Mensch und Form
Flatz Museum Dornbirn
February 05 - May 28, 2022
F.C. Gundlach's paintings reflect the history of time and style of the second half of the 20th century. In the interplay of man and form, his works document the changing spirit of the times from the 1950s to the 1980s. Beyond their contemporaneity, they have long since become icons.
F.C. Gundlach usually worked on commission. As a former reportage photographer, he loved being on the road. Thanks to an exclusive contract with Deutsche Lufthansa, he was able to serve the awakening wanderlust of the economic miracle generation as well as the longing for beauty and elegance. His motifs are often exotic, almost surreal. Take, for example, his famous shot of the models in bathing caps in front of the Cheops pyramid, far from the pool and the sea - a picture that was so revolutionary at the time that Brigitte initially refused to publish it.
F.C. Gundlach's radically reduced, often downright graphic and architectural pictorial aesthetic became his unmistakable trademark. Each shot is an interplay of fashion, model and environment or architecture. Before each shoot, F.C. Gundlach went on a search to find the adequate location for his fashion shots. Shapes, textures and lines continue in the architecture of the background, as do the silhouettes and forms of the poses, bodies and fashion designs. Despite or perhaps thanks to the reduced formal language, the human being is always in focus in the works of F.C. Gundlach.
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