Italy’s first anthological exhibition on one of the most famous artists of the Düsseldorf school, a photographer with a painterly sensibility and the undisputed master of rarefaction in landscapes where art and nature are bound closely together.
The Fondazione Stelline is staging the first major anthological exhibition to be held in Italy, dedicated to one of the famous artists of the Düsseldorf school, who studied under Bernd and Hilla Becher. Born in Stuttgart in 1967, Elger Esser is the youngest member of the renowned German photographic school.
A photographer with incredible painterly sensibility, the undisputed master of rarefaction in landscapes where art and nature are bound closely together, his research has added emotion to the documentary approach of the Bechers’ research, while remaining faithful to the conceptual sense of photography and the value of memory imparted by his illustrious teachers, ever-loyal supporters of his work.
The exhibition “De Sublime” includes 26 works which represent the most important chapters in his whole career: landscapes and views¸ in which light and framing expand the gaze towards the infinite, in an expansion that is both dreamlike and unsettling; his postcards and heliographic photographs, where his use of early 20th century postcards which he then reprocessed, or images made to resemble paintings with the heliographic technique, appear like fragments of collective memories; the series dedicated to the incredible Garden of Ninfa, which reveals itself in Esser’s painterly shots, suspended between micro and macro visions, between blurring and sharpness, harking back to the nineteenth-century tradition of naturalistic painting and archeological landscape painting, with the compositional presence of the ruins; right up to the latest creative process of this great artist. Like a present-day alchemist, he continues his endless research even during post-production, which is carried out strictly by hand, experimenting with prints on copper and silver and the effects of oxidization on various highlights.
The exhibition is curated by Enrica Viganò and Alessandra Klimciuk; produced by the Fondazione Stelline, with the patronage of Regione Lombardia and the Comune di Milano.
ELGER ESSER. DE SUBLIME
Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
The ticket office close one hour earlier
Full: 8 euro; Reduced: 6 euro
Single ticket for Elger Esser + Gian Butturini