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Roland Fischer. Architectures

Roland Fischer's work occupies a very important position in the art of the end of the early twenty-first century. Back in the 1980s he was the first to take the art of portrait photography to a monumental format, investing it with a new pictorial sense. His photographs of architecture have also become internationally renowned and form part of important public and private collections.

The artist comes from a generation of leading photographers who, basing themselves on the pioneering work by Bernd and Hilla Becher, have taken up the baton of the Düsseldorf School to create some of the most important contributions to contemporary photography. While people such as Candida Höffer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky, among others, focused their gaze on architecture to capture different urban environments, buildings and historical places with the ultimate authenticity and detail, Fischer's photographic work in the area of architecture stands out for combining the objectivity and realist distance of the Düsseldorf School with the subjectivity and potential manipulation offered by today's digital techniques. As the artist himself explains, "by means of photography, unfiltered profiles of the visible world can be captured directly. Their permeability, together with the potential manipulation offered by computers, provides us with different options for representing reality".

As Dieter Ronte recalls in his introductory text, in Roland Fischer's work the computer becomes a kind of camera obscura that replaces the atelier, making it possible for artistic experimentation to achieve limits that were unthinkable just a few decades ago, shown to us as something "existing" or "real", not as the result of the sum or alteration of various images. In this respect, the typically superimposed images in Fischer's photographs of cathedrals contrast with the objective distance of his "new architectures", where the artist makes use of different vantage points, framings and digital alterations to create a "third reality" that seduces and intrigues us with its powerful presence, often very close to the abstraction found in paintings.

The "Architectures" exhibition by Roland Fischer, especially designed for the Planta Noble or main floor of Casal Solleric, reflects this multiplicity of solutions and interests and the subtle balance embodied in their production, located at the boundaries of reality and fiction. Made up of his famous series dedicated to cathedrals, palaces and historical places such as the Alhambra, the exhibition also contains an extensive but select group of photographs of museums, sports halls, houses and other buildings by leading modern, contemporary architects, also including two new versions of the cathedral in Palma de Mallorca.

This exhibition, produced and organised by the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics in close collaboration with the Fundació Palma Espai d'Art and with a catalogue especially published for the occasion, is a wonderful opportunity to get to know pieces that exemplify the perfect pairing of photography and architecture, a diverse and highly personal work that treats both ancient relics and the most radical examples of present-day creativity with the same approach and distance. In fact, every single piece of work created by Roland Fischer speaks of man's place in the world. Each of his photographs pursues that essential truth, that tangible or intangible value which, in the case of good architecture, can be found at any time and in any place.

Roland Fischer's work has been shown in over 35 solo exhibitions in museums and art institutions worldwide, among them the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Saarland Museum in Saarbrucken and the CGAC in Santiago de Compostela.

Pilar Ribal

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Direcció: Pilar Ribal

Institucions: Govern de les Illes Balears, Conselleria d'Educació Cultura i Universitats, Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, Ajuntament de Palma de Mallorca, Fundació Turisme Palma de Mallorca 365 i Fundación Banco Santander

Comissari: Dieter Ronte

Col·labora: Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani

Duration: since 30 of october 2014 until 6 of january 2015 .

Place of celebration Casal Solleric. Planta Noble

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Date of last modification: 26 of January 2015


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