Marco Sanges’ iconic photography will go on exhibition in the Hospital Club Gallery
The Hospital Club is thrilled to announce that Marco Sanges’ iconic photography will go on exhibition in the Hospital Club Gallery. Wunderkamera by Sanges will be on display from Friday 6 – Monday 9 October, with a Private View on Thursday 5 October.
Marco Sanges is an innovative photographer from Rome who has exhibited worldwide. He has worked for Vogue Italia and Dolce & Gabbana, and published on several art and fashion magazines including Vogue and Sunday Telegraph.
His iconic photography has been inspired by the sequential nature of cinema, in particular the luminous black-and-white films of the silent era. Every sequence tells a highly personal and multi-layered story. Seeking inspiration from Surrealism and the Visual Performing Arts of the 20s and 30s, Sanges’ work traces a narrative of imagination and desire. There is also an enchanting, yet dark side to his work, an intriguing depth that appears to be destined to highlight the drama of life.
Sanges has collaborated with Gunther Von Hagen and Munich Opera and his work is in the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts U.S.A.
His new body of work, Wunderkamera by Sanges, is inspired by Max Ernst and the Surrealist movement. Source: Artrabbit
Marco's portrait series 12 n'3 became part of the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
"We are delighted that Marco Sanges's Portrait Series, 12 n' 3 (2005; gelatin silver print ) has become part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts's acclaimed permanent collection during our 75th year."
Alex Nyerges, Director VMFA
"This is the first work by Sanges in VMFA’s collection. Sanges began his career as a fashion photographer working for magazines such as Vogue Italia. Now based in London, he has begun to garner increased recognition for his highly cinematic approach. He frequently imbues his images with the strongly lit, dramatic effects of the silent film era of the 1920s. While many of Sanges’ black-and-white photographs from his Portrait Series feature the amplified gestures of actors, 12 n’3 offers only the fleshy back of a man’s head. Although it stands in stark contrast to other works in the series, it effectively demonstrates the way in which Sanges’ stylistic techniques develop a character out of an economy of means."
John B. Ravenal, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, VMFA Source: Artslant
The Olympic Park in Munich hosts ‘Von Hagens’ by Marco Sanges, an eerie yet artistic exploration of plastinator Gunther von Hagens’ work. The photo exhibit will run alongside the plastinator’s ’BODY WORLDS’ display from June 12 to October 5.
Gunther van Hagens is a German anatomist who invented a technique called Plastination, which involves embalming and preserving biological tissue specimens in plastic; and founded the Institute of Plastination in Heidelberg in 1993. Von Hagens goes beyond preserving human bodies; after preservation the bodies are posed as if they are alive, creating an eerie but creative display of lifelike yet lifeless bodies. Von Hagens’ ’BODY WORLDS exhibition has toured in different continents, and is scheduled to run at Munich’s Olympic Park accompanied by Marco Sanges’ photo exhibit.
‘Von Hagens’ is inspired by Rembrandt’s ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp,’ an oil painting by the Baroque artist that shows Dr. Tulp explaining the muscular structure of a human arm to a group of medical practitioners. Sanges’ images have an old-world, unnerving charm that combines the scientific with the surreal.
"The project Von Hagens by Sanges is a very sophisticated series of photographs, inspired by Rembrandt’s well-known Anatomy Lesson. It consists of mystical and yet almost hilarious photographic images, starring Gunther von Hagens, famous for his plastinated bodies. The photographs reflect not only the omnipresent reference to death but are at the same time also celebrating life and the moment."
- Edwin Becker, Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
“Von Hagens by Sanges”
KÖRPERWELTEN (BODY WORLDS) Exhibition
at the Kleine Olympiahalle, Munich
The visionary and surreal world of award-winning Italian photographer Marco Sanges comes to Eduard Planting Gallery in Amsterdam from 30 June until 11 August 2012. ‘Beyond Decadence’ shows an exciting selection of surrealistic, erotic scenes and portraits of striking characters. Silent movies were a major inspiration for the epic pictures of this innovative photographer and filmmaker.
Artist Gavin Turk: “Marco Sanges’ art is like going to a theatre through different doors where suddenly a little dark hallway leads you to the main stage of the universe of dreams…”
Sanges is attracted in particular to the luminous black and white films of the silent era and creates photographs in sequence that are narrative based, enigmatic and that evoke a feeling of mystery and the sense of a sensual, uncanny world just out of grasp.
A magnification of imagination, the surrealistic nature of Big Scenes represents the liberation of the unconscious, as a means to create art outside the boundaries of official culture, the rejection of established values and a concrete effort to illustrate extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds, all elements typical of ‘Outside Art’.
