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Edgar Lissel & Claus Stolz

20.03. — 20.06.2021


Edgar Lissel & Claus Stolz

March 20, 2021 — June 20, 2021

digital opening: March 19, 2021 — 7 p.m.


What is photography, in actual fact? This question, among others, is pursued by Edgar Lissel and Claus Stolz. Following entirely different paths, both explore the basic concept and the limits of the photographic, combining media archaeology approaches with contemporary technologies as they do so.

Edgar Lissel (*1965 in Northeim, lives in Vienna) follows a strongly conceptual approach. For example, he converts entire living spaces into pinhole cameras, so that the upside-down picture of the urban exterior on the image’s surface merges with the silhouettes of the furnishings inside. Alternatively, he avails himself of biological phenomena by using certain photosensitive bacteria in the image creation process. The growth process of these bacteria colonies makes pictures visible that would not be reproducible, since in a sense, under the artist’s guidance, they arose through the interplay of light, time, motion and space. Behind this there is a querying of photographic processes, within which Edgar Lissel abolishes the distance between himself and the photographic event that would result from the use of a camera, for instance. 

Whereas Edgar Lissel thus evinces a comprehensible closeness and directness to the photographic image, with Claus Stolz (*1963 in Mannheim, resides there likewise) the image bridges sometimes inconceivable distances: In his “Sunburns” there is nothing, apart from a lens that concentrates the sunlight, between the light source and the photographic material. An occurrence extended across approximately 150 kilometres becomes visible in its microscopic effect. This is a radical form of analogue photography, in which the artist plans the controlled fortuity, launches, observes and halts the process. Claus Stolz is committed to photographic experiments with material; the illustrative function immanent in photography is an incidental aspect to him. This latter comes to bear in his series “Kammerspiel”, however. What appears to be precise sharply photographed, luminously colourful blossoms against a dark ground reveals itself as bizarre still life arrangements. 

The exhibition is sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Wüttemberg within the framework of the impulse program "Kunst trotz Abstand":






29. November 2020 — 28. Februar 2021
digitale Eröffnung: 12. Dezember 2020

Deltabeben. Regionale 2020

In cooperation with the Kunsthalle Mannheim and the Kunstverein Mannheim

November 29, 2020 — February 28, 2021


Every two years, and for the sixth time in 2020, the "Deltabeben" will take place - alternately in Mannheim and Ludwigshafen: A joint exhibition project of the institutions for contemporary art. In the meantime, it has become a continuous overview show of art in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, which shows and documents the artistic diversity again and again. The participating artists* come from all parts of the region between Mannheim, Mainz, Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. Their spectrum ranges from photography, painting, sculptural and installation works to video and performance art. It is not possible to apply for participation, but a changing team of experts from the art scene is asked to propose two artists* each. There is no age limit, but the artists should live and work in the region, because the "Deltabeben" also serves to promote exchange and networking between the individual smaller art scenes in the region. "Deltabeben. Regionale 2020" shows once again how urban and diverse the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region is with its artists* and their art.