– 23 April 2017
In the early 1990s, Juergen Teller became world-famous for his unembellished photographic portraits of supermodels like Kate Moss and as the official tour photographer of the cult band Nirvana. Until 23 April 2017 the Kunstpalais [Art Palace] in Erlangen is holding a large individual show devoted to work by Teller, who was born in Erlangen.
After studying photography in Munich, Teller moved to London in the mid-1980s to work as a freelance photographer. It was to mark the beginning of an international career. His talent for capturing the characters of famous personalities in intimate moments became his artistic strategy. His nude photographs of the American Hollywood legend Charlotte Rampling in the Paris Louvre are exemplary of this talent and style. He focuses on everyday intimacy with a clear, documentary light and colour aesthetics and has thus developed a completely new style, one that resulted in a professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg in 2014.
His Frankish origins are a recurring theme in his pictures, and this is also true of the photographs in this exhibition – conceived specially for Erlangen and the Kunstpalais. Teller overrides the commercial side of his work by playing with expectations and being provocative. An example of this is his photographs for the auction house Phillips de Pury and Co., for whom Teller photographed the jewellery catalogue in the spring of 2005. Instead of using professional models, he hired his own family and broke with the tradition and aesthetics of the famous auction house. His mother Irene Teller, in particular, has been a vital link between these worlds in recent years. Teller himself describes the exhibition as “bizarre and romantic”.
The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The regular entrance fee is 4 Euros.