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René Groebli

Platin Palladium Prints

Opening on Saturday, August 29th, 2020 at 7 pm.
René Groebli will join his opening, if possible.

Exhibition runs till October 9th, 2020

The exhibition “René Groebli - Platin Palladium Prints” introduces the viewer to the exciting work of Groebli with pictures that were created using the noblest, most stable and most exclusive process. Each enlargement is unique. Such a print loses none of its intensity over time and is not permanently damaged by exposure to light. The shades of gray are many times richer and so fine compared to the silver gelatin prints that even in dark areas you can still see the drawing.

His friend, the well-known Swiss photographer Robert Frank, had a great influence on René Groebli's early photographic work. The subjectivity in Robert Frank's work occupied René Groebli and led him to his own subjective-poetic visual language. Groebli wanted to take pictures of what is not tangible: movement, dynamics and speed - like "Rail Magic", a groundbreaking photo essay that was created in 1949 and which, in an interplay of smoke, smell, landscape, romance and mood, symbolizes the French steam train as a symbol of power and feelings - like in "The Eye of Love", a photographic love poem, a work full of timeless poetry, which was created in 1953. The images captivate with the beauty of the movements, the play with the silhouette, the subdued light, the deep shadows, the contrast between sharpness and blur, the covering and revealing. They live on the suggestion and the association. You can see still lifes, an interior of the hotel room, a look out of the window, even a scene in the neighboring cafe - but the focus is on something that the photographer looks at with the eyes of love: his wife Rita.

The photographer Edward Steichen, then curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, was also impressed by the series "The Eye of Love", which was published in 1954 as a small book in an edition of 1,000. Together with Robert Frank, Edward Steichen came to Zurich in 1953 to research for his large exhibition project "The Family of Man". Steichen visited the then 26-year-old photographer Groebli, whose seated act from the present series he immediately acquired for the renowned photographic collection of the MoMA. He also invited Groebli to participate in the "The Family of Man" exhibition with an image of dancing people.
The perfect mastery of photographic technology, coupled with an enormously strong artistic energy have made René Groebli a true master of photography. He influenced today's photography to create a style.

New books by our artists in the cabinet:

During this exhibition, we present new book releases by our artists, including the Gold (Arno Rafael Minkkinen), Silver (Anna Halm Schudel) and Bronze (Stuart Franklin) awards of the German Photo Book Award 2019/20.
More books by Wendy Paton, Abe Frajndlich, René Groebli, Marc Riboud and others.

New books from René Groebli for signing
(pre-orders requested):

2019 catalog raisonné with over 1000 illustrations, 55 €
2020 The Magic Eye, limited to 800 copies, 200 pages with a representative selection of images from 60 years of photography, English / German, 120 €

Opening times:
Wednesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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