Manfred Willmann

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  • 66_Manfred Willmann_Ohne Titel_1981-1983_C_Manfred Willmann Manfred Willmann, Ohne Titel, aus der Serie „Die Welt ist schön“, 1981-1983 © Manfred Willmann (Foto: Manfred Willmann)
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  • 66_Manfred Willmann_Volkarweg 36_1979-1981_C_Manfred Willmann Manfred Willmann, Volkmarweg 36, Teil 1 aus der Serie „Schwarz und Gold“, 1979-1981 © Manfred Willmann (Foto: Manfred Willmann)
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  • 66_Manfred Willmann_Ohne Titel_1981-1983_C_Manfred Willmann Manfred Willmann, Ohne Titel, aus der Serie „Die Welt ist schön“, 1981-1983 © Manfred Willmann (Foto: Manfred Willmann)
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  • 66_Manfred Willmann_Ohne Titel_1981-1983_C_Manfred Willmann Manfred Willmann, Ohne Titel, aus der Serie „Das Land“, 1981-1993 © Manfred Willmann (Foto: Manfred Willmann)
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  • 66_Manfred Willmann_Ohne Titel_1981-1983_C_Manfred Willmann Manfred Willmann, Ohne Titel, aus der Serie „Das Land“, 1981-1993 © Manfred Willmann (Foto: Manfred Willmann)
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The Albertina is devoting a comprehensive monographic exhibition to the Austrian photographer Manfred Willmann (born 1952). Willmann captures everyday scenes from his immediate living environment in Graz and rural southern Styria in his series, shot over a period of several years.

The exhibition comprises six large groups of works, in which Willmann’s very direct, subjective perspective manifests itself. The photographs can be read both as autobiographical introspection and as a study of social structures in rural areas. Willmann uses visual strategies – the consistent use of flashlight, narrowly defined image sections and a focus on details – that impact his motifs, hitherto often regarded as unworthy of representation. He breaks with an idyllic depiction of rural life in Austria and at the same time avoids ideological ascriptions. Pioneering in man ways, Willmann was also one of the first Austrian photographers to use colour as a means of artistic expression.

Apart from the influential series Schwarz und Gold (Black and Gold) and Das Land (Countryside), the Albertina also shows more recent works, shedding light on central aspects of his oeuvre by spanning an arc from the late 1970s to the present day.

Exhibition run: 08.02. – 26.05.2019

Curator: Anna Hanreich
Participating photographer: Manfred Willmann

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Regular: 16 Euro
Seniors, groups (11 persons upwards), youths under 26 years: 11 Euro
Children under 19 years: free admission

27.03.2019, 5:30 p.m.: Guided tour (DE)
Guided tour with curator Anna Hanreich
Limited number of participants: up to 25 persons; participation with a valid exhibition ticket; registration: first come first served (tickets can be purchased on the day of the guided tour); meeting point for the guided tour at the ticket counters