The second exhibition in the new Munich Re office building in Berliner Strasse features photographs of Munich artist Frank Stürmer | 2015
Frank Stürmer (*1972 in Bucharest,
Romania) devotes himself in his artwork to depicting what is unique
and beautiful in the mundane, incidental moments of life. His
international photographic excursions take him through splendid
gardens, remote landscapes, and busy metropolitan streets. His
camera also captures people along the way.
The rear view that the artist usually chooses is a leitmotif in
his oeuvre and sets the tone for this exhibition. Alluding to the
final sequence of the Charlie Chaplin film, "Modern Times", in
which the moment of the presumed end morphs into the beginning of a
new, unknown story, the viewer here is also urged to set out on a
The exhibition gives insight into the complex oeuvre of Frank
Stürmer. The Munich Re Art Collection has
several of his works, including the nine-piece light
box series, "La Mortella", which has been on display outside
the cafeteria since August 2014.
The exhibition focuses on photographs from different groups of
themes and works, from 2001 to the present. The small-format
series, "Epoca de aur" (The Golden Age), was created in 2010 as an
allusion to the famous painting of Lucas Cranach d.
Ä., "Das Goldene Zeitalter", from around
1530. It depicts an ideal image of life based on an ancient myth,
in which man and animals are peacefully united in a garden in
paradise. However, Stürmer's interpretation
does not portray a holistic design of an ideal that expresses
longing for the paradisiacal era, but instead, facets of our
present – ranging from unspoiled natural
beauty to luxury and decadence – as his way
of addressing the form and content of Cranach's depiction.
In "Nitzkydorf", the group of works from 2012, the artist devotes
himself to the Romanian village Niţchidorf's architecture,
which reflects the town's turbulent history. The small one-storey
buildings are all constructed according to the same principle and,
in keeping with old tradition, bear the names of their German,
Romanian or Hungarian owners on their gable walls.
Stürmer's photographs show the individual
features of the buildings, with all the marks of time and, although
no people are to be seen, their presence is clearly felt.
The more than 30 works from various creative phases lend cohesion
to the exhibition and invite passersby to visit the cosmos of Frank
Stürmer. Here we encounter people on the
streets, urban landscapes, remote houses, exotic plant life, or
maybe a mule. It is the commonplace, things and scenes we see
often, from which the discerning eye of the artist elicits magic,
bestowing an almost mystical quality.