Manfred Hamm. Europäische Konzerthäuser/European Concert Halls
21 September to 2 November 2013 ⟶ Corneliusstraße
For over two years, Manfred Hamm made his way through Europe with his Plaubel plate camera and captured 108 concert halls. With his analogue studio camera, Hamm directs a monoperspective view onto the façades and into the empty as well as silent "rooms of music". These are selected European concert halls - including those that only found their way to music after being rededicated, such as the Arsenal in Metz, a former arms depot, or the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, formerly a planetarium. He shows them from the outside and from the inside, from the artist's perspective or from the point of view of the concert-goer placed at the back. But it is deserted throughout - at most a grand piano or music stands betray the future presence of the musicians. In addition to the confrontational type of hall with its surrounding galleries and central organ, Hans Scharoun's Berlin Philharmonie with its stylised vineyard landscape has proved to be a formative influence for decades and generations. From more recent times, ravishingly exuberant buildings stand out, such as Santiago Calatrava's spectacularly sacred Auditorio de Tenerife or the subtle and exhilarating staging of the rooms in the Luxembourg Philharmonie.