Michael Schnabel

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Michael Schnabel, "Sidelhorn"

Michael Schnabel

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Michael Schnabel is known for testing the limits of the visual with his photography. In his series "Stille Berge" (Silent Mountains) and in other work from the series "Nachtstücke" (At Night), he eschews the use of light to let darkness illuminate wondrously sublime landscapes. In an exposure time of roughly an hour, his large-format camera extracts just the amount of light required to capture an image of a mountain like the Bristen in the meagre light allowed by the darkness. 

It is readily apparent that Michael Schnabel is not given to any romantic longing whatever for reproducing simple beauty or majestic scenery. His mountains, oceans, the museums or photos of the sky and clouds in no way assemble ´postcard art´. The offset prints in the catalogue only hint at the quality of the photos displayed in the exhibition. Like paintings, Schnabel´s work has to be seen in the original. That is essential. 

Mountains, water, the sky as well as more recently the museum interiors are favorite motifs of Schnabel the photographer. Light and its absence constitute the formal framework of his photos, each of which is a visual phenomenon. His aim is not to project a scenic panorama, but to concentrate on absolutely pure photography that speaks for itself, uninterruptedly. If we disregard the motifs in viewing his works from an epistemological perspective, we can appreciate how Michael Schnabel dissociates himself from the objects on which he trains his lens. The object is never eliminated but its objective reality questioned.   
As Michael Schnabel once explained in an interview: "I wanted to create an image of the mountains that stands out from any contemplated previously." 

This contrast with a conventional photographic approach leads into the world of abstract photography. Nature, on whose physical phenomena Schnabel depends, is just a vehicle for his art. It appears in a distinct light-ambience, which hides more than it reveals. The mountain is reduced to a fascinating close-up. But what do we learn about the mountains, their location and the vegetation on the lower slopes? 
These are not close-up photos, which help us identify nature in a specific location. 

Apart from any epistemological perspective, one can summarize about these photos: It is their otherness that makes them fascinating. This photography portrays itself. That is how it relates substantially to paintings. If they were painted, these pictures would lose their authenticity. These photographs are elemental. They are. 

- Tayfun Belgin - Osthaus Museum, Hagen 

Michael Schnabel, born 1969 in Neunkirchen, lives and works in Stuttgart.

EXHIBITIONS

2015art fair, „Cologne Fine Art“, Galerie Persiehl & Heine, Köln

2015solo show, „Weisses Land“, Ito Project Space, Stuttgart

2014group show, „Stay Gold“ Kunstmesse Turin, Widmer & Theodoridis, Turin

2014art fair, „Cologne Fine Art“, Galerie Persiehl & Heine, Köln

2014group show, „Aus gutem Hause“, Widmer & Theodoridis, Eschlikon

2014group show, „Der perfekte Moment - Ikonen der Automobilfotografie“, Istanbul Modern

2014group show, „Fokus S“, Weissenhofgalerie, Stuttgart

2014art fair, Volta 10, Galerie Widmer & Theodoridis

2014group show, „Die Alpen in der Fotografie“, Vorarlbergmuseum, Bregenz

2013art fair, Art Genf, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

2013group show, „Bilder vom Menschen“, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim

2013group show, „White Photography“, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam „Neuland“, Kunsthalle Emden

2013art fair, „Die Alpen in der Fotografie“, Städtische Galerie Waiblingen Paris Photo, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

2013group show, „Shape The Scape“, Galerie Gilla Loercher, Berlin

2013group show, Unseen Amsterdam, Kunstmesse mit Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

2013group show, „Eingriffe: Konstruktion/Destruktion“, Widmer & Theodoridis, Zürich

2013solo show, „Weisses Land“, Widmer & Theodoridis Contemporary, Zürich

2013solo show, „Nachtstücke“, Galerie Persiehl und Heine, Hamburg

2013solo show, „Nachtstücke“, Kunsthaus, Wiesbaden

2012solo show, „Weisses Land“, Kleinschmidt Fine Photographs, Wiesbaden

2012solo show, Recent work, (mit Ursula Kraft) Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

