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"Ingolf Timpner:  Musee imaginaire"
2006-05-27 until 2006-07-08
Yoshiko Matsumoto Gallery
Amsterdam, , NL Netherlands

Ingolf Timpner‘s photographs combine tradition and contemporary forms. The method of creating photographs and composition to the language of painting reconstruct the images from the past while giving the contemporary theme of portrait and still-life. Timpner’s black-and-white photographs with their rich contracts and to all effects, painterly quality, have a quiet, concentrated way of asserting themselves, which gives them a classical quality and thus one of timelessness. 

The elements of his photography have reference to the paintings by Rembrandt, Matisse and other great painters. Simultaneously, Timpner’s photographs are unmistakably contemporary photography with thorough concepts. In his photograph, sitter poses with objects in hands which associate with sitter. In the intimate linking of the sitter with the objects, the role of both seems transformed. The contrast between animate and inanimate matter focuses the striking effect of the individuals portrayed. Timpner’s work brings together the genres of portraiture and still life into one pictorial entity.

“Timpner deploys the connotation with that architectural setting in two ways. First, the historical environments and the paintings from past eras mark a leap in time and a definite remove from the present in which the viewer is situated; second, the artist integrates a further ‘world of pictures’ into the reality of his photographs. As a system of complex, enmeshed interconnections, meanings and allusions, the picture gallery of Timpner’s works reflects upon the making of pictures – in the sense of paintings, interpretations, visual reproductions, representations, symbols. In Timpner’s photographic works, historical forms and the precision and emotive power of mien and gesture convey an impression of grandeur only to be shattered by the sentimental context of the cuddly toy animals. But, just like the stuffed animals or the skull, these are enigmatic amplifiers of their bearers’ attributes. It is an unmistakable trait of all Timpner’s works that it is only through the photograph that certain characteristics and peculiarities of the sitter are ‘brought to light’.” (Gabriele Wurzel, 2005)

Ingolf Timpner (1963) lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. He has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe. Timpner’s first solo show in a museum context, Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen – ‘anachronistic’ or ‘un seasonable contemplations’ was to be seen at the Kunstverein at Bad Salzdetfurth and at the Museum Bad Arolsen in 2003/4.


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