The Endurance of the Moment

Erwin Olaf, Shanghai: Hangpu - The Journey (2017), archival print, 60,5 x 80,4 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Erwin Olaf, Shanghai: Hangpu - The Journey (2017), archival print, 60,5 x 80,4 cm
Erwin Olaf, Waiting: Shenzhen II (2014), silver gelatine print, 47,5 x 26 cm, Ed. 7 + 2 AP Galerie Wagner + Partner
Erwin Olaf, Waiting: Shenzhen II (2014), silver gelatine print, 47,5 x 26 cm, Ed. 7 + 2 AP
Erwin Olaf, Waiting: Nairobi II (2014), silver gelatine print, 47,5 x 26 cm, Ed. 7 + 2 AP Galerie Wagner + Partner
Erwin Olaf, Waiting: Nairobi II (2014), silver gelatine print, 47,5 x 26 cm, Ed. 7 + 2 AP
Erwin Olaf, Divine and Fatsy (1982), c-print, 47 x 33 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Erwin Olaf, Divine and Fatsy (1982), c-print, 47 x 33 cm
Roman Signer, Beim Chef (2009) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Roman Signer, Beim Chef (2009)
Thomas Wrede, Magic Feelings Nr. 21 (1997), silver gelatine print, 11,5 x 8,5 cm (framed: 43 x 35 cm) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Thomas Wrede, Magic Feelings Nr. 21 (1997), silver gelatine print, 11,5 x 8,5 cm (framed: 43 x 35 cm)
Thomas Wrede, Magic Feelings Nr. 18 (1997), silver gelatine print, 11,5 x 8,5 cm (framed: 43 x 35 cm) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Thomas Wrede, Magic Feelings Nr. 18 (1997), silver gelatine print, 11,5 x 8,5 cm (framed: 43 x 35 cm)
Thomas Wrede, Magic Feelings Nr. 00 (1997), silver gelatine print, 11,5 x 8,5 cm (framed: 43 x 35 cm) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Thomas Wrede, Magic Feelings Nr. 00 (1997), silver gelatine print, 11,5 x 8,5 cm (framed: 43 x 35 cm)
Thomas Wrede, Magic Feelings Nr. 29 (1997), silver gelatine print, 11,5 x 8,5 cm (framed: 43 x 35 cm) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Thomas Wrede, Magic Feelings Nr. 29 (1997), silver gelatine print, 11,5 x 8,5 cm (framed: 43 x 35 cm)
Bertram Hasenauer, You somehow slip away (2008), acrylic on wood, 80 x 67 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Bertram Hasenauer, You somehow slip away (2008), acrylic on wood, 80 x 67 cm
Bertram Hasenauer, Untitled (2018), oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Bertram Hasenauer, Untitled (2018), oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm
Bertram Hasenauer, Untitled (2018), oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner
Bertram Hasenauer, Untitled (2018), oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm
 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Repair Shop, Christopher Street, New York, 1947 (1979), silver gelatine print Galerie Wagner + Partner
Repair Shop, Christopher Street, New York, 1947 (1979), silver gelatine print
Triboro Barber School, 264 Bowery, New York, 1935 (1979), silver gelatine print Galerie Wagner + Partner
Triboro Barber School, 264 Bowery, New York, 1935 (1979), silver gelatine print
Zito's Bakery (Bread Store), 259 Bleeker Street, New York, 1938 (1979), silver gelatine print Galerie Wagner + Partner
Zito's Bakery (Bread Store), 259 Bleeker Street, New York, 1938 (1979), silver gelatine print
André Kertesz, New York City, 10 July 1977 Galerie Wagner + Partner
André Kertesz, New York City, 10 July 1977

Wagner + Partner is pleased to announce the opening of its new premises with the launch of the thematic exhibition, Die Dauer des Moments (The Moment’s Duration). As a crack in time, the “moment”, possesses unique qualities - it is exciting, unbearable, poetic, unpredictable … and? it can also be instantaneously brief.

Since its inception, photography has harnessed not only light but also the technical skills to capture one moment in time. Consequently, the exhibition looks to the 20th-century photographers André Kertész and Berenice Abbott, who address this fact in an exemplary manner with the bygone scenes they once captured from everyday life. These are complemented by the work of the renowned photographer Erwin Olaf, whose series Waiting addresses the insufferableness of waiting. Olaf also addresses the tremendous upheaval in Chinese society in his current series, Shanghai, which is exhibited for the first time in Germany.   

Magic Feelings (1997) is an unusual series of black and white portraits by the German photographic artist Thomas Wrede, which catch the enraptured, almost indefinable facial expressions of people in the breathtaking moment of the steep descent of a rollercoaster ride.    

The photographs in this exhibition celebrate the instantaneous and are juxtaposed by the quietly poetic works of Bertram Hasenauer and Sophia Pompéry. Hasenauer’s portrait paintings hint at the fleeting nature of an encounter, the maybe of a liaison. Sophia Pompéry’s installation, Der Schnee von gestern (Yesterday’s Snow) explores the impossible act of capturing the moment by exhibiting snow from 2006, and in doing so, the work becomes an imaginative play on this parable. Pompéry has a humorous knack of presenting unusual and banal connections in perceptible ways and these surprises are a common element of her practice.  

These works can be read as social commentary on our exceedingly digitised and efficient times, which leave less room for the useless, boring or unpredictable. The exhibition marks the beginning of a series of thematic group exhibitions, which will become a focus for Wagner + Partner in the new Mitte location.