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Wim Wenders: Pictures from the Surface of the Earth

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


24 Jun 2003 to 31 Aug 2003

Guest curator: Heiner Bastian

about the exhibition

About the exhibition

Wim Wenders is widely recognised as one of the world’s most innovative and thoughtful film directors. Born in Dusseldorf in 1945, Wenders studied medicine, philosophy, painting and film. By the 1970s he was widely recognised as a leading director of the New German Cinema. His work has encompassed more than 30 short and feature length films including Paris, Texas (1984), Wings of Desire (1987), Until the End of the World (1991), Lisbon Story (1994), A Trick of the Light (1996), The End of Violence (1997), the award-winning music documentary Buena Vista Social Club (1998) and The Million Dollar Hotel (2000).

As a prolific, multi-faceted artist, Wenders channels his creative energy and extraordinary visual sensibility into work across a broad range of media, including watercolour and ink drawings, collage, cinema, photography and electronic images. He has also published several books including collections of photographs and essays, and reflections on filmmaking.

Wim Wenders: Pictures from the Surface of the Earth brought together 34 large-scale photographs taken by Wim Wenders during his travels across the globe over the previous 20 years. From panoramas of the American mid-west and Australia’s vast interior, to colourful city vistas and streetscapes taken in Havana, these images suggested a sense of voyaging, of exploration and a commitment to the physical experience of being 'on the road’.

Wenders’ camera also explored interiors, from a hotel lounge room in the mid-west states of America to the serene spaces of a Japanese temple. In November 2001 he visited the site of the World Trade Center, New York and produced an extraordinary series of photographs from Ground Zero.

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City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand: 25 October 2003 – 26 February 2004

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