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Untitled (Collars), 1928, Gelatin Silver Print (2015), 26,6 X 20,1 (30,1 X 24,0) © Hein Gorny / Collection Regard

Solo Exhibition

»New Objectivity and Industry«

Hein Gorny

Opening: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 18-21h (Facebook Event)
Exhibition: February 12 – May 27, 2016
Curated by Antonio Panetta and Francois Hébel
Salon Photographique: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 19h
with Ulrich Domröse, director of the photographic collection of the Berlinische Galerie, Antonio Panetta, artistic director of Collection Regard, and Marc Barbey.
Admission from 18:30h, contribution 8€
Please register at moc.d1669611915rager1669611915noitc1669611915elloc1669611915@ofni1669611915
Opening hours: Fridays 14-18h, and by appointment
Admission free
Extended opening hours for Gallery Weekend Berlin 2016 (Fri, April 29 – Sun, May 1):
Saturday 14-18h


Collection Regard is pleased to announce, as part of the continuing administration of the estate of Hein Gorny (1904-1967), our new exhibition. Starting February 12, 2016 Collection Regard presents the photographic exhibition “Hein Gorny, New Objectivity and Industry”, a co-production with Foto/Industria, Bologna and Collection Regard, curated by Francois Hébel and Antonio Panetta. Francois Hébel will also be present for the opening.

The exhibition was shown as part of Foto/Industria bienniale from October 3 to November 1, 2015 at Genus Bononiae, Museo della Storia di Bologna, in Bologna and was reviewed in Italy as well as internationally as “the discovery” (ARTE.TV, Corriere della Sierra, L´Oeil de la Photographie, …).

In its fourth exhibition concerning the photographic work of Hein Gorny, Collection Regard shows a new aspect of his extensive and manifold oeuvre, this time focusing on advertising photography in the context of the New Objectivity and the New Vision. Accordingly, Gorny’s pictures are distinguished by their stringent objective imagery and dynamic composition. Thus, a further contribution to the rediscovery of the oeuvre of Hein Gorny is made. The current show of Hein Gorny in the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (6 photographs) and the Sprengel Museum, Hanover (8 photographs) is another sign that the importance of this photographer is being acknowledged more and more.

Excerpt from the introduction of the publication “Hein Gorny, New Objectivity and Industry“ by Marc Barbey:

Hein Gorny (1904-1967) was a highly versatile photographer. Self-taught, he had extensive, in-depth knowledge of photographic techniques and was specialized both in photographic and darkroom processes. He photographed a broad range of subject matter, including portraits, architecture, and animals as well as images used in industrial, commercial, and illustrational contexts. In addition he created experimental photographs, primarily working with macrophotography. Advertising photography was the field in which Hein Gorny carried out numerous commissions and was most well-known. He was primarily active in Hanover and Berlin. Hein Gorny is described by Heinrich Riebesehl as a “pioneer of modern commercial photography” in a catalogue published in conjunction with the Spectrum Photogalerie’s inaugural exhibition of 1972. He was masterful in his groundbreaking ability to fuse the photographic spirit of his time with the demands of advertising photography.”

Foto/Industria is a bienniale for industrial photography in Bologna, specializing in the world of companies and work. Foto/Industria is organized by the MAST Foundation. The art director of the bienniale is François Hébel.
Foto/Industria 2015 showed fourteen exhibitions with free admission, including artists like Edward Burtynsky, Pierre Gonnord, Kathy Ryan, O. Winston Link, Neal Slavin, Hein Gorny and David La Chapelle, at wonderful locations in the center of Bologna. A catalogue has been published.

PELIKAN Gmbh, Hanover
Eight photographs shown in the exhibition „Hein Gorny, New Objectivity and Industry“ have been loaned from the Pelikan company, Hanover. After Collection Regard (in cooperation with Laura Benz and Raimund Zakowski) undertook the inventory and archiving of Pelikans Gorny Archive in November 2014, Pelikan’s calendar for the year 2016 was designed using motives by Hein Gorny.

François Hébel
François Hébel (1958) is a French art director on the side of photographers for 35 years.
Artistic director/co-founder of the biennale Foto/Industria in Bologna (Italy) since 2013. Art director of Fiaf gallery, New York 2015-16. Co-curator of Chongqing Photo biennale April 2015. Former director of Les Rencontres d’Arles photo festival (1986, 1987 and 2001-14). Co-founder of Photo Spring in Beijing 2010-13. Vice-president of Corbis photo agency (2000-01). Director of Magnum Photos Paris and International (1987-2000). Director of Fnac stores galleries (1983-85). Producer, curator of numerous exhibitions, books, educational initiatives, slide and live shows internationally. Artistic director of the first edition of the Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris 2017.

Collection Regard is a photographic collection focusing on German photography, especially photography from Berlin. In 2005 Marc Barbey started to build his collection of German black and white photography, spanning the earliest days of photography into the 1990s. Furthermore, Collection Regard is administering the estate of Hein Gorny. Acting as an archive as well as an exhibition space, Collection Regard deliberately takes a position between museum and gallery, aiming to show to the interested public those largely unknown photographic works which deserve attention. With this exhibition the collection is again a space for photographic discovery.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication, with a text by Laura Benz and a foreword by Marc Barbey, published by Collection Regard.

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