Roland Fischer

Written in an image

Solo show

Roland Fischer (born in Saarbrücken in 1958) is a conceptual photographic artist. With his signature, large-format series the artist has been part of the photographic Avantgarde since 1980, the very beginning of his artistic career. In his practice, Roland Fischer focuses on two main themes: people and architecture. The Bitburg exhibition presents all of his series on these two subjects.

Sober, extremely precise photographs of faces are at the center of the series Nuns and MonksLos Angeles PortraitsChinese Pool Portraits and the Collective Portraits. The latter are comprised of many individual portraits of members of a group defined by the artist: for example, the 1,050 portraits of Pilgrims on the Way of St. James, who Fischer photographed on their arrival at their destination, the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. This particular work is presented within the show in the form of a floor-to-ceiling, ten-meter-long wall installation.

The subject of architecture is addressed in the series CathedralsAlhambraNew ArchitecturesFaçades and Transhistorical Places. Roland Fischer is not interested in the documentary aspect of photography, be it for historical monuments, such as Cologne cathedral, or for contemporary architecture, such as the Beijing Olympic Stadium, the so-called Bird's Nest. His condensed photographic works of the famous structures are autonomous image creations: by overlaying the façades with shots of the interiors, he creates iconic images of the legendary buildings. The series Façades shows details of existing exteriors of international banks and companies as self-sufficient images. In their abstract, geometrical structures these pictures often recall the works of Concrete Art or Op art.

Presenting the photographic works of Roland Fischer on colored walls emphasizes the radiance of his works and shows the exhibition spaces at Museum Haus Beda in a new “light”.

Museum Haus Beda
Bitburg, Germany




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