AS ORIGINALLY SHRINK-WRAPPED COPY!
Ludwig WITTGENSTEIN was an author, collector & arranger of photographs as well as a photographer, witnessed by a partially published photo album, the famous composite portrait of the Wittgenstein siblings, automaton photos as well as other staged self-portraits. His 'Laocoon for Photographers', remained unfinished. The catalog volume 'Photography as Analytical Practice' on Ludwig WITTGENSTEIN as a photographer deals with one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century, whose roots lay in an upper middle-class family, which in turn contributed significantly to the development and promotion of Viennese Modernism. However, the focus is not on his groundbreaking philosophical writings or their radiance on the visual arts, but on Wittgenstein the photographer - the author, collector and arranger of photographs. Thus, the focus is on a sideline that has received little attention to date, and which is analyzed here for the first time in detail and with a broad concept of the photographic.
In addition to the previously only partially published photo album from the 1930s, the famous composite portrait of the Wittgenstein siblings, the automaton photographs and other staged self-portraits, and the photographs of the house for Margarete Stonborough-Wittgenstein that he designed together with Paul Engelmann, the catalog volume for the exhibition also contains excerpts from the Nonsense Collection and a representative selection of his postcard correspondence with family and friends, which reveals a practice of communicating that always reflects the pictorial level of this medium. Against the background of his reflections on photography, which extend to his plan to write a 'Laocoon for Photographers', this quantitatively manageable stock of material invites us to make Ludwig WITTGENSTEIN's understanding and use of the medium fruitful for a contemporary re-vision. The exhibition (and thus the catalog volume) continues the
Ludwig WITTGENSTEIN's photographs into a dialogue with the photographic practice and theory of contemporary artists like
- Vito Acconci, Miriam Bäckström, John BALDESSARI, Gottfried Bechtold, Anna & Bernhard BLUME, Christian BOLTANSKI, Hanne DARBOVEN, Ólafur ELIASSON, Hans-Peter FELDMANN, Günther FÖRG, Herbert W. Franke, Nan GOLDIN, Peter Handke, Heinrich HEIDERSBERGER, Peter HUJAR, Anna Jermolaewa, Birgit Jürgenssen, Mike Kelley, Anastasia Khoroshilova, Friedl KUBELKA, David Lamelas, Sherrie Levine, Sharon Lockhart, Inés Lombardi, Dóra Maurer, Trevor PAGLEN, Sigmar POLKE, Timm RAUTERT, Gerhard RICHTER, Martha Rosler, Thomas RUFF, Norman Saunders, Alfons Schilling, Cindy SHERMAN, Katharina SIEVERDING, Margherita SPILUTTINI, Dominik Steiger, Sturtevant, Hiroshi SUGIMOTO, Andy WARHOL, Gillian Wearing, Peter Weibel, Manfred WILLMANN, Otto Zitko, Heimo Zobernig et al. a.
Photo books by
- BALDESSARI, John
BLUME, Anna & Bernhard