Opening: Saturday, March 11, 2017, 15-20h
Exhibition: March 14 – May 6, 2017
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12-18h, Sat 12-15h
In the forthcoming exhibition, Galerie Springer Berlin presents selected works by Arnold Odermatt from “Feierabend” (After Work), which has been published by Steidl Verlag at the end of last year. The book includes photographic series of objects and people from within the photographer’s environment, such as funiculars, cattle trade, village events and portraits.
The artist was born in 1925 in Oberdorf in the Swiss canton Nidwalden. In 1948, Odermatt joined the police service of and retired in 1990. From the very beginning of his time in service, he took photos of the numerous collisions, which he witnessed in his line of work but he also photographed colleagues and family.
At the beginning of the 1990s, his son, the director Urs Odermatt, discovered decades of archived traffic accidents while researching a film. Impressed by the quality of the works, he was promoted to publisher of all of Arnold Odermatt’s hitherto published books. The books “Karambolage”, “On Duty”, and “Off Duty”were published by Steidl Press, following by “Feierabend” (After Work) in Autumn 2016.
In 2001, Harald Szeemann presented a selection of 32 works by Odermatt at the Venice Biennale. Thereafter followed numerous international solo and group exhibitions. The works of Arnold Odermatt can be found in many international collections and museums. The artist lives and works in Stans.