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PHOTOGRAPHS 1959 - 1966
Kåre Kivijärvi
Solon med torsk (Solon with cod)
1965
Offset print
50 x 70 cm

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PHOTOGRAPHS 1959 - 1966

Exhibition: 29 Apr – 9 Jun 2017

Fri 28 Apr 19:00 - 21:00

Galerie Michael Janssen

Potsdamer Str. 63
10969 Berlin

+49 (0)30-25927250


www.galeriemichaeljanssen.de

Tue-Sat 11-18

PHOTOGRAPHS 1959 - 1966
Kåre Kivijärvi
Kaalhode, Essen (Cabbage)
1960
Silvergelatin vintage print
49 x 39 cm

Kåre Kivijärvi
Photographs 1959 - 1966

Exhibition: April 29 - June 9, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, april 28, 6-9pm

Michael Janssen is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Germany by the Norwegian photographer and artist Kåre Kivijärvi (1938-1991). On view will be a selection of his early iconic black and white vintage prints. Additionally we screen a documentary film about him by the known Norwegian filmmaker Knut Erik Jensen.

Photographer Kåre Kivijärvi was at his most productive during the 1960s. Some of his more famous images are of the fishing community in Barents Sea. Kivijärvi’s breakthrough in Norway came in 1971 when he was selected as the first photographer to participate in Statens Høstutstilling, the State-sponsored art exhibition held every autumn in Oslo. Today, he is regarded as a pioneer in Norwegian photography. Kivijärvi used the term “the moment of truth” to describe the moment he took a picture. Kivijärvi was born in Hammerfest and always professed a connection to the ethnic heritage of the Kven and to Finland. After working as a photographer‘s apprentice in Finnmark Dagblad, he was in 1959 accepted at Folkwangschule für Gestaltung in Essen, Germany, where he studied with Otto Steinert.

After having served in the Norwegian air force as an aerial photographer, he accepted a position as freelance photographer for Helsingin Sanomat‘s weekly newsmagazine Viikkosanomat, which brought him on assignment to Greenland, the Soviet Union, Afghanistan, India, and Nepal. It can be said that he contributed to establish photography as a distinct art form in Norway. Kivijärvi‘s photographic style is noted for its stark, sparse imagery. His photo essay on Laestadians in Northern Norway in 1962 is a noted example of this style, as are his depiction of desolate landscapes and harsh climates.

Currently the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo is presenting the extensive exhibition "Kåre Kivijärvi – Artist with a Camera". It contains a number of key works by Kivijärvi which, along with works on loan from The Museum of Reconstruction in Hammerfest and Norway’s Sami Parliament, have been brought together to show the full breadth of his oeuvre.

PHOTOGRAPHS 1959 - 1966
Kåre Kivijärvi
Verdens ende/Grense/Stappene/Gjesvaerstappene (Worlds End/Border)
1965
Silvergelatin vintage print
30 x 40 cm

Kåre Kivijärvi
"Photographs 1959 - 1966"


Ausstellung: 29. April bis 9. Juni 2017
Eröffnung: Freitag, 28. April, 18-21 Uhr

Die Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin zeigt zum Auftakt des Gallery Weekends eine Auswahl von Vintage-Prints aus Kåre Kivijärvis produktivster Schaffenszeit zwischen 1959 und 1962 sowie einen Dokumentarfilm des bekannten norwegischen Filmermachers Knut Eric Jensen.

Kivijärvi zählt zu den Pionieren der skandinavischen Fotografie. Mit seinen überwiegend Schwarz-weiß-Aufnahmen gehörte er zu den ersten, die mit ihren Arbeiten in den 1960er Jahren dazu beitrugen die Fotografie in Norwegen als eigenständige Kunstform zu etablieren. Als einer der Lieblingsschüler von Otto Steinert an der Folkwangschule für Gestaltung in Essen folgte Kivijärvi dessen Lehren und setzt an Stelle der reinen dokumentarischen Abbildung auf die Autonomie der eigenen Bildwirklichkeit.

Fast 30 Jahre nach seinem Tod ist Kivijäris Werk in Norwegen wiederentdeckt worden und erfährt jetzt große Anerkennung. Das renommierte Museum für zeitgenössische und moderne Kunst Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo eröffnete Ende März 2017 eine umfassende Retrospektive. Kåre Kivijärvis Arbeiten werden dort bis zum 18. Februar 2018 zu sehen sein.

PHOTOGRAPHS 1959 - 1966
Kåre Kivijärvi
Ung gronlandsk kvinne/Rutti, Ost-Gronland (Young Greenlandic woman / Rutti, Ost-Gronland)
1965
Silvergelatin vintage print
30,5 x 20,5 cm
PHOTOGRAPHS 1959 - 1966
Kåre Kivijärvi, Ung barbestyrer, Malaga 1959-60
Silvergelatin vintage print, 30 x 20 cm
PHOTOGRAPHS 1959 - 1966
Kåre Kivijärvi, Nonner i sne (Nuns in the snow) 1965 Vintage silk print 42 x 30 cm