Current Exhibition

Miron Zownir – City Landscapes

7 September 2019 - 19 October 2019

In a new exhibition, Bene Taschen Gallery presents an impressive journey through time into the urban landscapes of the German-Ukrainian photographer Miron Zownir.

A cross-section of his oeuvre over the last forty years includes such photographic projects as Berlin Noir, NYC RIP, Ukrainian Night and Down and Out in Moscow and opens up a new perspective on the work of one of the most radical representatives of international documentary photography.

While his photographic work has focused since its inception on marginalized individuals and social fringe groups, the current exhibition CITY LANDSCAPES offers a glimpse into the city as a naked backdrop for urban life. People withdraw from the observational focus and are casually exiled to the periphery of the scene. But even from there, the individual’s forlornness continues to manifest itself more or less visibly at surface level, surrounded by crumbling facades, eye-catching advertising, apocalyptic ruins and fire walls full of bullet holes.

Miron Zownir’s urban landscapes of West Berlin at the end of the 1970s, the reunited German capital, the social ghettos of Eastern Europe or US metropolises such as New York City and Los Angeles reflect a timeless and melancholic dreariness. Everywhere appears enchanted in Zownir’s images, places abandoned by man and God, they are allegories of repression, destruction and transformation. What remains is a seemingly inhuman emptiness that makes us anxious and thoughtful.

Opening:
Friday, September 6, 2019, 6 – 9 pm

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Friday, 1 – 6 pm, Saturday 11 am – 4 pm or by appointment

Address:
Moltkestraße 81
50674 Cologne

Image: © Miron Zownir, NYC 1981, Silver gelatin print,  27,9 x 35,6 cm (11 x 14 in.)

 

Moscow 1995

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Moscow 1995

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
40 x 30 cm (15.7 x 11.8 in.)

NYC 1981

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Berlin 2009

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Los Angeles 2016

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
40 x 30 cm (15.7 x 11.8 in.)

Berlin 1979

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Kiev 2013

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Berlin 1979

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

NYC 1982

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Berlin 1980

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Berlin 1979

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Berlin 1980

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Berlin 1980

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Bremen 2015

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Blackpool 2017

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
40 x 30 cm (15.7 x 11.8 in.)

Berlin 1979

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Berlin 2019

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Spain 2000

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Baia Mare 2018

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Berlin 1978

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Berlin 1979

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Los Angeles 2016

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
40 x 30 cm (15.7 x 11.8 in.)

NYC 1982

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
30 x 40 cm (11.8 x 15.7 in.)

Berlin 1982

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 13 plus 2 AP (1/13)
40 x 30 cm (15.7 x 11.8 in.)