This past May we traveled to the North Rhine-Westphalia area of Germany for a show of Lori’s photographs at Museum Schloss Moylan (Moylan Castle). Dr. Bettina Paust, Artistic Director of the museum, had seen Lori’s work at an art fair in Cologne in the booth of Galerie Klueser (Lori’s gallery in Munich) and was intrigued enough to contact Lori directly. Talks ensued and the idea for an exhibition of the work began to take shape.
What came into being was more than we ever could have hoped. “The Power of Nature” featured over 30 photographs from Lori’s two series, The City and Lost. Galerie Klueser loaned many works from their Munich space and the balance was produced jointly by us and the museum. This collaboration allowed for large work to be printed, mounted, and framed - something that never would have been possible on our own. We later learned that many of the shows curated by the museum have a relation to nature in some form. They thought Lori’s work to be a different take on this theme, so I think it was win win for everyone.
The museum did an excellent job mounting and framing the prints! They brought in an exhibition designer to help figure out the best arrangement of the space. The end result had one photograph featured on each wall (there were exceptions for contextual reasons) which really made the images stand out. it was arguably the best showing of the work we’ve ever seen. In addition to the exhibition, the museum produced an amazing catalog of the show which followed the ‘one image to a wall (page)’ theme to great success. It also has three (count ‘em), three essays! We really enjoyed the essay by Timo Skrandies which used the theme of the resilience of nature. It was a refreshing viewpoint on the work. The book publisher is working on getting U.S. distribution for the catalog. Fingers crossed!
We were invited over for the opening and we jumped at the chance to visit Germany again. We were there almost a week which allowed us some time to explore the beautiful city of Kleve, where we were staying. Big thanks to Dr. Paust and her amazing staff for treating us like royalty the whole time we were there. (Special shout outs to Verena Pichmann for keeping us organized and on time and Dr. Alexander Grönert for his fine work hanging the show and private tour of the museum collection!) They kept us busy with media events and openings, and made us feel extra welcome by introducing us to their family and friends. It made the whole experience truly memorable and one we won’t soon forget. The exhibiton runs through June 30.