On Thursday evening the Galerie OstLicht was not concerned about whether to exhibit in black and white or in colour. René Burri, one of the most significant photographers in the world, had come to Vienna for the opening of his exhibition, ensuring that a mass of people showed up. In addition to Burri's legendary black and white portraits of the likes of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Le Corbusier, RENÉ BURRI. DOPPELLEBEN presents many of his rarely seen colour photographs.
At the vernissage Réne Burri addressed a particularly happy moment. OstLicht owner Peter Coeln was delighted when his friend Burri handed him the Leica with which he took the iconic picture of "Che", in Cuba back in 1963. This Leica will be offered as a high-light at a special auction on May 23, 2014, celebrating the occasion of Leica's 100 year jubilee and the opening of the Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany.
In his speech, curator, publicist and Burri specialist Hans-Michael Koetzle honoured Burri's exceptional artistic capacity to produce photographic masterpieces in both black and white and in colour. Burri's Magnum colleagues, Abbas and Ian Berry, who had travelled to Vienna for the event, could not agree more!
The exhibition RENÉ BURRI. DOPPELLEBEN will be running in the Galerie OstLicht up until March 15, 2014. Free entry.