Since the 1980s, Hans Danuser (b. 1953) has been among the most important trailblazers and protagonists of the contemporary Swiss photography scene. He responded to the postmodern glut of images by repositioning photography in the area of tension between document and essay, science and art. Danuser carries out investigations in analogue photography and makes inventions that are not aimed at profit but at aesthetic insight. He is particularly interested in seemingly impossible projects. Since the 1990s, he has been engaging analytically with photography and colour, inventing a novel photo-colour process he calls »matography«. This process allows him to inscribe colours and forms into industrially produced photographic paper, which then become integral components of the image as it develops in the dark room.In the winter of 2018–19, the Kirchner Museum Davos will present Hans Danuser’s photo series that are based on the »matography« and centre on the subjects of mountain and volcano. The artist originally came up with this pictorial concept in Davos, inspired by avalanche barriers on the Schiahorn mountain above Parsenn. Danuser associates the iconography of this mountain with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner who transformed the sublimely towering natural form of the Tinzenhorn into a subjective-emotional art form and made it a fixture of his visionary Alpine painting.Danuser’s geometric-abstract pictographs reveal a keen interest in formal experiments based on repetition and variation. More than one hundred works starting from the rotating Greek letter delta through to varied mountain and volcano imagery are arranged into an image-based tour of the world. It is staged documentarism of fascinating beauty and downright magical persuasiveness.
Costs: CHF 12.00 entrance fee plus CHF 5.00 tour fee.