Current Exhibition

Michael Wesely

(b. 1963, Munich,Germany)

Michael Wesely lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He is a keeper and a capturer of time. His photography does not aim for the fleeting instant or the dramatisation of the moment but its opposite, for the documentation of continuance layered and condensed into a single image, a collection of moments in motion. Wesely, using extremely long exposure times, stretches the photographic process to the limits of possibility and in so doing, gives us the opportunity of experiencing temporality and transformation in a uniquely compelling way.

Wesely uses special large format cameras to create his photographs, which are concerned with ideas of temporality and ephemera, and present still images that literally embody the passage of time. "Time is the vehicle I use to arrive at images and photos," he has explained. "The extreme length of exposure leads to a shift in perception. It's no longer the motif alone that counts-that is often a more invisible than visible, merely looming presence. But peripheral conditions such as light, movement, and other atmospheric elements emerge differently as focal points." Wesely has received several awards and honors for his work, including a 1995 scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD to produce photographs in the Netherlands, and a scholarship by the Free State of Bavaria for work in the US in 1999. In 2004, he was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York to produce a large-scale project titled the Open Shutter Project and from 2014 - 2017 he worked with the Instituto Moreira Salles in Sao Paulo on the "Camera aberta" project, the new Museum of IMS in Sao Paulo.

