, with the utmost pleasure that we present to you two rare and likely unique sets of photographs from these journeys. These comprise: one hundred and one images taken by Louis Vignes (1831-1896), and seventy-three images taken by Henri Sauvaire (1831-1896).
Another dreamy excursion into the past is a complete set of pictures taken by Paul Émile Miot, on Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands, between 1869 and 1870. A stunning collection of NASA views of the Moon, Mars and other cosmic destinations will be the final stop on our photographic tour of places distant in time & space.
A special exhibition at TEFAF, stand 443
Opening: March 12, 2015, 12 – 9 pm
Exhibition: March 13 – 22, 11 – 7 pm
MECC, 6229 GV Maastricht, The Netherlands
Jing Jin City and Miracle Village are new photographic projects by two young contemporary artists, Andi Schmied and Sofia Valiente, which we are thrilled to present concurrently in a unique exhibition in January 2015.
Andi Schmied and Sofia Valiente are both interested in communities and social spaces, but have very individual approaches to documentation and intervention. Andi is concerned with architectural and urban spaces, whereas Sofia’s work depicts human faces and relationships. The artists each spent time living in the places they photographed. These procedural and artistic comparisons are particularly apparent and compelling when the projects are viewed together.
Andi Schmied’s Jing Jin City comprises photographs of Jing Jin, which is situated about an hour’s drive from Beijing. The city is home to a development of 3,000 luxury villas, alongside a Hyatt Regency hotel, golf courses, entertainment complexes and the other usual trappings of a wealthy suburban town. The villas form part of an initiative by the local district government, which envisioned Jing Jin as a “new city” built to embody ideals of environmental sustainability as well as material comfort.
Andi’s project will be presented in dialogue with Sofia Valiente’s Miracle Village. The small community of Miracle Village is located on the outskirts of a rural town in an impoverished area of Palm Beach County, Florida. It is currently home to over 100 sex offenders, who for legislative reasons have been unable to find housing elsewhere. The law obliges offenders to live a minimum distance of at least 1,000 feet from any place where children congregate, such as schools or bus stops. In practice, this is very difficult to comply with, and many of these individuals struggle to find a place to live and to re-establish themselves in society. Miracle Village was developed under Fabrica’s Editorial Area.
This Christmas Daniel Blau Gallerie in Munich is pleased to present a selection of photographs from the gallery’s most important collections.
By setting the scene of variety and juxtaposition as a context, the show culminates in a colourful, affordable and light-hearted exhibition for Christmas.
Works by David Bailey, Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, and Nobuyoshi Araki are featured alongside astonishing US Army, US Airforce, and NASA prints.
Araki to Zangaki contrasts documentary prints with contemporary colour photographs and illustrates the varied forms and practices of photography. The works by Araki and Bailey highlight the diverse way in which one medium of photography can be used. Diversity is a theme throughout resulting in an interesting portrayal of the human landscape in the 20th and 21st Century.
Daniel Blau gallery is delighted to announce two extraordinary collections at Paris Photo 2014.
LIFE + WAR
This exceptional exhibition of 125 vintage prints concentrates on the work of twenty-one LIFE photographers who covered the various campaigns of the Second World War. Included are works by W. Eugene Smith, George Rodger, Robert Capa, Dimitri Kessel, Ralph Morse, and George Silk, among others.
Included in this show are war photographs, rare contact prints, and early works by one of the most celebrated woman photographers of the Twentieth Century. Many of these photographs are being exhibited for the first time since their publication in the 1930s.
Daniel Blau is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Margaret Bourke-White’s work at our London gallery.
Featuring a selection of over sixty vintage photographs, our Bourke-White exhibition presents contrasting facets of the photographer’s work, including incredible images of the Second World War in North Africa and Italy shown alongside previously unseen and lesser-known photographs of burlesque dancers backstage.
Galerie Daniel Blau is delighted to announce the opening of an exhibition of paintings by the German artist, Christa Dichgans. Included will be rare paintings from the 1960s and 70s, many of which are being shown for the first time.
The early paintings were made after the artist studied in Berlin under the painter Fred Thieler. It was after the birth of her son in 1963 that she began to make still-life paintings of toys. She says, “It was like a small-format reality in concentrated form.”
It was during her stay in New York that she started responding to Pop, the new fashion aesthetic. The exhibition will feature Dichgans’s iconic sausage paintings, and the weapon still-life paintings made during her stay in New York, Rome, and Florence.
Dichgans has had several solo exhibitions worldwide including those in Berlin, New York, Buenos Aires, Paris, Venice, Zurich, and Moscow. Following the exhibition at Daniel Blau, a selection of her work will be included in the long-awaited “German Pop” exhibition at Schirn Frankfurt, in November, 2014.
Christa Dichgans was born 1940 in Berlin. She studied from 1960-65 at the Berlin Academy of Arts under Fred Thieler. She received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation in 1966 and moved to New York for a year. Dichgans worked as Georg Baselitz’s assistant from 1984 to 1988. She currently lives and works in Berlin and La Haute Carpénée in southern France.
Daniel Blau is delighted to announce the gallery’s participation at PAD this year.
We will present an exhibition of important Warhol drawings from the 1950s, as well as late paintings.
Discovered in the Warhol estate, the drawings were made at a time when he was resolutely searching for his own voice, and give us a rare insight in to this formative period of his work.
Also included in the exhibition will be two late abstract paintings, as well as a group of the “GE Steak” paintings from the “Ads” series.
Daniel Blau gallery is delighted to announce the opening of the forthcoming exhibition, ‘Other Portraits’; a selection of portraits and self-portraits by twenty-two of some of the most significant and celebrated photographers of the twentieth century.
Included are distinctive photographs by Margaret Bourke-White, Cecil Beaton, Walker Evans, Hugo Adolf Bernatzik, Nobuyoshi Araki, Tina Modotti, Arnold Newman and others. Gandhi, Roosevelt, and Mao Tse Tung are seen alongside portraits of Andy Warhol, Federico Fellini, as well as Nuba tribes people from Sudan.
‘Other Portraits’ represents an ideosyncatic look at portraiture. The photographs range from the subtle and intimate portrait of “Bernice Abbott” by Walker Evans, to the bold, curious images of “Willem de Kooning” by Arnold Newman. The exhibition is an invitation to explore the essence of each, from a reflective Churchill by Larry Burrows, to the steady eyes of Bourke-White’s self-portrait.
A fascinating dialogue exists between the person in front of the camera and the one behind. Not only do we see the subject portrayed in the photograph, but the photographer is revealed too.
Per Kirkeby (*1938) is a Danish painter, sculptor and writer. He is also a geologist and natural scientist. As a student, he conducted geological fieldwork in the glacial northern frontier of Greenland where he studied rock formations and sketched the landscape during his free time. This empirical background has made a profound impact on Kirkeby’s artistic work and his pieces are often informed by his understanding of geological processes.
Kirkeby began creating sculpted plaster forms cast in bronze during the 1980s, mostly working outdoors during the summer on the remote Danish island of Laeso, which was once home to many major nineteenth century Danish landscape painters. Kirkeby’s bronzes appear to be chunks of hardened black lava, etched with seemingly endless valleys and creases. These rare pieces are highly expressive and possess a poetic, dramatic character.
Opening: July 3, 6-8pm
Exhibition: July 4 – September 27, 2014
Please note that the gallery is closed during the month of August