Curtains at St. Mark’s Square
An oriental tent on the sea
Ursula Schulz-Dornburg (born 1938) has been taking photographs primarily in Asia and the Near East of specific structures that are significant in their given cultures and at the same time precarious. With Curtains on Piazza San Marco in Venice (1973) and Palace Pier, Brighton (1976) the Stiftung Insel Hombroich is now exhibiting the the photographer’s first groups of works. The two projects introduce her engagement with architectural structures and spatial complexes whose survival is uncertain. Here, both analog and in black-and-white, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg devotes herself to the one spot in a city that defines its collective consciousness. At first glance very different—here an exposed engineering structure, there a repetitive piazza facade—the two architectures, built over piling, have risen above the water, and forming scenographic spaces by such simple means as boards and fabric, present surprising similarities. We see these outstanding tourist sights in a clarity now lost.
Curtains on Piazza San Marco in Venice was published in 1974 (Studio Dumont, Cologne) and exhibited in 1975 in the galleries Heiner Friedrich, Munich, and Wittrock, Düsseldorf. Palace Pier, Brighton was published in 1976 (Studio Dumont, Cologne) and exhibited in that same year in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum in Krefeld
Both projects were developed in collaboration with Katharina Sattler, whose architectural drawings are also being shown in the exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Frank Boehm
September 9 to December 9 2018
Friday to Sunday and holidays, 12.00 – 17.00
The work series Sonnenstand (1991) by Ursula Schulz-Dornburg is again being permanently installed as of 23 September 2018 in one of the in the Kirkeby Field, and accessible on tours on the 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month.