Axel Hütte (1951, Essen, Germany) is involved with ‘landscape’ on many different levels and is constantly shifting his focus, whether it is to do with the city itself, its outskirts and boundaries and also where the ‘natural landscape’ begins. The untouched or virgin landscape has provided his main motivation in recent years, requiring long distance journeys to many different continents. Besides, Hütte has been drawn to more sparsely populated areas in order to concentrate on native in its purest form. The resulting photographs emphatically reveal strong painterly qualities. The absence of any people in his landscapes stresses the sheer grandiosity of nature, and at the same time transforming the viewer into an absent witness.
Marignano 1, Italien, 2017, Ditone prints framed, Mirogard glass (UV), 170 x 205 cm
Hütte studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and was a student of Hilla & Bernd Becher. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau (2018), Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf (2018), Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2017) and Josef Albers Museum, Quadrat Bottrop (2017). He has also exhibitied at Barbican Art Gallery (2016), Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (2014), Museo San Telmo, San Sebastián (2014), La Galleria di Piazza San Marco, Venice (2014) Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid (2011), Schirmer/Mosel Showroom, München (2010), IVAM, Valencia (2009), Fundación Telefónica, Madrid (2008), Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden (2006), Waddington Galleries, London (2006), Palacio de Velázquez, Madrid (2004), Fundación César Manrique, Lanzarote (2004), Museum Kurhaus, Kleve (2000). Hütte currently lives and works in Düsseldorf.
Luce della Montagna | 6th Edition of the Brescia Photo Festival
Curated by Filippo Maggia
24 March – 25 June 2023
Santa Giulia Museum, Brescia, Italy