Archive for March 28th, 2010


Exhibition: ‘Peter Loewy. Drawings | An Exhibition with Photographic Portraits’ at Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich

Exhibition dates: 9th February – 11th April 2010


Many thankx to the Pinakothek Der Moderne for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.




Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951) 'Dante Gabriel Rossetti' 2009


Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
© Peter Loewy


Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951) 'Ethnograpisch 1' 2009


Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951)
Ethnograpisch 1
© Peter Loewy


Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951) 'Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres' 2009


Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951)
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
© Peter Loewy



Over the past fifteen years, the Frankfurt-based photographer Peter Loewy (b. 1951) has gained prominence with a number of powerful series of works. His first book of photographs, Jüdisches (Jewish), was published in 1996, showing details taken from inside the family homes of both famous and unknown Jewish families in Frankfurt. This was followed by the volume Lèche-vitrine, as well as series on the IG Farben Building in Frankfurt and intimate pictures of the working environment of internationally acclaimed artists (Private Collection).

Loewy’s photographs of drawings by well and lesser-known artists from centuries past form a new cycle that is to be exhibited for the first time in the showcase passage at the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München in the Pinakothek der Moderne.

Quite by chance the photographer came across a book on ethnography and was fascinated by the ‘photographic’ accuracy, use of perspective and shading of drawings of people from the most varied of cultures, depicted in their respective local dress. He switched off the automatic focus option, zoomed in so closely that only a detail could be seen, and selected a filter and distance that went against any standard logic until he achieved a rich blurred image. “I was thrilled”, writes Loewy. “On my display I had a picture that was out of focus, not a drawing. I felt as if I had brought the person back to life – that’s how full of himself a photographer can be compared to a draughtsman. … As a lover of drawings I felt I had to rummage through the history of art as well, or rather masses of books, and revive people from across the centuries in the form of photos. That’s how a mass of portraits of famous and unknown people came about. I also produced a collection of famous and unknown artists, too, who I enshrouded in a misty blurredness.”

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Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951) 'Petrus Christus' 2009


Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951)
Petrus Christus
© Peter Loewy


Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951) 'Gustav Klimt' 2009


Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951)
Gustav Klimt
© Peter Loewy


Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951) 'Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn' 2009


Peter Loewy (Israel, b. 1951)
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
© Peter Loewy



Pinakothek Der Moderne
Barer Strasse 40

Gallery hours:
Daily except Monday 10am – 6pm
Thursday 10am – 8pm

Pinakothek Der Moderne website


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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, an art and cultural memory archive, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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