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Arnolfini - est 1961

Sat 24 Nov – Sun 20 Jan 08

Hans-Peter Feldmann

Hans-Peter Feldmann is one of Germany’s most influential artists. For over forty years he has been producing works that are often deliberately understated but possess a dry wit and a genuine warmth and humanity. This will be the first major survey of his work to be presented in the UK.

Much of Feldmann’s work concerns itself with collecting, a pastime that has been his passion since his childhood. From tin toys to mechanical antiques, postcards to thimbles, photographs in particular have become his abiding obsession resulting in an archive of thousands of images.

Feldmann also takes photographs and his photographic series are notable for their oddly affecting ordinariness: unmade hotel beds, a pound of strawberries, the view from his apartment window, or pictures of car stereos taken when a good song was playing. These series are shown within this exhibition alongside 100 Years – 101 photographic portraits of family and friends aged one to one hundred – a touching elegy to friends living and lost and the relentless passing of time.

Also within this exhibition are new works Wunderkammer – cabinets filled with all manner of everyday objects from credit cards to binoculars, and the room sized installation Schattenspiel (Shadow Play) which features an assortment of toys and trinkets arranged on slowly revolving turntables that cast diorama of shadows on the gallery walls.

The exhibition has been organised with Sprengel Museum Hannover and Landesgalerie Linz.