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TONIGHT : Polaroid [im]possible at Westlicht

Messagepar Lemim » ven. 17 juin 2011 / 12:30 pm

17 June till 21 August 2011

TONIGHT !!!!!!

oliviero toscani: 'andy warhol with camera'
1974, polaroid type 105
3¼ x 4¼"
© oliviero toscani

paul huf (untitled)
1977, polaroid type 808
8 x 10"
© paul huf/ VBK wien, 2011

patrick nagatani: 'cinema II'
detail from the image 'alamogordo blues'
1986, polaroid spectra
© patrick nagatani

mark morrisroe: 'nyph-o-maniac'
1983, polaroid 35mm polachrome
cibachrome print with paint, 10.4 x 15.7"
© the estate of mark morrisroe

paul de nooijer: 'fancy cake IV'
1977, polaroid SX-70
© paul de nooijer

minor white: 'boundary mountain, benton, california'
1959, polaroid type 52
4 x 5"
© trustees of princeton university

nobuyoshi araki (untitled)
2010, PX 100 silver shade
© nobuyoshi araki

vicki lee ragan
the princess and the frogs
1983, polaroid polacolor
20 x 24"
© vicki lee ragan

david levinthal, from the 'vietnam series'
2011, PX 600 silver shade black frame
© david levinthal

andy warhol: andy sneezing
1978 polaroid SX-70
© the andy warhol foundation for the visual arts inc. / VBK, wien 2011

17 June till 21 August 2011

TONIGHT !!!!!!

Legendary Polaroid collection from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol on display in Vienna

Vienna-based photo museum WestLicht is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a show on instant photography and for the opening weekend the entrance is free of charge.

On its 10th anniversary WestLicht is celebrating the never-ending fascination of instant photography. From the 17 June the Viennese photo museum will show a representative cross section of Polaroid inventor Edwin Herbert Land’s legendary collection. From the 1960’s Land began to provide artists with Polaroid material for them to experiment. More than 350 works by around 150 of the international artists and photographers represented in the collection are going to be on display until the 21 August. On the opening weekend, from 17 to 19 June, visitors will be able to see the exhibition free of charge.

Collages, trendy arrangements and the famous white Polaroid frame

The names one can find among the Polaroid artists range from landscape master photographer Ansel Adams to doyens of Pop Art such as Andy Warhol. Varying artistic concepts, collages and opulent arrangements cover genres from fashion to architecture, and represent an animated narration of the Zeitgeist of the intervening decades. The images were made with a wide range of Polaroid cameras, materials and films and they are a vivid documentation of the development of this ground-breaking invention. For the two pieces shown in the exhibition Andy Warhol chose the Integral film with its famous thin white frame. Together with the easy-to-handle camera, this was the film that triggered the instant photography hype for the general public.

Historic collection in large format

One of the highlights of the exhibition are the large format works shot on 20x24 inch film (50x60cm). These pieces are by artists such as William Wegman, whose painted portraits of his two dogs, Man Ray and Fay Ray, are known the world over. A special camera had to be constructed to take them. It is 1.50 meters in height, weighs 106kg and is currently still in use. Instructed by former Polaroid chief operator Jan Hnizdo, well-known Austrian artists will have the chance to work with this camera.

The exhibition was made possible by the spectacular purchase of the collection by WestLicht in March 2011. It had been put on the market by the liquidators dealing with the assets of the insolvent Polaroid company. For almost two years the future of the unique Polaroid collection was uncertain. The spectacular acquisition at the last moment secures the continued existence of this historic collection and opens it to a broad public for the first time. The collection encompasses around 4400 pieces by 800 artists.

Analogue instant photography by contemporary artists

As a bridge with the present, and in line with the original Polaroid philosophy, close collaboration with partner-company Impossible and CMO Florian Kaps will enable contemporary instant-photography to be supported, cultivated and further encouraged.
The company has bought the last intact Polaroid film factory in Enschede (Netherlands) and is now working on developing new film material for traditional Polaroid cameras. As in previous years artists are now being given the chance to work and experiment with the new film material and to create new instant-image art.

Some of the first pieces of this new collection—by artists like Nobuyoshi Araki or Stefanie Schneider—create exciting contrasts with the historic collection. David Levinthal represents a special link. He had been commissioned to make pieces for the historic collection (the Space Series) and is now featured with his Vietnam Series which was produced using the new Impossible material.

Catalogue and shop

The book "From Polaroid to Impossible / Masterpieces of Instant Photography - The WestLicht Collection" has been published by Hatje Cantz for the exhibition. It was edited by Achim Heine, Rebekka Reuter, Ulrike Willingmann, German/English, 192 pages, approx. 200 colour images, bound with protective cover, € 39,80.
For the duration of the exhibition Impossible will also open a pop-up shop next to the photo museum, where aficionados will be able to buy Polaroid cameras, Impossible films, accessories and books. Workshops will make this a creative space.


17 June – 21 August

Tue, Wed, Fri: 2–7 p.m.
Thurs: 2–9 p.m
Sa, So, Bank Holidays: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Closed Mondays

WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie
Westbahnstraße 40
1070 Vienna

+43 (0)1 522 66 36

The shop for analogue instant photography

Same opening hours as exhibition

Impossible Pop Up Shop
Westbahnstraße 38
1070 Vienna

+43 1 522 32 13

We would like to extend a cordial invitation to the press conference and a preview at WestLicht on 16 June at 10:30 a.m. Speakers will include: René Burri, David Levinthal and Jan Hnizdo.

We hope our project is of interest to you and would be happy for any coverage you can give it. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you require further information or an interview appointment. You can find images in high resolution on this website.

Information about picture use and credits
Permission is granted for the image material to be used in print media or for temporary online publication. It may only be used in direct connection with coverage of the current exhibition. Images may be neither cropped nor retouched. Image files must be removed from the archives after use.

Kind regards,
Katharina Husslein and Karin Mück

Katharina Husslein
PR & Marketing
WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie
Westbahnstraße 40
1070 Vienna - AUSTRIA
T +43 1 522 66 36-65
F +43 1 523 13 08

Karin Mück
WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie
Westbahnstraße 40
1070 Vienna - AUSTRIA
T +43 699 101 002 82

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