Looking at the Legacy I
29. June 2017 – 19. November 2017
Sprengel Museum HannoverSprengel Museum Hannover
The Sprengel Museum Hannover is presenting the first far-reaching exhibition of Sascha Weidner’s works in an art museum from 29 July to 19 November 2017. The artist, who died unexpectedly in 2015, left behind a multifaceted oeuvre. Thanks to the extensive donation by Ole A. H. Truderung, the Sprengel Museum Hannover has housed the Weidner artistic legacy since late 2016. The present exhibition featuring circa 120 works from this donation and in correspondence with the works additionally acquired by the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung provides a first glimpse at these holdings. At the same time, it is also the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s works.

Sascha Weidner’s (1974–2015) world of imagination is profoundly shaped by the perceptions, longings and visions images of a generation whose credo is perhaps best summarised in the motto NO FUTURE – MUCH PRESENT. Weidner wrested quite remarkable images from the visible, as if it were actually of secondary significance where one was – whether the supposed tristesse of the provinces or cosmopolitan remoteness – just as long as one remained true to oneself. He not only took his photographs in Los Angeles, Berlin, Frankfurt, Sydney, Kyoto and Peking but also in many ‘nameless’ places in between. Beauty and the ephemeral appear to constantly collide into each other. Accidents, sickness and death are mythical forces of natures, exuding the same fantastic magical beauty that can also be inherent to the most brutal misfortunes. Melancholy is coupled with life-affirming exuberance. Bodies plunge, fall, hang, soar or perplexingly intertwine with each other. Colour emerges from flashing, glittering and dying light and transports unabashed passionate emotionality. It is here and in his celebration of the most ordinary of motifs that one recognizes the legacy of such diverse photographers as William Eggleston, Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tillmans. However, Weidner’s pictorial inventions are entirely dedicated to the search for the Arcadia that offered the “restlessly seeking romantic” – as Weidner characterised himself –  timeless places of quiet contemplation.
The exhibition provides a first glimpse of Sascha Weidner’s artistic estate. Featuring circa 120 photographs, the museum is presented a selection of the works that have already been examined and inventoried. The estate encompasses circa 200 works, the negative and data archive as well as the artist’s written legacy.
Born in Georgsmarienhütte in 1974, Sascha Weidner completed his studies at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig in 2004 as a master student of Prof. Dörte Eißfeldt.
On 9 April 2015, Sascha Weidner died while working on a book about Lower Saxony that was commissioned on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung and the VGH-Stiftung, Hannover. The texts were written by Jan Böttcher.
The artist’s book Sascha Weidner. The Far Flowered Shore has been produced on the occasion of the exhibition. It will be presented in the exhibition on 12 September 2017.



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