Special exhibition

Until 01.04.2024

Herlinde Koelbl



Herlinde Koelbl is one of the great German photographers of the present day. In particular, her works stand for her interest in people and their visual transformation influenced by time and circumstances. This approach unmistakeably took shape through long-term studies of prominent politicians, scientists, and people in business. Among the prominent projects by Koelbl are "Traces of Power. The Metamorphoses of People in Office" (1999) and "Angela Merkel. Portraits 1991-2021", as well as the cycle "The German Living Room" (1980).

Her latest group of works, shown in the METAMORPHOSES exhibition, however, departs from the human form and face. Instead, in the series she focuses on a world of blossoming nature. However, even in these colorful photographs of plants and flowers, the photographer's gaze is directed at change, growth, decay, and emergence and thus at life, creating a metaphoric link between humans and nature. Her source of inspiration goes back to the ancient Roman poet Ovid in his work "Metamorphoses," where he deals with the ever-changing state of nature, which constantly creates something new and nothing is ever truly lost. 160 fascinating photos, meditative videos, and a sound station were exhibit beauty in constant change, the eternal cycle.


128 pages, 116 images for € 45.00 incl. VAT at Steidl Verlag (hardback / Clothbound, 21 x 28.5 cm, German / English)
ISBN 978-3-96999-121-3