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From May 10 through July 22, 2018, great photographic work is at home at Fondazione Stelline with the first Italian retrospective exhibition devoted to Michael Wolf. 150 works from seven series among Wolf’s most famous productions focus on the relationship between human density and urban architecture
[Milan – April 20, 2018] High level international photography is once again in the spotlight at Fondazione Stelline. From May 10 through July 22, 2018, the halls in Corso Magenta 61 will host Life in Cities, the first major exhibition devoted to Michael Wolf ever held in Italy, the German artist and photographer who developed his talent under the guidance of master Otto Steinert at the Folkwang School in Essen and at Berkeley University in California.

Life in Cities, honored at the latest edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles, is a retrospective exhibition praising the relationship between human density and urban architecture. On display are 150 works by Michael Wolf from seven of his most famous series: from the most recent, Paris Rooftops (2014), to his most renowned photo series entitled Tokyo Compression(2010-2013), passing through Informal Solution (2003-2014), Architecture of Density (2003 –2014), and Transparent City (2006), dedicated to the complexity of modern cities, up to the early works testifying to Wolf’s activity as a documentary photographer.
Michael Wolf’s focus zeroes in on the relationship between the city’s social structure and its architecture. His shots and projects seize the traces of human density amidst the complex structures of urban landscape, as in his Paris series where the rooftops linger on the borderline between realistic representation and abstraction.

A successful photographer and visual artist, Wolf has received authoritative international awards, winning two World Press Photo awards (in 2005 and 2010) and being shortlisted at the latest edition of the prestigious Prix Pictet. The notoriety achieved by his photographic projects, which capture abstractions of city architecture and dizzying perspectives of its implacable expansion, continues to be the subject of publications and exhibitions.

Lifes in Cities, curated by Wim van Sinderen and Alessandra Klimciuk, was produced by Fondazione Stelline in partnership with Fotomuseum Den Haag / The Hague Museum of Photography.

Accompanying the retrospective is the catalogue “Michael Wolf. Works” with text by Marc Feustel, Jan-Philipp Sendker, Wim van Sinderen, and Michael Wolf himself (Peperoni Books, €50).

Michael Wolf (Munich, 1954) has worked and lived in Hong Kong since 1994. Wolf grew up in the United States and Canada, studying at Berkeley University in California, then moving back to Germany to complete his education and training at the Folkwang School from 1972 to 1976 with the legendary professor Otto Steinert. He has worked as a photo-reporter for renowned magazines, including “Geo” and “Stern”, quickly affirming himself as an independent author and successful visual artist. The lives of people living in the great and ever-changing metropolises is his favorite subject. Wolf’s work has been exhibited in prestigious locations, including the Venice Biennale for Architecture and the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennial; Museum Centre Vapriikkiin Tampere, Finland; the Museum for Work in Hamburg, Germany; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His work is part of many permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the San Jose Museum of Art, California, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, the Museum Folkwangin Essen, and the German Museum for Architecture in Frankfurt.

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