October 2020, Lothar Wolleh Raum participates in EMOP Berlin, the European Month of Photography. With ‘Atmospheres of Imagination’, the exhibition space in Berlin’s Linienstraße brings a key selection of the photographer’s colour works from the years 1962–1979.
In 1965 Lothar Wolleh published Das II. Vatikanische Konzil, a complex photo project in book form. This project marked the onset of an experimental approach to photography, exploring the fine line between figuration and abstraction. Until his death in 1979, Wolleh created such works, focussing on the properties and the spiritual meaning of colour and light.
On the Verge of Abstraction
“A picture is only beautiful if it does not remind you of a picture at all: otherwise it is an illustration.” These words, quoted in Wolleh’s diary, seem to be the root of this photographic venture, starting in the mid-1960s. The exhibition ‘Atmospheres of Imagination’ shows experiments on the verge of abstraction, but without losing sight of the human dimension. Lothar Wolleh was equally interested in human beings – as actors, as creator – as in the formal properties of light and colour. And thus it is precisely these works that comprise the basic elements of his artistic output as a whole.
Founded in 2004, EMOP is the Berlin based photo biennial, playing the full range of the broad field, from historical to contemporary photography. Museums, cultural institutions, galleries, project spaces, and photo schools in Berlin and Potsdam present exhibitions and events which have been selected by a panel of experts. The formats range from outdoor exhibitions and large museum shows to individual and group presentations in galleries and project spaces. In addition, various international cultural institutions and embassies, as well as municipal offices for art and culture will contribute to EMOP Berlin. Program Lothar Wolleh RaumDuring EMOP Berlin, every Wednesday and Saturday, 4 pm., guided tour through the exhibition and introduction into Lothar Wolleh’s photographic oeuvre.
During EMOP Berlin, every Wednesday and Saturday, 4 pm., guided tour through the exhibition and introduction into Lothar Wolleh’s photographic oeuvre.