Galerie Bastian shows Wim Wenders’ film: Two or three things about Edward Hopper as a solo exhibition from 25 January 2023, accompanied by three new photographs. Wim Wenders is one of the pioneers of the New German Cinema of the seventies. He is one of the most important innovative designers of international contemporary cinema.
Image above: Wim Wenders: „Girl on Stairs“, Butte/Montana, © Wenders Images, Courtesy Galerie Bastian
Wim Wenders’ iconic feature films “The American Friend” in 1977, “Paris Texas” in 1984, “The Sky over Berlin” in 1987 and others were awarded international prizes. The magic of his poetic cinematic storytelling is unbrokenly present.
His documentaries “Buena Vista Social Club” 1999, “PINA” 2011, “The Salt of the Earth” 2014, dedicated to the work of Sebastião Salgado, are exemplary testimonies to our cultural memory.
His photographic work has been exhibited and published in major museums worldwide. Wim Wenders has written numerous essays on the significance of cinema. His film and photography books have received international attention. In 2022 he was awarded the prestigious “Praemium Imperiale” for his life’s work.
Wim Wenders’ 3D film installation “Two or Three Things about Edward Hopper” was shown in Basel in 2020 on the occasion of the Hopper retrospective at the Fondation Beyeler 2020; the film is a tribute to one of the most important American painters of the 20th century, whose work, according to Wim Wenders, had an influence on his own work.
For Edward Hopper, the images he painted were “the reproduction of the world that surrounded him, also the world he saw within himself”. The light and the absence of light, gained from the resonance of the black and white of his etchings, were his melancholic metaphors. His images speak of the echoes and shadows of empty street scenes and landscapes, of the dictum of illusion and the forlornness of man. New York, the city where he lived, and New England became his painted ‘diary’. In Wim Wenders’ film, we see Edward Hopper’s pictures retold in imaginary thoughts.
On the occasion of the presentation of the film, Wim Wenders has produced three new photographs, which will be shown in what is now his third solo exhibition at Galerie Bastian.
Wednesday, January 25th until Saturday, March 4th 2023
Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm