Axel Hütte was born in Essen in 1951. Having studied under Bernd Becher at the Düsseldorfer Kunstakademie from 1973-81, Hütte is one of the leading proponents of The Düsseldorf School of Photography, a movement which contemporizes the tradition of documentary photography. He is currently based in Düsseldorf and Berlin. Central to Hütte’s practice is the concept of photographic ‘objectivity’, where an image’s impartial technological production is its primary ‘value’ or ‘truth’. In his city and landscapes, Hütte both enhances and complicates this overtly clinical approach to image-making by incorporating devices

more commonly associated with abstract painting, such as mathematically formulated compositions, heightened consciousness of the picture plane, and ‘all overness’ (where every part of the image is considered of equal importance). Breathtakingly beautiful yet emotionally detached, his works exemplify ideas of the contemporary sublime.Hütte’s museum exhibitions include Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MAGASIN Grenoble, Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, ZKM, and Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires.

Axel Hütte

Born 1951 in Essen, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf and Berlin

Education

1973 – 1981 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany under Prof. Bernd Becher

Selected Awards and Grants

1993
Hermann Claasen Award

1986 – 1988
Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff Stipend

1985
Scholarship for Deutsches Studienzentrum Venedig, Venice, Italy

1982
DAAD scholarship, London, UK

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015
Shadows of Lights, Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain

2014
Axel Hütte: Fantasmi e realtà, Galleria di Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
Venezia, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria
Fora Boaria, Modena, Italy
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Gallerie di Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

2013
Fondazione Fotografia, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena, Italy
Pasaje escindido, Palacio Municipal de Exposiciones Kiosco Alfonso, A Coruña, Spain

2011
FRANKFURT 2011 // EMETH, Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt, Germany
Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
Towards the Wood, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Emerald woods, Dirimart, Istanbul, Turkey

2010
Altes Rathaus, Ingelheim, Germany
Towards the Wood, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria
Schirmer/Mosel Showroom, Munich, Germany

2009
Out of Darkness, Waddington Galleries, London, United Kingdom
En Tierras Extrañas, IVAM, Valencia, Spain
Hospedería Fonseca, Salamanca, Spain

2008
Fog and Fire, Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Berlin, Germany
Las Vegas, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Minneapolis, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain

2006
Schirmer/Mosel Showroom, Munich, Germany
North – South, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway
North – South, Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
Places, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga, Portugal
After Midnight, Waddington Galleries, London, United Kingdom

2005
Galerie Six Friedrich/Lisa Ungar, Munich, Germany
Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt a. M., Germany

2004
Terra Incognita, Palacio de Velázquez, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Terra Incognita, Fundación César Manrique, Lanzarote, Spain

2002
Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cohan Leslie and Browne Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
As Dark as Light, Galleri K, Oslo, Norway

2001
As Dark as Light, Huis Marseille Foundation for Photography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany

2000
Kontinente, Haus der Preussag AG, Hannover, Germany
Fecit, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany
Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain

1999
Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt, Germany
Galeri K, Oslo, Norway

1998
Musée-Château d’Annecy, Annecy, France
Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany

1997
Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
Kunstverein Hannover, Germany
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Musei Civici Rubiera, Reggio Emilia, Italy

1996
Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Galerie Laage-Salomon, Paris, France

1995
Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany

1993
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Kunstraum München, Munich, Germany
Eleni Koroneu Gallery, Athens, Greece

1992
Museum Künstlerkolonie Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Fonds régional d’art contemporain, Marseille, France
Kunstraum München, Munich, Germany

1991
Galeries Bruges la Morte, Bruges, Belgium

1990
Galerie Laage-Salomon, Paris, France
Glenn & Dash Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989
Rotterdamse Kunsstichting, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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