This exhibition brings together the work of an artist who is passionate about life in its entirety and continues to evoke, transcend and excite the world. For the exhibition a selection has been made from three different series: Big Scenes, Portraits and Circumstances. In this way the audience can get acquainted with the best of Sanges’ work. It is the first time Marco Sanges exhibits in the Netherlands.
The exhibition ‘Beyond Decadence’ will also be part of the Downtown program of Amsterdam Fashion Week (6 – 15 July) and of Amsterdam Gay Pride (2 – 5 August). Source: Eduard Planting Gallery
Marco Sanges’ black and white photography is influenced by the sequential nature of cinema, in particular the luminous black and white films of the silent era. His photographs are created in sequence, with each photograph depicting a unique, multi-layered story to create a highly personal, imaginary cinema. His scenes are full of larger than life characters and lavish costumes, reminiscent of Surrealism and the Visual and Performing Arts of the 1920s and 30s.
The surreal nature of his work represents the liberation of the unconscious, as a means to create art outside the boundaries of official culture; the rejection of established values and a concrete effort to illustrate extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds, all elements typical of Outside Art. There is also an enchanting, yet dark side to his work, an intriguing depth that appears to be destined to highlight the drama of life and capture the sincerity of the journey.
Phantasmagoria brings together a retrospective of Sanges’ most surreal and dreamlike photography, large scale prints, a unique site-specific installation alongside collaborations with commercial clients such as Agent Provocateur. Full of sexuality, voyeurism and danger, these vivid photographs create an enchanting world which provokes, astounds and delights.
Phantasmagoria: Photographs by Marco Sanges, 26th July – 30th September, Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH. Source: Aesthetica
There is something remarkable about those pictures, something unforeseen and new.
From his childhood and adolescence every “signal” that his brain perceives from any reaction towards objects that has the slightest signs of artistic form, or in more broader genre of films, paintings, Marco instinctively relates these with Edward Manet, Max Ernst, E. Hopper, Eisenstein, Hitchcock, etc. then stores them, which through the “scanning” is like a violent tormented waterfall of conglomerated characters, scenes, geometric forms and narratives. At the early age Marco started to work at his uncle’s photographic lab and became fascinated by the crafts and the process of developing and printing black and white photography.
Dazzled by fashion, he became a photographer for Vogue Italia before moving to London, where he now lives. Greatly attracted to cinema and in particular the luminous Black and White films of the silent era, Sanges creates photographs in sequence. Every sequence tells a unique, multi-layered story, creating a highly personal, imaginary cinema. Bigger than life characters and stories lavish costume and the core, reminiscent of Surrealism and especially the Visual and Performing Arts of the ‘20s and ‘30s he sets the scene, as a scene in a film unfolds a story. Magnifying imagination beyond imagination there is dedication to the often elaborate projects that are staged as a live theatrical performance The surrealistic feel of his work represents the liberation of the unconscious, as a means to create art outside the boundaries of official culture, the rejection of established values and a concrete effort to illustrate extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds, all elements typical of ‘Outside Art’. There is also an enchanting, yet dark side, to his work, an intriguing depth that appears to be destined to highlight the drama of life and capture the sincerity of the journey, the scenes of intimacy that confront human vulnerability, challenging our own fragility.
Sanges’ double award winning short film Circumstances (Best Art Film – Portobello Film Festival, London 2008 and Best Experimental Art Video, Open Cinema, St Petersburg, Russia, 2009) has been screened all around the World.
Marco’ s work makes the spectators enter an emotional journey and loose themselves in the narrative, visual richness and the power of story telling. His exhibitions bring together the work of an artist who is passionate about life in its entirety and continues to evoke, transcend, and excite the world! Source: Wall Street International Art
Meant with the greatest of respect, one would be forgiven for mistaking the work of Marco Sanges with that of an artist long deceased. His work however, in all its sultry grayscale glory, is as contemporary as it comes. In fact it was only last year that Sanges was recognised with two major awards for his short film "Circumstances".
Sanges' latest exhibition of photographic work, "Big Scenes" follows suit from a recent show in New York curated by Eileen Guggenheim and another in the slightly less glamorous surrounds of Hackney curated by Gavin Turk.
Surreal, erotic and channeling the decadent aesthetic of early 20th century photography Sanges' work is shot in and around London and features both actors and ordinary people.
"Big Scenes" is now on show at Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street, London until 13 September. Source: esquire.co.uk