Thomas Wrede: CityARTist Münster, 2021

For the second time, the NRW KULTURsekretariat (NRWKS) is awarding prizes to ten renowned artists from ten of the 21 member cities of the NRWKS. Next to Thomas Wrede, the prizes – awarded as scholarships and each endowed with 5,000 euros – went to Katharina Bosse (Bielefeld), Uwe Esser (Krefeld), Karin Geiger (Neuss), Peter Gros (Bochum), Stephanie Pech (Bonn), Werner Ryschawy (Gelsenkirchen), Jens Sundheim (Dortmund), Heike Weber (Cologne) and Petra Wittmar (Essen).


The jury's reasoning for nominating Thomas Wrede:

»Thomas Wrede's pictures surprise, unsettle or disorientate the gaze and thus the viewer. The supposedly familiar suddenly appears uncanny, alien and threatening. Above all, it is collectively used spaces that - contrary to the expectations of photography to depict reality - become inaccessible. Wrede's photographs suspend customary perspectives and shake the measure of dimensions and the possibilities of distinguishing between reality and fiction.

They are mainly spaces created by people and for people, from which they seem banished. Traces of human life can at best be guessed at – only soulless virtualities remain visible. In the submitted group of works "Rhone Glacier", too, the no longer visible human being has had an effect and created an almost surreal, gloomily melancholic world. Not immediately identifiable, these photographs captivate through their painterly effect. Only upon knowing observation does the tragic background of this aesthetic documentation open up, becoming a disturbing vanitas symbol of our present.

In this way, Thomas Wrede also fulfils the – unspoken – expectation of a CityARTist to have an immediate impact on social and political space.«

Available works of the artist

Thomas Wrede, Rhonegletscher_outside #2 (from the series 'Belvédère'), 2018-19, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Rhonegletscher_outside #2 (from the series 'Belvédère'), 2018-19, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Rhonegletscher_outside #1 (from the series 'Belvédère'), 2018-19
Thomas Wrede, Rhonegletscher_outside #1 (from the series 'Belvédère'), 2018-19
Thomas Wrede, Rhonegletscher_outside #4 (from the series 'Belvédère'), 2018-19, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Rhonegletscher_inside #5 (from the series 'Belvédère'), 2018-19
Thomas Wrede, Rhonegletscher_inside #1 (from the series 'Belvédère'), 2018-19, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Rhonegletscher_inside #2 (from the series 'Belvédère'), 2018-19, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Panorama #1 (from the series 'Belvédère), 2018-19, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Freibad (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2019, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Stadt am See (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2018, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Fred & Red’s Cafe (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2015, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Achterbahn-Ruine ('Wilde Maus') (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2013, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, After the flood I (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2012, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Mole im Novemberlicht (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2012, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Eisloch (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2010, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Am Fjord (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2010, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Beach Marsh at Night (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2009, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Wohnwagen am Feuer (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2005, © Thomas Wrede, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Kleine Bäume (from the series 'Wrapped Landscapes'), 2005, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Tannen (from the series 'Wrapped Landscapes'), 2004, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Through the Fence (from the series 'Manhattan Picture Worlds'), 2007, © Thomas Wrede, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Euphoria at Night (from the series 'Manhattan Picture Worlds'), 2006, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Underworld Diner (from the series 'Manhattan Picture Worlds'), 2006, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, On Fifth Avenue (from the series 'Manhattan Picture Worlds'), 2004, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Blue Face (from the series 'Manhattan Picture Worlds'), 2003, © Thomas Wrede, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Manhattan (from the series 'Manhattan Picture Worlds'), 2002, © Thomas Wrede, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Mittsommernacht (from the series 'Seascapes'), 2004, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Strandwanderer (from the series 'Seascapes'), 2004, © Thomas Wrede, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Wattwanderer mit Hunden (from the series 'Seascapes'), 2004, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Wattwanderer (from the series 'Seascapes'), 2001
Thomas Wrede, Nordseemöve vor Manhattan (from the series 'Domestic Landscapes'), 2001, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Mozart und trinkender Mann vor Herbstlandschaft (from the series 'Domestic Landscapes'), 2000, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Gebirgslandschaft mit Kissen und Lampe  (from the series 'Domestic Landscapes'), 2000, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Magic Feelings, 1997, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Magic Feelings, 1997, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Magic Feelings, 1997, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Die Vögel stehen in der Luft und schreien, 1994 / 2013, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn

Past exhibitions at Beck & Eggeling

Selected Publications of the Artist

Thomas Wrede. Sceneries

Thomas Wrede. Sceneries

  • Artist: Thomas Wrede
    Editor: Von der Heydt-Kunsthalle Wuppertal-Barmen
    Text: Gerhard Finckh, Günther Kebeck
    Design: Beck & Eggeling (Antonia Eggeling)
  • German, English
    Hardcover, 30 x 24 cm
    128 pages, 81 illustrations
  • Kehrer Verlag, 2018
    ISBN 978-3-86828868-1
  • 35 €
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