2012group show, „Landschaftskult“, Lehr Zeitgenössische Kunst, Köln

2012art fair, Paris Photo, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

2012group show, Galerie Fotoforum, Bozen

2012solo show, Zartbitter, (mit Claus Stolz), Kunstverein Viernheim, Viernheim

2011solo show, Nachtstücke / Weisses Land, Werke 2001- 2010, Osthaus Museum, Hagen

2011group show, Brita Kunstpreis, „Wasser-Linien-Perspektiven“, Kunsthaus Wiesbaden

2011art fair, Art Paris, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

2011group show, Wald, pavlov’s dog, Berlin

2011group show, Gold Awards 1984-2010, AOP Gallery, London

2011group show, QPN, Nantes Photographic Fortnight

2011group show, Impossible Exhibition, Küper Galleries, Caochangdi Photospring, Arles in Bejing

2011group show, Voies Off screening, Arles

2011group show, Horizonte, Fotofestival Zingst

2011group show, Das Tirol Panorama, Tiroler Landesmuseen, Innsbruck, Dauerausstellung

2011group show, 125 Jahre Automobil, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen

2011art fair, AIPAD New York, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

2010art fair, Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Photonet

2010group show, Impossiblexhibition, Arles

2010art fair, Paris Photo, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

2010group show, „Im Verborgenen“, F/STOP Fotofestival, Leipzig

2010group show, „Trennungen“, St. Johann, Kärnten

2010group show, „Es werde Dunkel!“ Stadtgalerie Kiel und Kunstmuseum Mühlheim a.d. Ruhr

2009solo show, Nächtliche Museen, Galerie Photonet, Wiesbaden

2009solo show, Stille Arbeiten, Kunstraum Haaauch, Klagenfurt

2009art fair, MiArt Mailand, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

2009group show, „Es werde Dunkel!“, Städtische Galerie Bietigheim Bissingen

2009group show, „Waterscapes“, Prix de la Photographie, Farmani Gallery, New York

2009group show, „Neue Heimat“, Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt

2009group show, Art Paris, Kunstmesse mit Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

2008solo show, Photographies du Silence, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

2008group show, „Stille Landschaften“, Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid

2008group show, „Schöne Neue Welt“, Visual Gallery, Photokina Köln

2008group show, Horizonte, Fotofestival Zingst

2008art fair, Korea Art Fair, Galerie Photonet

2008art fair, Art Hong Kong, Kunstmesse mit Galerie Photonet

2008art fair, AIPAD New York, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

2008group show, Art Cologne, Kunstmesse mit Galerie Photonet

2008group show, Art Paris, Kunstmesse mit Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

2008art fair, Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Photonet

2007solo show, „Wasser“, Galerie Photonet, Wiesbaden

2007art fair, Paris Photo, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

2007group show, Selected Views, Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt

2007group show, Fotosommer Stuttgart, BFF Ausstellungen

2007art fair, Cologne Fine Art, Galerie Photonet

2007group show, „Ziemlich hoch- Das Alpine in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie“, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren

2007group show, „Anderswo in Stuttgart“, BFF Ausstellungen, Haus der Wirtschaft Stuttgart

2007group show, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris

2007group show, Les Arts Décoratifs, musée de la Publicité, Paris

2007art fair, Art Cologne, Galerie Photonet

2006solo show, „Stille Berge“, Widmer & Theodoridis, Zürich

2006solo show, Nachtarbeiten, Visual gallery, Photokina, Köln

2006solo show, „Stille Berge“ , Fotoforum, Bozen

2006art fair, Art Cologne, Galerie Photonet

2006group show, „Tiefes Licht“, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven

2006group show, Internationales Photo Festival, Xining, China

2006group show, „Licht in der Architektur“, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

2005solo show, Galerie Photonet, Wiesbaden

2005solo show, „Stille Berge“ Rotonda/Galerie Zander, Köln

2005art fair, Photo London, Galerie Photonet

2005art fair, Cologne Fineart, Galerie Photonet

2005art fair, Aqua Art Miami, Bank

2005group show, Work on Paper, bank, Los Angeles

2005group show, „Die Kunst der Kommunikation“, Pinakothek der Moderne, München

2005art fair, Art Bodensee, Galerie Photonet

2005group show, „Fokus 0711“, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart „Bildwechsel“-Fotografie/Malerei, Galerie Rainer Wehr, Stuttgart

