For his Pool Portraits series, Roland Fischer placed his models
in a swimming pool: free from any personal attributes and
dissociated from their usual environments, they are instead
immersed in the monochrome blue or deep black of the motionless
water. This formal reductiveness turns the human faces into a
surface for projections reflecting everything at once: distance and
intimacy, insides and outsides, types and individuals.
Fischer’s conceptual approach is to
juxtapose opposites, based on “the
fundamental ambivalence of all things”, as
he says. People and architecture are his main subjects. For
example, Fischer will turn the façades of
buildings – mostly from global financial
centres – into abstract graphical patterns.
Removed from their architectural contexts, the photographs thus
incite an aesthetic examination of form and colour, image versus
representation. Two works from the Façades
series are displayed in the foyer.
Roland Fischer talks to Susanne Ehrenfried, Curator of the Munich Re Art Collection, and Matthias Mühling, director of the Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus
The New Architectures series also features works exploring the
continuum between abstraction and figuration. Here, Fischer
approaches modern architecture with a compositional technique
borrowed from cubism, superimposing and blending images from
various perspectives to create multidimensional realms of visual
experience – “new
architectures” that express the psychology
of a given space.
The artist goes one step further in his most recent series,
Transhistorical Places, in which he overlays fragments of cold,
brutalist concrete architecture with forms reminiscent of
20th-century abstract painting. The result is a new, almost surreal
photographic space that not only melts the boundaries between image
and representation, architecture and painting, but also between two
different modernist art movements with all their connotations
– virtually an expression of the current
times. In these visual “time-space
collages”, Fischer prompts the
observer’s perspective to oscillate.
Roland Fischer is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work
has already been shown in 120 museums and art institutions
worldwide, among them more than 40 solo exhibitions, including the
Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich and the
Moderne in Paris. His work is featured in numerous international
Courtesy of Roland Fischer, Walter Storms Galerie, private
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