Stephan Kaluza – 1964 Iburg

Stephan Kaluza, born in 1964 in Iburg in Lower Saxony, studied art history at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and philosophy at Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf.

He usually had his oil paintings disappear behind thick plexiglass panes. They seem distant, inaccessible, remote, poetic. His photographic works are narrative sequences of images put together as elongated panoramas. He became famous with his Rhine project. For this purpose, he has walked this river from its source in the Swiss Alps to its estuary in the North Sea. Thousands of photographs were taken, which he has put together into a panorama of five kilometres lenghth.

By measuring the former course of the Berlin Wall, he documented history for the first time and thus what no longer exists or is visible. This is also the case with the series “Felder”. Places are declared fateful places by people; meadows and fields are symbols of European history – such as the battlefields of Waterloo and Verdun or the memorials of the Holocaust in Auschwitz. Following these photo series correlatively, Stephan Kaluza developed a kind of modular carpet between painting and photography – a hybrid being that shows additional perspectives on nature in its first development. Painting and photography pursue the conceptual questioning of the idyll in a historical and contemporary context.

His works can be found in numerous museums and collections, including the Arp Museum, Remagen; Teutloff Collection, Bielefeld; Group Artemis François Pinault, Paris; Collection Munoz, Madrid; Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea, and the Portland Museum of Contemporary Art, Oregon, USA and Ludwig Museum Koblenz.

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