Thomas Wrede

The Luminous Screen (2015), Lambda Print, 140 x 190 cm, Ed 5 + 2AP and 95 x 130 cm, Ed 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
The Luminous Screen (2015), Lambda Print, 140 x 190 cm, Ed 5 + 2AP and 95 x 130 cm, Ed 7
Fred & Red´s Cafe (2015), Lambda-Print, 170 x 220 cm, Ed. 5 +2AP, and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Fred & Red´s Cafe (2015), Lambda-Print, 170 x 220 cm, Ed. 5 +2AP, and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7
Früher Morgen bei den Korallenmoosinseln (2016), Lambda-Print, 140 x 220 cm, Ed 5 + 2AP and 95 x 140 cm, Ed 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Früher Morgen bei den Korallenmoosinseln (2016), Lambda-Print, 140 x 220 cm, Ed 5 + 2AP and 95 x 140 cm, Ed 7
Weiße Stadt am Berg (2016), Lambda-Print, 140 x 220 cm, Ed 5 + 2AP and 95 x 140 cm, Ed 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Weiße Stadt am Berg (2016), Lambda-Print, 140 x 220 cm, Ed 5 + 2AP and 95 x 140 cm, Ed 7
Construction Ruins (2012), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed.5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Construction Ruins (2012), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed.5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7
At the Canyon (2007), Lamba Print/Diasec, 170 x 240 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7  Galerie Wagner + Partner
At the Canyon (2007), Lamba Print/Diasec, 170 x 240 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7
After the Rain (2012), Lamba Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7  Galerie Wagner + Partner
After the Rain (2012), Lamba Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7
Drive in Theater (2009), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 190, Ed.5 and 95 x 130 cm, Ed. 7  Galerie Wagner + Partner
Drive in Theater (2009), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 190, Ed.5 and 95 x 130 cm, Ed. 7
Beach Hotel (2008), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed.5  and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7  Galerie Wagner + Partner
Beach Hotel (2008), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed.5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7
Tertiary Valley (2008), Lamba Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7  Galerie Wagner + Partner
Tertiary Valley (2008), Lamba Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7
End of the Road (2014), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7  Galerie Wagner + Partner
End of the Road (2014), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7
Fjord (2010), Lamba Print/Diasec, 170 x 225 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 135 cm, Ed. 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Fjord (2010), Lamba Print/Diasec, 170 x 225 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 135 cm, Ed. 7
Ice Hole (2010), Lamba Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Ice Hole (2010), Lamba Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7
Football Pitch (2008), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Football Pitch (2008), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 180 cm, Ed. 5 and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7
After the flood (2012), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 200 cm, Ed. 5 in and 95 x 135 cm, Ed. 7  Galerie Wagner + Partner
After the flood (2012), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 200 cm, Ed. 5 in and 95 x 135 cm, Ed. 7
Road to nowhere (2012), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 180, Ed. 5 cm and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7  Galerie Wagner + Partner
Road to nowhere (2012), Lambda Print/Diasec, 140 x 180, Ed. 5 cm and 95 x 120 cm, Ed. 7
Roller Coaster Ruin (2013), Lambda Print/Diasec, 120 x 250 cm, Ed. 5 and 80 x 165 cm,  Ed. 7  Galerie Wagner + Partner
Roller Coaster Ruin (2013), Lambda Print/Diasec, 120 x 250 cm, Ed. 5 and 80 x 165 cm, Ed. 7
Exhibition view at the gallery (2013) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Exhibition view at the gallery (2013)
Exhibition view in the gallery (2013) Galerie Wagner + Partner
Exhibition view in the gallery (2013)

Wrapped Landscapes (2004/05)


For this series, Wrede pursued an opposite approach to his 'Real Landscapes'-series: Instead of a mise-en scène with the help of models, he photographed model-kit trees and grasses in close-up as ‘found objects’ through their original wrapping and enlarged them to such an extent that the comical plants appear like prehistoric giants. Without the helpful visual references, the inversion of size allows the viewer to perceive these photographs unconventionally, as well as to interpret them.


