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City Gallery City Gallery Wellington

Past exhibition

Wim Wenders: Pictures from the Surface of the Earth

25 October 2003–8 February 2004

ORGANISER Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney OTHER VENUES Museum of Contemporary Art, 24 June–31 August 2003 SPONSORS Volkswagen Touareg, JCDecaux

A leading director in the New German Cinema, Wim Wenders is famous for such films as Paris, Texas (1984), Wings of Desire (1987), and Buena Vista Social Club (1999). He’s also a photographer. He took the thirty-four large photos in this show over the last twenty years, while scouting for film locations or on personal trips in Australia, Cuba, Germany, Japan, and the US.

His scenes range from panoramic landscapes of the American west to the vast Australian interior to colourful Havana streetscapes. In November 2001, he shot Ground Zero in New York. Wenders also captures interiors, including a American hotel room and a serene Japanese temple. Wenders describes himself as a traveller. He says, ‘That’s my real profession. Everything is an excuse to continue travelling.’ His show reveals his commitment to being ‘on the road’.

The show comes to City Gallery from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and is based on shows at the Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof in 2001 and Guggenheim Bilbao in 2002. City Gallery is the last stop on a world tour before the show returns to London.