Michael Wolf retrospective moves to the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany
Michael Wolf: Life in Cities, installed at the Deichtorhallen
On November 17th, the touring retrospective Michael Wolf: Life in Cities, opened in its second location, the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany. The exhibition is installed in the museum's House of Photography, and will run until March 3rd, 2019.
The retrospective features 12 series from Michael Wolf's body of work, ranging from his early career as a documentary photographer to his more recent fine art photography projects. The centerpiece of the show is The Real Toy Story (2004-2018), a massive wall installation composed of more than 30,000 cheap plastic toys that are 'made in China,' which provide the framework for portraits of Chinese toy factory workers. This is the largest installation of this piece to date.
Michael Wolf's The Real Toy Story, installed at the Deichtorhallen
The retrospective will also feature some of Wolf's best known and most widely collected works, including his acclaimed series Architecture of Density. In this series, Wolf captures Hong Kong's enormous and famously dense architectural landscape, and transforms it into colorful abstractions and geometric shapes. One of his earliest projects, this series included in many museum, corporate and private collections.
Michael Wolf: Life in Cities is a production of The Hague Museum of Photography, and is curated by Wim van Sinderen. The exhibition, accompanied by a monograph of Wolf's work, debuted in the summer of 2017 at the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, France.
Michael Wolf's Architecture of Density series, being installed at the Deichtorhallen
Michael Wolf's Paris Rooftops series, installed at the Deichtorhallen
Michael Wolf: Life in Cities advertisements, featuring Tokyo Compression series