Bertien van Manen, an icon of documentary photography, is honored with an extensive retrospective exhibition in her hometown of Amsterdam at Stedelijk Museum in spring. Coinciding with this large museum show, Robert Morat Gallery is now presenting a survey of van Manen’s work in “Book Stories” – a solo exhibition at the gallery’s Berlin premises.
Throughout her career, renowned Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen (*1942, The Hague) has been known for her publications. Her first two photo books, “One Hundred Summers, One Hundred Winters” (De Verbeelding, Amsterdam, 1994) and “East Wind, West Wind” (De Verbeelding, Amsterdam, 2001), have established her reputation as an artist and uncompromising documentarist. Today both are rare, sought-after collectibles on the photobook market.
Following the success of “One Hundred Summers, One Hundred Winters” and “East Wind, West Wind” the book project “Give Me Your Image” (Steidl, Göttingen, 2006) led to great international recognition and solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, the Fine Arts Museum in Boston or the Museum Ludwig in Budapest.
Since 2011 van Manen has been publishing exclusively with MACK Books in London. The first book there was titled “Let’s sit down before we go” (Mack Books, London, 2011), followed by “Easter and Oak Trees” (Mack Books, London, 2013), “Moonshine” (Mack Books, London , 2014), “Beyond Maps andAtlases” (Mack Books, London, 2016) and “I will be Wolf” (Mack Books, London, 2017).
The exhibition includes individual images and work contexts from all published series aiming to provide an overview of over 25 years of photographic work and in particular to underline the influential role of Bertien van Manen as a photobook artist.
BERTIEN VAN MANEN
ROBERT MORAT GALLERY
THROUGH 07 MARCH 2020