The award ceremony granting Duane Michals the Culture Award will take place at 19:00 on Saturday, October 21, at Mediapark 7 in Cologne. In honour of this event, the Photographic Collection/SK Stiftung Kultur is putting on an exhibition of works by the US American photographer, from October 21 to November 5, 2017.
Still very active today, the artist Duane Michals was born in McKeesport/Pennsylvania in 1932, and has been working with photography since the fifties. Michals chooses different presentation formats for his photography, though the serial narrative moment has central significance. The repeated focus is on the staging and enhancement of impressions of reality, that go beyond a concretely documentary format.
The themes he covers are interpersonal encounters, magic, illusion and time. Michals creativity has extended the photographic field, defining an interdisciplinary, aesthetic style, alongside his artistic, journalistic and documentary perception. He has worked on more than thirty books and hundreds of exhibitions, and has received important awards and recognition.
Among others, the following series from the artist’s different work phases will be on display: The Fallen Angel (1968), Dr. Heisenberg’s Magic Mirror of Uncertainty (1998), and The Theatre of Real Life (2004), as well as more recent still-life motifs taken in the 2000s. The works are on loan from the Clara Maria Sels Gallery, Düsseldorf, KOLUMBA, Cologne, the Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg and the city of Duisburg.
Further information at: $:Die Photographische Sammlung$, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie e.V. and Duane Michals