|PETRA WUNDERLICH (GERMANY)
ORGANIZED BY THE GOETHE INSTITUTE
27/2 - 29/3 1998
MACEDONIAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
TU - SA 10.00 - 14.00, 18.00 - 21.00
SU 11.00 - 15.00
Petra Wunderlich (b. 1954, in Gelsenkirchen) started out as a painter; by 1979, however, she had
abandoned all other visual media to express herself solely through the medium of photography.
Churches and quarries are her central themes. Facades, door-frames, columns, pillars and other
architectural features, anonymous human creations carrying within themselves the tradition of
centuries that, seen autonomously, isolated from their initial structures, acquire a new morphological
"My pictures frequently contain references to the history of art", says the artist, in allusion to Bernd
Becher, who has been a source of inspiration to all his students, and his multi-facetted approaches to
works of classical art.
Quarries empty of any human presence reveal forms shaped by nature and by human intervention.
Petra Wunderlich elicits an atmosphere full of the tension created between the anonymous sculptures,
chiselled out of the quarry wall as the stone was removed, and the crystalline form of the ancient rock,
an equally anonymous sculptural creation, the work of nature in bygone ages.