Gärten und Räume

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Kerber Verlag, Mar 1, 2009 - Art - 64 pages
The painter Bernd Lieven makes use of the - apparent - capability of photography to produce a reliable illustration of reality. His current works, published for the first time in this catalogue, present a view into the 'garden-spaces' that we think we know and recognise through their bleakness and state of neglect. Lieven does not take any spectacular examples of great landscapes as his subject, there are no paradisiacal gardens with palms and fountains; instead we find everyday gardens left to slowly decay, ruined buildings and piles of rubbish everywhere. These garden-spaces evoke a very particular charm: Bernd Lieven achieves this powerful atmosphere with an effective and economic use of artistic technique: he reworks the photographs of gardens, reproduced onto canvas, in a painterly process of intervention and monopolisation and changes them into completely subjective 'artist gardens'. The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Bernd Lieven. Gärten und Räume, 2008, Rheinisches LandesMuseum, Bonn. English and German text.

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biography1961 born in Monchengladbach/Germanystudied fine arts in Cologne university of applied sciences, master student of Prof. Karl Marxlives and works in Dusseldorf

Klaus Honnef, former director of Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn, Germany, is an art critic and the author of numerous publications on photography and contemporary art. The Collection was first published by us in 1985.

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