About the exhibition
Opening of Exhibitions "Simply Beauty" and
"Pussy Riot Unmasked" by artist Bert Verwelius on 17
September 2015 at the Kronsbein Gallery in Munich
Scantily dressed models meet Russian activists Pussy Riot: new double exhibition by Dutch photographer Bert Verwelius at the Kronsbein Gallery
What do beautiful and (almost) naked models have in common with the feminist punk-rockers Pussy Riot? September will see an exhibition devoted to them at the Kronsbein Gallery in the Wurzerstrasse in Munich. Gallery owners Sarah and Dirk G. Kronsbein will be showing the work of Dutch photographer Bert Verwelius in their exhibition rooms for the first time in Munich from 17 September.
Verwelius, who began taking photographs when he was just 14, and whose main job today is managing director of a major construction company, attracted considerable attention in 2014 with his artistic portrait of the punk-rock band Pussy Riot. His photographs, which appeared in an illustrated book at teNeues, show a completely different and hitherto unknown side of principal Pussy Riot performers Nadezda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, and their beauty. Now his second work, "Simply Beauty", features feminine naturalness and beauty in all its facets: whether scantily dressed or naked, in colour or in black and white. The gallery is devoting the first part of its new exhibition to these works. The illustrated volume of the same name, which was published in July, is being shown for the first time in Munich, in collaboration with teNeues and in the presence of the artist, as part of an exhibition.
The Gallery's second room features the works from the illustrated book Pussy Riot Unmasked. Verwelius persuaded the band's two principal performers, Nadezda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina – who with their demonstrations, such as the "punk prayer" in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral and their subsequent trial, have become icons of political protest – to take part in this unusual photo-shoot. Directly after they were released from the Russian prison camp, he made contact with the two women. Based on these activists' stories and sketches, he portrayed their life and work under detention in the camp in a series of pictures. These impressive photographs, both black and white and coloured, are being shown for the first time at the Kronsbein Gallery.
Over the last ten years Verwelius has been constantly developing his style; workshops by various well-known photographers all over the world have helped him in this. He has been adept since then at staging his work with different light sources. In his photo sessions Verwelius sees to everything himself; he plans, casts models, decorates the set, and sets up perfect lighting. Then he develops and edits the photographs; these processes, too, he learned from tuition by well-known celebrity photographers.
Another tip for art fans: the works of Stefan Szecesny, an artist living in St. Tropez, can be admired at the Kronsbein Gallery at the moment. The exhibition will finish on 10 September.