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Volkswagen as partner for the exhibition "Andreas Mühe – Pathos as Distance" at the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg

  • The exhibition "Andreas Mühe – Pathos as Distance" can be visited at the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg from May 19 to August 20, 2017
  • The extensive show provides the first comprehensive look into the creative work of the young German photographic artist who has already received numerous awards
  • As part of Volkswagen's engagement with cultural institutions and artists, the Group has been supporting Andreas Mühe for several years
Andreas Mühe, 2010 (2016) © VG Bildkunst Bonn 2017.

With the exhibition "Andreas Mühe – Pathos as Distance", the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg is presenting a multifaceted and at the same time compelling oeuvre of a still young, yet already internationally recognized artist: from May 19 to August 20, 2017. For several years now, the Volkswagen Group has accompanied the artist born in 1979 in Karl-Marx-Stadt within the context of its international commitment as partner of the arts and culture.

"Artistic composition, political signatures and romantic subjects all coalesce in Mühe's elaborately composed work, thus making a statement somewhere between spacious art, pointedly commissioned work and personal picture album," notes Ingo Taubhorn, curator of the exhibition "Pathos as Distance", explaining Andreas Mühe's photographic staging. The constantly dialectic relationship between pathos and distance characterize his work. Contradictory thoughts, repeatedly changing perspectives and the transformation of pathos into distance, Andreas Mühe associates all of these aspects with his family heritage as well as contemporary history.

In doing so, Mühe directs our attention to German cultural and historical treasures, which he interprets using distinct aesthetics, and also to his analysis of timeless gestures and forms of human expression. For his fascinating and, at the same time, irritating stagings, Andreas Mühe draws on images from the Canon of Art History, thereby creating familiar scenarios that also cause visitors to reflect upon what they have seen. Andreas Mühe takes a stance.

The artist's work has recently been displayed at various venues. Since 2010, there have been exhibitions in Rostock, NRW Forum Düsseldorf, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin or Benaki-Museum in Athens. The House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg will feature the entire spectrum of Mühe's oeuvre for the first time ever.

Benita von Maltzahn, Head of Cultural and Social Engagement at Volkswagen Group Communications, emphasizes the special nature of this cultural partnership: "Being able to accompany an artist's journey is a highly worthwhile endeavor within our cultural commitment. We have been associated with the Andreas Mühe's ideas and works for many years now, and want to do our part to ensure that this extraordinary feat of photographic artwork achieves a broad range of public recognition.

Note: More information at www.deichtorhallen.de