Hochtannen (2004), Lambda-Print, 120 x 120 cm, Ed 5 + 2 AP Galerie Wagner + Partner
Hochtannen (2004), Lambda-Print, 120 x 120 cm, Ed 5 + 2 AP
Blühende Obstbäume (2005), Lamba-Print, 120 x 180 cm, Ed 5 + 2 AP Galerie Wagner + Partner
Blühende Obstbäume (2005), Lamba-Print, 120 x 180 cm, Ed 5 + 2 AP
Tannen vor Gebirgslandschaft (2004), Lamba-Print, 120 x 120 cm, Ed 5 + 2 AP Galerie Wagner + Partner
Tannen vor Gebirgslandschaft (2004), Lamba-Print, 120 x 120 cm, Ed 5 + 2 AP
Sträucher (2004), Lamba-Print, 40 x 40 cm, Ed 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Sträucher (2004), Lamba-Print, 40 x 40 cm, Ed 7
Kleine Bäume (2004), Lamba-Print, 40 x 60 cm, Ed 7 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Kleine Bäume (2004), Lamba-Print, 40 x 60 cm, Ed 7

Domestic Landscapes (2000/2014)

This early photographic project by Thomas Wrede is about artificial nature. The artist met different people at home where they decorated their spaces with photographic wall papers. Most of them show nature or cityscapes. Being again re-photographed by Wrede those interiors transform into a second nature.


Stehlampe und Kissen vor Gebirgslandschaft (2000/2014), Archival Pigment Print, 92 x 74 cm, Ed. 8 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Stehlampe und Kissen vor Gebirgslandschaft (2000/2014), Archival Pigment Print, 92 x 74 cm, Ed. 8
Tür in Herbstlandschaft (2001/2014), Archival Pigment Print, 92 x 99 cm, Ed. 8 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Tür in Herbstlandschaft (2001/2014), Archival Pigment Print, 92 x 99 cm, Ed. 8
Nordseemöwe vor Manhattan (2001/2014), Archival Pigment Print, 92 x 80 cm, Ed. 8 Galerie Wagner + Partner
Nordseemöwe vor Manhattan (2001/2014), Archival Pigment Print, 92 x 80 cm, Ed. 8
Thomas Wrede

*1964, Lethmate, Germany

Thomas Wrede's internationally exhibited serial works often challenge our concept and relationship with nature, landscape and imagery. His series simultaneously trigger a sense of familiarity and unfamiliarity. Wrede's choices of familiar scenes often induce a sense of nostalgia. However with the manipulation of the compositions and lighting effects of his photos, a feeling of uneasiness is inevitably evoked.
The idea behind Wrede's work is aptly summarized by the artist regarding one of his series, :
"For the past 20 years, the vantage point of my work has always begun with a deep emotional need to be linked with nature and the question of how this is presented within today's media. I am inclined to explore the boundaries between simulation and reality. In the series Real Landscapes (2004 – 2013), I reproduce the world as a sort of model kit. Large impact scenes are presented on a very small scale. Images and replicas vacillate between the idyllic and the catastrophic."

Wrede lives and works in Münster.


Education + Teaching

since 2015
Professor of Photography, Hochschule für Bildenden Künste, Essen, Germany
1998–2005
Teaching position of Photography at Kunstakademie Münster
1992
Meisterschüler of Professor G. Keusen, Kunstakademie, Münster, Germany
1991
Studied with Professor Dieter Appelt, Salzburg/Berlin, Germany
1985–1991
Concentrated study: Fine Arts, Kunstakademie Münster, Germany


Recent Solo Exhibitions

2017
Modell Landschaft. Fotografie, Altana Kulturstiftung, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany
The Luminous Screen, Galerie WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
2016
The Luminous Screen, Galerie Mike Karstens, Munster, Germany
2015

