Thomas Wrede. Sceneries

The publication Sceneries provides comprehensive insight into the diverse and multilayered work of the German photographer Thomas Wrede.

For the first time, it brings together works from the last 25 years, including well-known series such as Domestic Landscapes, which shows complex »picture-in-picture« situations in photographic wallpaper, or »Die Vögel stehen in der Luft und schreien« (The birds hover in the air and cry), black and white photographs of birds’ usually fatal collisions with window panes.

The point of departure for Wrede's photographic work is consistently a yearning for nature and the issue of how this is communicated in the media. In new works from his hit series Real Landscapes he explores the boundaries between real and surreal worlds and presents us with an exciting interplay of truth and fiction. He consciously shifts these boundaries and raises the question of how faithful to reality photography is.

The publication was released to accompany the extensive exhibition Sceneries by Thomas Wrede at the Von der Heydt Kunsthalle in Wuppertal in 2018 and was published by Kehrer Verlag.



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


Available works of the artist

Thomas Wrede, Stadt am See (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2018, © 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, 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, Achterbahn-Ruine ('Wilde Maus') (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2013, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Mole im Novemberlicht (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, After the flood I (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2012, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, After the Rain  (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2012, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Am Fjord (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2010, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Trees in the Snow (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2010, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Eisloch (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2010, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Oberhalb des Tales (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2009, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Beach Marsh at Night (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2009, © 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, Camper am schwarzen See (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2007, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Underworld Diner (from the series 'Manhattan Picture Worlds'), 2006, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, In the Snow (from the series 'Manhattan Picture Worlds'), 2006, © Thomas Wrede, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Wohnwagen am Feuer (from the series 'Real Landscapes'), 2005, © Thomas Wrede, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, On Fifth Avenue (from the series 'Manhattan Picture Worlds'), 2004, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Midsummer Night at Sea (from the series 'Seascapes'), 2004, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Hochtannen (from the series 'Wrapped Landscapes'), 2004, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Tannen (from the series 'Wrapped Landscapes'), 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, Runner over Chelsea (from the series 'Manhattan Picture Worlds'), 2002, © Thomas Wrede, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Manhattan (from the series 'Manhattan Picture Worlds'), 2002, © Thomas Wrede, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Wattwanderer mit Hunden (from the series 'Seascapes'), 2004, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Brooklyn Bridge in Frankfurter Küche (from the series 'Domestic Landscapes'), 2001, © Thomas Wrede, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn
Thomas Wrede, Kissen und Lampe vor Gebirgslandschaft (from the series 'Domestic Landscapes'), 2000, © 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, 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, 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

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