Works

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BABYLON BERLIN, PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOACHIM GERN

Joa­chim Gern’s pho­to­graphs, taken on the set of BABYLON BERLIN, are artisti­cally free works and claim their own pho­to­gra­phic world in Ber­lin of 1929, recrea­ted for the film. Gern’s pro­duc­tions pene­trate to the core of the por­trayed, expo­sing their innards. With the help of facial expres­si­ons and habi­tus, cos­tume and mask, scene design and light, he crea­tes indi­vi­du­als whose aura rea­ches beyond their story told in the film.

6 June 2019 – 20 July 2019

The gal­lery is clo­sed on Wed­nes­day, 26 June 2019!

On 6 June begin­ning at 7 p.m. all are invi­ted to the opening recep­tion at the gal­lery. The artist is present..

The fol­lo­wing works are pre­sen­ted in the show:

BABYLON BERLIN

Hardly any TV series in recent years has had such a pre­sence in the media as BABYLON BERLIN, which tells of the social uphea­vals of the so-called Gol­den Twen­ties in Ber­lin on the eve of the Great Depres­sion and Natio­nal Socia­lism. The star­ting point of the series is a novel by Vol­ker Kut­scher, sta­ged by the direc­tors Tom Tykwer, Achim von Bor­ries and Henk Hand­lo­eg­ten in copro­duc­tion bet­ween X Filme, ARD, Sky and Beta Film as a broad-based his­to­ri­cal pan­orama of the Wei­mar Repu­blic, broad­cast free-to-air in 2018. The crime story, which takes place in May 1929, revol­ves around Gereon Rath (Vol­ker Bruch), who has moved from Colo­gne to Ber­lin. During his inves­ti­ga­ti­ons, he beco­mes invol­ved in the radi­cal chan­ges of the eco­nomy, cul­ture and poli­tics. In the throb­bing metro­po­lis, pro­gres­sive impo­ve­rish­ment and orga­ni­zed crime face exces­sive night­life and luxury, and in view of incre­a­sing poli­ti­cal radi­ca­liza­tion, life in Ber­lin at the end of the twen­ties beco­mes a dance on the volcano.
We are plea­sed to pre­sent 40 fine art prints of pho­to­graphs by Joa­chim Gern, who accom­pa­nied the shoo­ting from May to Decem­ber 2016 on about 100 days with his camera. The pro­du­cers were so enthu­si­as­tic about the result of his photo por­traits of the actors Vol­ker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries, Peter Kurth, Lars Eidin­ger, Mat­thias Brandt, Mišel Matiče­vić, Seve­r­ija Janušaus­kaitė and others, that the idea was born, to publish the works of Joa­chim Gern and the still pho­to­gra­pher Frédé­ric Batier in a film book. As a publis­her, the liter­ary scho­lar Michael Töte­berg was won, as publis­her Kie­pen­heuer & Witsch. The book was alre­ady sold out at the end of 2018.
Joa­chim Gern’s pho­to­graphs, taken on the set of BABYLON BERLIN, are artisti­cally free works and claim their own pho­to­gra­phic world in Ber­lin of 1929, recrea­ted for the film. Gern’s pro­duc­tions pene­trate to the core of the por­trayed, expo­sing their innards. With the help of facial expres­si­ons and habi­tus, cos­tume and mask, scene design and light, he crea­tes indi­vi­du­als whose aura rea­ches beyond their story told in the film. In this respect, the pho­to­graphs by Joa­chim Gern of the set for BABYLON BERLIN prove to be works of the hig­hest por­trait art.

About the artist: Joa­chim Gern comes from Schleswig-Holstein, lives in Ber­lin and pho­to­graphs por­traits, fashion and free pro­jects. He works for maga­zi­nes such as STERN and ZEIT, pho­to­graphs film pos­ters (inter alia, Good­bye Lenin, Mr. Leh­mann, The heart is a dark forest). The focus of his work are por­traits of actors (inclu­ding Chris­toph Waltz, Mar­tina Gedeck, Har­ri­son Ford, Johanna Woka­lek, Jan Josef Lie­fers) and wri­ters (inclu­ding Ian McE­wan, Nor­man Ohler, Sis­sel –Jo Gazan). The early work “Soul Exci­ta­ti­ons from Second Hand” (1989) was pre­sen­ted with the ensem­ble of the Schau­bühne Ber­lin, fol­lo­wed by “Ger­man Film­stars” (2001) at the Film­mu­seum Ber­lin, “Hats by Fiona Ben­nett” (2005), as well as many par­ti­ci­pa­ti­ons in group exhi­bi­ti­ons such as “I have a dream” (2005/06) from the ZEIT.