Lothar Baumgarten'I Prefer it There Better than in Westphalia' - ELDORADO 1968 - 1976 (Candide, Voltaire) 1968-76

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Artist
Lothar Baumgarten (born 1944)
Title
'I Prefer it There Better than in Westphalia' - ELDORADO 1968 - 1976 (Candide, Voltaire)
'Da gefällt's mir besser als in Westfalen' - ELDORADO 1968 - 1976 (Candide, Voltaire)
Date 1968-76
MediumSlide, 35 mm, 187 slides, 3 projections, and sound
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2002
Reference
T07869
Not on display

Summary

Begun while Baumgarten was a student at the Kunstakademie, Karlsruhe (1968) and continued during his later studies at the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf (1969-71), I Prefer it There Better than in Westphalia, Eldorado (Candide, Voltaire) reflects processes of careful observation and analysis of nature which the artist learned from his anthropologist father. The work consists of a slowly changing sequence of 178 slides projected on to one wall of a darkened space in a cycle lasting nearly thirty-seven minutes. The slides are photographs taken in the swampy industrial wasteland on the banks of the Rhine between Düsseldorf and Cologne in Westphalia. Baumgarten photographed the area close up, focusing on incidental details of the forest, marshy vegetation, amphibious life and human rubbish… (read more)

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