Wundercamera

In something of a role reversal, new show Wundercamera makes the gallery the star of the show, presenting a series of images that celebrate the spaces usually associated with passively housing the artworks that take the limelight.

Karl Grimes, Brown Bear, 1998
Karl Grimes, Brown Bear, 1998

The exhibition, which opens in west London next week, will present 100 images by international photographers including Mark Dion, Karl Grimes, Vid Ingelevics, Karen Knorr, Louise Lawler and Museum Clausum (Klaus Wehner), who also curated the show.

Matt Stuart, Tate Modern #03

Source: ©Matt Stuart

Matt Stuart, Tate Modern #03

The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the art of curation, exploring how different cultural venues around the world present their pieces, and how the feel of the show is shaped by the reaction of its visitors.

Valery Katsuba, Gymnast at the Art Academy Museum (2) St. Petersburg, 2008

Source: ©Valery Katsuba

Valery Katsuba, Gymnast at the Art Academy Museum (2) St. Petersburg, 2008

As such, focus shifts from individual exhibits to the exhibition design and the space.

A highlight for us is this haunting image of partially covered Macaws by Richard Ross:

Richard Ross, Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, 1982

Source: ©Richard Ross

Richard Ross, Museum National D’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, 1982

Ingelevics takes a rather different approach in his images, which turn the lens onto the forgotten spaces that connect various galleries within a museum:

Vid Ingelevics, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen #17a Rotterdam, 2006

Source: ©Vid Ingelevics

Vid Ingelevics, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen #17a Rotterdam, 2006

The Museum Clausum series, Now and Then, uses a combination of monochrome images and full-colour photographs of collections at the Sir John Soane’s Museum:

From the series Museum Clausum, Soane Mania, Now and Then #07

Source: ©Museum Clausum/Courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum

From the series Museum Clausum, Soane Mania, Now and Then #07

These are presented alongside Clausum’s video installation Soane Time, which looks to intimate a ‘time-warped’ CCTV link to the Lincoln’s Inn Fields museum.

Karen Knorr, The Order of Things

Source: ©Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr, The Order of Things

Wundercamera runs from 22 November – 11 January 2014 at PM Gallery & House, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London W5

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