“When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wander around and get lost, you can end up in the most unusual spots … I don’t know, it must be some sort of built-in radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange”, Wim Wenders explains. Wim Wenders’ photographs mostly capture places void of people: abandoned, forgotten or unknown landscapes. They exude a subtle melancholy, exemplify a poetry of the forgotten and present things on the verge of disappearance. In his photographs, Wenders does not capture conventional or everyday recognisable spaces; instead, he is interested in the “invisible” and hence looks for the unknown or the seemingly marginal. His intention with the photographs is to capture places and landscapes and to distil the memory of these.

Wim Wenders takes analogue photographs, the c-prints are analogue prints. All works are framed.

Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf in 1945. After two years of studying
medicine and philosophy and a yearlong stay in Paris as a painter he attended
the University of Television and Film in Munich from 1967 to 1970.
One of the most important figures to emerge from the “New German Cinema”
period in the 1970s, he was a founding member of the German film distribution
“Filmverlag der Autoren” in 1971 and he established his own production
company “Road Movies” in Berlin in 1975. Alongside directing atmospheric
auteur films Wenders works with the medium of photography, and his poignant
images of desolate landscapes engage themes including memory, time and
His photography series, “Pictures from the surface of the Earth” and “Places,
strange and quiet”, were exhibited in museums and art institutions around the
world. Wim Wenders has published numerous books with essays and
Wim Wenders became a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin in 1984. He
was awarded honorary doctorates at the Sorbonne University in Paris (1989),
the Theological Faculty of the University of Fribourg (1995), the University of
Louvain (2005) and the Architectural Faculty of the University of Catania (2010).
He is founding member and president of the European Film Academy and
member of the order Pour le Mérite. Currently he is teaching film as a professor
at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg.
Wenders lives in Berlin, together with his wife, photographer Donata Wenders.

Selected solo exhibitions
Pavlov's Dog, Berlin
2013 Format POLA
Polka Gallery, Paris
Galerie OstLicht, Vienna, Austria 2012
Deichtorhallen Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg, Germany 2012
Haunch of Venison, London, England 2011
MASP, São Paulo, Brasil 2010
Céline and Heiner Bastian, Berlin, Germany 2009
Omotesando Hills, Tokyo, Japan (with Donata Wenders) 2006
Multimedia Art Museum, Moskau, Russland
Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, Italy 2006
Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark 2004
James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA 2004
Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China 2004
Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China 2004
Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China 2004
Haunch of Venison, London, England 2003
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia 2003
City Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand 2003
Juerg Judin, Zurich, Switzerland 2003
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain 2002
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany 2001
2000 BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, Rose Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, USA
1996 WIM WENDERS: LANDSCAPE AND MEMORY, Gallery of Contemporary
Photography, Santa Monica, USA
WIM WENDERS: PHOTOS, Goethe Institutes worldwide
1994-95 ONCE – Photographs by Wim Wenders
Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Italy 1995
FNAC, Berlin, Germany 1995
Parco, Tokyo, Japan 1994
FNAC, Paris, France 1994
Villa delle Rose, Bologna, Italy 1994
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy 1993
San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian, Spain 1994
Sala Parpallo Palau Dels Scala, Valencia, Spain 1994
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark 1993
La Biennale die Venezia „Slittamenti“, Venice, Italy 1993
„Robert Adams – Wim Wenders“, Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany 1992
Musée de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland 1992
Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan 1992
Shibuya Seibu Dept. Store, Tokyo, Japan 1992
Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, 1991
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, Munich, Germany 1991
„Robert Adams – Wim Wenders“, Galerie Marie Louise Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland
PPS. Galerie F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg, Germany 1989
Städtische Galerie Schwarzes Kloster, Freiburg, Germany 1992
Saint-Yrieix-La-Perche, France 1990
Goethe Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark 1988
Goethe Institute, Stockholm, Sweden 1998
Film Society of Miami, Miami, USA 1988
Palazzo della Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy 1988
Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal 1987
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France 1986

Feature Films and Documentaries
2011 PINA (3D)
2008 Palermo Shooting
2005 Don’t Come Knocking
2004 Land of Plenty
2003 The Blues Series: The Soul of a Man
2002 Ode to Cologne
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel
1998 The Buena Vista Social Club
1997 The End of Violence
1996 A Trick of the Light
1995 Beyond the Clouds (with Michelangelo Antonioni)
1994 Lisbon Story
1993 Faraway, So Close!
1991 Until the End of the World
1989 Notebook on Cities and Clothes
1987 Wings of Desire
1985 Tokyo-Ga
1984 Paris, Texas
1982 The State of Things
1980 Nick’s Film – Lighting over Water
1977 The American Friend
1976 Kings of the Road
1975 Wrong Move
1973 Alice in the Cities
1972 The Scarlet Letter
1971 The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty
1970 Summer in the City

Short Films
2012 Notes from a Day in the Life of an Architect (Peter Zumthor at work)
2010 If Buildings Could Talk
2008 “8”: Person to Person
2007 War in Peace
Los Invisibles: Invisible Crimes
2002 Ten Minutes Older: Twelve Miles to Trona
1998 Willie Nelson at the Teatro
1992 Arisha, the Bear and the Stone Ring
1985 Tokyo-Ga
1982 Reverse Angle
Chambre 666
1974 Aus der Familie der Panzerechsen / Die Insel
1969 Alabama: 2000 Light Years from Home
3 American LP’s
1968 Silver City
1967 Schauplätze
Same Player Shoots Again

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