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"Wim Wenders: Pictures of the Surface of the Earth"
2003-06-25 until 2003-08-31
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Pictures from the Surface of the Earth brings together photographs taken by renowned German artist and film maker Wim Wenders over the past two decades. From Wenders’ first photographic exhibition Written in the West, presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1986, through the Wim Wenders: Photo exhibition, organised by the Goethe Institut and presented worldwide, to more recent images taken in 1998 in Havana while filming Buena Vista Social Club and in Israel in 2000, this exhibition brings the viewer closer to landscapes void of humanity but charged with a powerful notion of the human presence.
Wenders began taking photographs in 1983. From the start, he has brought his unique sensibility to focus on the villages and landscapes of the United States and Havana, the forests and temples of Japan, the coast of Galilee and the endless roads of the deserted outback.
Making a name as a leading director of the New German Cinema in the 1970s, Wim Wenders had, by the mid-1980s, established himself as a cult figure on the international film scene. As a prolific, multi-faceted artist, Wenders channels his creative energy and extraordinary visual sensibility into work in a broad range of media, including watercolours and ink drawings, collage, movies, photography and electronic images.
Lounge Painting #2,
Gila Bend, Arizona 1983
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