Fotografie (mit Anja Jensen), Neuen Galerie Gladbeck, Germany
Real Landscapes, Festival ParaPhoto, Torino, Italy
2014
Real Landscapes - Zwischen Sehnsucht und Debakel, Galerie Beck und Eggeling Düsseldorf
2013
Catastrophe & Idyll, Galerie WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin
Inszenierung und Wirklichkeit, Neue Galerie im Haus beda, Bitburg
Manhattan Picture Worlds, Open-Air Photographic Installations, Clervaux, Luxembourg
2012
The Promised Land, Beck & Eggling, Düsseldorf, Germany
Idyllen und andere Katastrophen, Galerie Mike Karstens, Münster, Germany
2011
Anywhere, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany
2010
Anywhere, Museum Kunst der Westküste auf Föhr und Kunstraum Sylt Quelle, Germany
Panorama, Galleria Civica G. Segantini, Arco/Riva del Garda, Italy
Manhattan Picture Worlds & Domestic Landscapes, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany



Recent Group Exhibitions

2016
Künstlerische Fotografie für Münster, Ein Vierteljahrhundert FHG, Stadtmuseum Münster
EMPTY ROOMS – Die Schönheit der Leere, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Alkersum/Föhr
Die große 2016, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf
2015
Open Spaces - Landschaften, Städtische Galerie, Neunkirchen, Germany
Ein Baum ist ein Baum, Galerie Beck & Eggeling, Düsseldorf, Germany
Krachtwerken, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, The Netherlands
2014

Elsewhere - Sehnsuchtsbilder in der zeitgenössischen Kunst , Kallmann-Museum Ismaning, Germany
Schwindel der Wirklichkeit, Akademie der Künste Berlin (16. 09. – 14. 12.2014)
Jenseits der Ansichtskarte. Die Alpen in der Fotografie, Voralberg Museum in Bregenz
2013
Jenseits der Ansichtskarte. Die Alpen in der Fotografie, Galerie Stihl Waiblingen
disturbance: of fiction and reality Land/Escape, Musée national d'Histoire et d'Art, Marché-aux-Poissons Luxembourg
kunst:raum sylt quelle
Religion & Riten, DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2012
New Media Reloaded, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany
Sylt im Spiegel zeitgenössischer Fotografie, Kunstraum des Willy-Brandt-Hauses, Berlin, Germany
Noorderlicht Photofestival 2012: Terra Cognita, Museum Belvédère Oranjewoud, Groningen, The Netherlands
Flowers For You, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, USA
Für Hund und Katz ist auch noch Platz, Fotografien aus der DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany
ELDERS AAN DE MAAS / woanders an der Maas, Venlo (Open Air), The Netherlands
2011
Photo Festival Seoul, Seoul Art Museum, South Corea
MärklinWorld, Kunsthal KadE, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Für Hund und Katz ist auch noch Platz, ART FOYER DZ BANK, Frankfurt/M., Germany
25 Jahre! Sammlung Henri Nannen und Überraschungs-Gäste, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany
2010
Out of the Office, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany
Elders / Elsewhere, Idylle en frictie in het landschap, Sint-Michielsgestel, The Netherlands
Open Landscape, with Peter Dreher, Friederike Jokisch, Josef Schulz, WAGNER + PARTNER, Berlin, Germany



Grants and Awards

2002
Fotografiepreis Wiesbaden, Kunstadapter Frankfurt/Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany.
Foto und Medienpreis Wiesbaden, „Geschwindigkeit – Terrain der Zeit", Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany.
1999–2000
DG-Bank Fotopreis (2.) Kunstpreis der deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken, Germany
1998–1999
Kunstpreis Münsterland der Sparkasse Coesfeld, Germany
1998
Förderpreis der Großen Ausstellung Düsseldorf, Germany
1997
Karl-Hofer Preis, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, Germany



Collections

Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art, Luxembourg
Fotografiesammlung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin
Sammlung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Sammlung des Landes NRW
DZ Bank, Frankfurt
Landesmuseum Münster
Helmond Museum, The Netherlands
Museum Kunst der Westküste
Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Grafiksammlung der Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Gandhara Advisors Asia Limited, Hong Kong
ING Collection, The Netherlands


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