We can take the party either to want to look at documentary photos in an exhibition, or those which are entirely staged and only engaged on artistic aspects. In the current exhibition of photographer Andreas Mühe in Dresden, however, reality and fiction meet and are sometimes difficult …
We can take the party either to want to look at documentary photos in an exhibition, or those which are entirely staged and only engaged on artistic aspects. In the current exhibition of photographer Andreas Mühe in Dresden, however, fact and fiction meet and are sometimes difficult to distinguish. The world is confused enough, do we also need this confusion when we walk through this exhibition in Dresden?
The artist, who now lives in Berlin – born in 1979 in Karl-Marx-Stadt and son of actor Ulrich Mühe – has officially photographed Angela Merkel several times in her chancellery. Whether it’s laying the foundation stone for a business, touring the United States with Barack Obama or taking a trip to India – these images are in the exhibition with the long title “Andreas Mühe – All what was not before is future, if it is not right is now. AM “seen. The quote comes from Merkel herself, according to the exhibition presented by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.
However, it was also a struggle to create a double Merkel – with her mother Annegret Hahn. For his new photo series “Kanzlerbungalow” he dressed her in a blazer and obviously also with a wig like Merkel and photographed her in Bonn at the home where the former chancellor resided. The false chancellor can only be seen from behind, she is the only person in these very bright and tidy rooms, she looks out of the windows or in front of her. Or – the effort has a sense of humor – clean the windows every now and then. In another series, “AM – Eine Deutschlandreise” from 2013, the woman a la Merkel, who can only be seen from behind from the side, still looks out of a car window Germany – the Zugspitze, the cliffs of chalk, the head of Marx in Chemnitz. There are also replayed scenes, but maybe there is a real one among the bad ones? And that’s how we start to reflect on reality and fiction. Becomes precarious. Is a little bored. But it is justified. Effort is an artist. Art is allowed to play. And get excited – this is what Mühe recently said when he confirmed that he would also like to contribute to the art of the Purple Path in the Ore Mountains – this is a project for the year of the cultural capital of Chemnitz 2025. Art can also subvert a subject a roundabout route. In Dresden, Mühe encourages us on the question of the credibility of images – a hot topic in a world of fake news. But it’s more than that, if you take your time and let the photos, especially the reproduced ones, work, they are almost a mediation aid: take a deep breath and reflect on ourselves and our country. The photographs are therefore also the artistic symbolization that a chapter closes. And the question arises as to where things will go when Angela Merkel bids farewell to the fall after 16 years.
The exhibition “Andreas Mühe – All that hasn’t been is the future if not now. AM” can be seen at the Lipsiusbau in Dresden until August 29th. www.skd.museum