2005group show, Landschaften, Galerie edition Braus, Heidelberg

2004solo show,„Stille Berge“, Alpines Museum, München

2004solo show, “Stille Berge”, Fotogalerie Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim

2004solo show, „Cages“, Bank, Los Angeles

2004art fair, Art Frankfurt, Galerie Photonet

2004group show, „Lichtwiesen Inszenierte Landschaften“, Designhaus Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt

2004art fair, LA Photo; Bank, Los Angeles

2004group show, Scope, Kunstmesse mit Bank, Los Angeles

2003group show, „Stadt Land Fluss“, TaylorWessing / Storms Galerie, München

2003group show, „Geschossen und gedruckt“, Städtische Galerie, Museen der Stadt Lüdenscheid

2002group show, Fotosommer , Ausstellung für Zeitgenössische Fotografie, Stuttgart

2001group show, „Perseeve“, gallery Bank, Los Angeles

2000group show, „Bilder der Stille“, Visual Gallery of Photokina, Köln

At Night

michael-schnabel-bristen

Bristen, 2003, pigment print, edition of 3, 100 x 140 cm/39.3 x 55.1 in

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michael-schnabel-foz-de-iguazo-2

Foz de Iguazo II, 2007, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 92 cm/28.3 x 36.2 in

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michael-schnabel-foz-de-iguazo

Foz de Iguazo, 2007, pigment print, 160 x 204 cm/63 x 80.3 in

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michael-schnabel-furka

Furka, 2003, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 99 cm/28.3 x 39 in

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michael-schnabel-gandegg

Gandegg, 2003, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 99 cm/28.3 x 39 in

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michael-schnabel-griesspitze

Griesspitze (presumably), 2003, pigment print, edition of 10, 36,2 x 46 cm/14.2 x 18.1 in

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michael-schnabel-gruen

Sky - Green, 2003, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 88 cm/28.3 x 34.6 in

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michael-schnabel-himmel-flughafen

Sky - Airport, 2001, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 92 cm/28.3 x 36.2 in

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michael-schnabel-lichenbretter-2

Lichenbretter II, 2003, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 99 cm/28.3 x 39 in

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michael-schnabel-montelivet

Montelivet, 2005, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 99 cm/28.3 x 39 in

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michael-schnabel-nachthimmel-2

Nightsky II, 2002, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 92 cm/28.3 x 36.2 in

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michael-schnabel-nachthimmel-3

Nightsky III, 2002, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 92 cm/28.3 x 36.2 in

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michael-schnabel-ocean-beach

Ocean Beach, 2003, pigment print, edition of 3, 100 x 140 cm/39.3 x 55.1 in

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michael-schnabel-orange

Sky - Orange, 2003, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 92 cm/28.3 x 36.2 in

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michael-schnabel-pasterze

Pasterze, 2010, pigment print, edition of 3, 160 x 220 cm/63 x 86.6 in

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michael-schnabel-riffelhorn

Riffelhorn, 2003, pigment print, edition of 3, 100 x 140 cm/39.3 x 55.1 in

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michael-schnabel-rodeo-beach

Rodeo Beach, 2004, pigment print, edition of 3, 100 x 140 cm/39.3 x 55.1 in

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michael-schnabel-san-marino

San Marino, 2005, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 99 cm/28.3 x 39 in

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michael-schnabel-sidelhorn

Sidelhorn, 2003, pigment Print, edition AP, 72 x 99 cm/28.3 x 39 in

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michael-schnabel-sonnenspitze-3

Sonnenspitze III, 2003, pigment print, edition of 10, 36,2 x 50 cm/14.2 x 19.7 in

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michael-schnabel-sonnenspitze-4

Sonnenspitze IV, 2003, pigment print, edition of 3, 100 x 140 cm/39.3 x 55.1 in

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michael-schnabel-thaneller

Thaneller, 2003, pigment print, edition of 5, 72 x 99 cm/28.3 x 39 in

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michael-schnabel-zugspitze

Zugspitze, 2003, pigment print, edition of 10, 36,2 x 46 cm/14.2 x 16.5 in

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