EDUCATION
1986Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst, Salzburg, Austria, at Verena von Gagern
1988Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie, Munich
1990Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst, Salzburg, at Dorothee von Windheim and Dieter Appelt
1994Studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, at Heribert Sturm and James Reineking
AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
1995DAAD-scholarship for The Netherlands
Förderpreis der Landeshauptstadt München
1996Work scholarship of Kunstfonds e.V., Bonn, Germany
1999USA-Stipendium (scholarship) des Freistaates Bayern
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021Giverny, Open Shutter: MoMA, The Columns Gallery, Singapore
20201:100 Past and Present Fotografische Sammlung Schloß Kummerow 2019 1:100 Past and
Present Mies van der Rohe Pavillon Barcelona (K/C) 2018 Doubleday Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin
2017Camera Aberta Instituto Moreira Salles, São Paulo Expedição Casa Nova Arte e Cultura
Contemporânea Alegorias Galeria MARSO, Mexico City
2014The epic view Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin (K/C)
An other pencil of nature, part 2 Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin
2013An other pencil of nature NordLB art gallery, Hannover (K/C)
2012Brasília (mit/with Lina Kim) Stadthaus Ulm
Pawlow and Pawlow Pavlovs Dog, Berlin
mortos - vivos Centro Cultural São Paulo
Brasília (mit/with Lina Kim) Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin
2011Archiv Utopia (mit/with Lina Kim) Kunsthalle zu Kiel (K/C) Potsdamer Platz Fahnemann Projects, Berlin
2010Time Works Galerie Fahnemann (K/C) Galeria Oscar Cruz, São Paulo
2009Palast der Republik Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020Through the Lens: Berlin 1945??000, Reinbackhallen Berlin (K/C) 100 Jahre Groß Berlin, Haus am Kleistpark (K/C)
2019No Photos on the Dancefloor C/O Berlin (K/C)
Moderne. Ikonografie. Fotografie. Das Bauhaus und die Folgen Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (K/C)
2018menschenskinder Portraitfotografie aus der Sammlung SpallArt, Städtische Galerie Rosenheim (K/C)
2017The extended Moment Galerie Carlier Gebauer, Berlin
Auf unbekanntem Terrain Sammlung Hurrle, Museum für aktuelle Kunst Frestas ??Triennial of Art SESC, Sorocaba (K/C)
2016Minus Ego Goethe-Institut Barcelona
Gebrochen Deutsch Kunsthalle zu Kiel
Elective Affinities Lettisches Nationales Kunstmuseum, Riga (K/C) EchtZEIT Kunstmuseum Bonn (K/C)
Die Kerze Museum Frieder Burda (K/C)
Getxophoto 2016 Getxo, Spain (K/C)
2015Zeitgeist: the Art of New Berlin CCBB Belo Horizonte & Rio de Janeiro (K/C) Passion ??Fan
behavior and Art Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (K/C) Enlight my Space Kunsthalle Bremen (K/C)
2014Enthüllung und Verzauberung Kunstmuseum Bonn
FUTEBOL / Das Spiel hört erst auf wenn es zu Ende ist. NKV, Wiesbaden How long is now?
Volpinum Wien und Museum für Fotografie Burghausen
2013Arquivo Brasilia (mit/with Lina Kim) X. Architekturbiennale São Paulo Flowers & Mushrooms
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (K/C)
Concrete Fotografie und Architektur Fotomuseum Winterthur (K/C) Ostrale??13, Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden (K/C)
Alles neu! Kunsthalle zu Kiel
2012Arsenale 2012 1st Kiew Bienale, Kiew/Kiev
new media reloaded Galerie von Braunbehrens,
München/Munich lichtempfindlich Sammlung Schaufler, Sindelfingen
Lost Paradise Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar
2011Lichtgefüge Gemäldegalerie Kassel (K/C)
Unscharf Nach Gerhard Richter Kunsthalle Hamburg (K/C) Sprelacart E105 Galerie,Berlin
Off Galería Blanca Soto, Madrid
Entretiempos Centro de Arte La Regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Beyond Architecture The Columns, Seoul
2010Summer Loves Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
Entretiempos Teatro Fernán Gómez (Art Centre), PhotoEspaña2010, Madrid (K/C) Jetzt Die
erzählte Zeit Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt (K/C) Beautiful Flowers in
Photography Alexander Ochs Galleries, Peking/Beijing Time Death & Beauty Moving Gallery, Omaha, NE
2009Everyday Ideologies Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (K/C)
Dasigaehang Incheon Art Platform, Incheon (K/C)
Berlin 89/09 Kunst zwischen Spurensuche und Utopie Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (K/C)
Retratos de Nueva York: Fotografías del MoMA La Casa Encendida, Madrid (K/C) Nature
Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin
Unreal The Columns, Seoul
Ausgewählte Werke Walter Storms Galerie, München/Munich
Video in Foco/Photo in Foco Galeria Baro Cruz, São Paulo
Focus Photographie Galerie & Edition Bode GmbH, Nürnberg/Nuremberg Remain in Light W139, Amsterdam
Selected Artists James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
(K/C) Katalog / Catalogue
LITERATURE
2011Archiv Utopia, Kat.Ausst. Kunsthalle zu Kiel, 2011
2011Unscharf. Nach Gerhard Richter, Ausst. Kat. Hamburger Kunsthalle, hg. von Hubertus Gaßner und Daniel Koep, Ostfildern 2011
2010Michael Wesely. Time works, Text: Jürgen Harten, München 2010
2010Matthias Harder, in: Flower Power, Matthias Harder (Hg.), Köln 2010
2010Time Works, Verlag Schirmer / Mosel
2009H. Stahlhut, Michael Wesely, in: Berlin 89/09. Kunst zwischen Spurensuche und Utopie, Kat.
Ausst. Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, Berlin 2009
2009Michael Wesely. Photographs, Essays von E. Blume, C. Fahnemann, M. Gisbourne, M. Harder, Franz W. Kaiser, Berlin 2009
2007Michael Wesely. Stilleben, Text: Franz Kaiser, Schirmer / Mosel Verlag, München 2007
2006Spectacular City, Kat. Ausst. Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam 2006
2006Die Schönheit der Chance, Kat. Ausst. Institut für Moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, 2006
2005Die Erfindung des Unsichtbaren, Guardini Galerie, Fotohof edition, Fahnemann Projekte
2004Open Shutter Project, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2004Ostdeutschland, Walther König Verlag, Cologne
2003Show up: Camera d?셙rte-ordine del giorno. Michael Wesely, Kat.Ausst, Galica Arte Contemporanea, Mailand 2003
2003Schreiber, Kathinka, Michael Wesely: Kleiner Ausflug, Kat.Ausst, Kunstverein Rosenheim,Rosenheim 2003
2001Photographien Photographs, Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin
2000Christofori, Ralf, Potsdamer Platz, Sammlung DaimlerChrysler, Haus Huth, 2000
2000Friedel, Helmut, American Landscape, Walter Storms Verlag, München 2000
2000Finkeldey, Bernd, Michael Wesely, Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, 2000
1996Michael Wesely. New York 1995. Vertical, Kat. Ausst. Museum voor Fotografie Antwerpen, München 1996
1994H. Gassner, B. Schwenk u.a., Scharf im Schauen. Aktuelle Kunst in München, Ausst.Kat.
Haus der Kunst, München 1994