Elger Esser

Elger Esser

Elger Esser was born in 1967 in Stuttgart and spent his childhood in Rome. In the 1990s he studied in Bernd and Hilla Becher's famous class at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. Today he still lives and works there. The classical genres of vedute and landscape are central themes in Esser's photographic œuvre. Largely monochrome colouring, a predilection for diffuse, uniform lighting and constant tension between micro- and macro-structures are characteristic of Esser's work. Sensitive and precise in his observation, Esser seeks in his surroundings those moments which reveal the essential character and mood of a landscape. It is no coincidence that Esser's photographs manifest frequent associations with late-18th- and 19th-century travel literature. His new series deals to an increased extent with the merging of photography into painting.

Awards

2016


Oskar-Schlemmer-Preis


 


2001           


Deutsches Studienzentrum Venedig


 


2010


Rheinisch Art price


DAAD-Reisestipendium "Italien"


Förderkoje Art Cologne bei Galerie Inge Friebe


Förderpreis Bildende Kunst der Stadt Düsseldorf


Solo exhibitions

2018


Elger Esser, Van der Grinten, Cologne, Germany


Elger Esser, Rosegallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Elger Esser, Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome, Italy


Le Nil sur la Loire, Chateau de Chaumont, Domaine Chaumont sur Loire, France


Elger Esser, Galerie Kewenig, Berlin, Germany


 


2017


Elger Esser - Aetas. Landesgalerie Linz. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria


Elger Esser, Galerie Kewenig, Berlin, Germany


Le Nil sur la Loire, Chateau de Chaumont, Domaine Chaumont sur Loire, France


El tiempo en suspenso, Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Spain


 


2016


From Shivta to Lifta, Loushy Art & Projects, Tel Aviv, Israel


Zeitigen, Oskar Schlemmer State Prize, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany


 


2015


Nocturnes à Giverny, Photographies de Elger Esser, Festival Normandie Impressionniste, Galerie Photo du Pôle Image Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France


Irides, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, USA


Elger Esser: Ninfa, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany


Elger Esser: Australian Journal, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Cabinet de travail, Katz Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland


 


2014


Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany


The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, USA


Kewenig Galerie, Berlin, Germany


Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome, Italy


Fundació Palma Espai d'art, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain


Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA


 


2013


Elger Esser Heliogravue, Galerie de Zaal, Delft, Netherlands


Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA


Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany


Nocturnes à Giverny. Photographies de Elger Esser. Pôle Image Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France


Schirmer / Mosel Showroom, Munich, Germany


 


2012


Stille Wellen, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, Germany


Galería Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca, Spain


Katz Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland


Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome, Italy


LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany


 


2011


Voyage en Egypte, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA


Elger Esser, Landscapes and heliogravures, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Et nous avons des nuits plus belles que vos jours, Sonnabend Gallery, New York City, NY, USA


Voyage en Egypte, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Beirut, Liban


Nocturnes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Arc, Lys et Douville. Neue Heliogravuren, Kunstforum Baloise, Basel, Switzerland


 


2010


Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany


Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands


Galería Fúcares, Madrid, Spain


Photobiennale Moscow, Exhibition Hall New Manege, Moscou, Russia


 


2009


Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA
Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Galleria Bonomo, Bari, Italy


Saone and Rhone, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France 


New Works, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany


 


2008


Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany


Combray, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


FO.KU.S, Foto Kunst Stadtforum, Innsbruck, Austria
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome, Italy
Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, USA

2007


Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, USA
Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA


Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany
Combray, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 
2006


Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
Gana Art Center, Séoul, Korea


Musée de la Cohue, Vannes, France


Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, USA


Galerie de Zaal, Delft, Germany
Neue Werke, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Galería Fúcares, Madrid, Spain
 


2005    


Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA


Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany


Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome, Italy
New Works, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


   
2004


Galerie de Zaal, Delft, Germany
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany
Fondation Herzog, Basel, Switzerland
New Works, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2003
Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany
Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany    
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
 


2002
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome, Italy
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany
How to see Venice, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Palazzo delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy 



2001


Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany


Elger Esser, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA


Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Villa delle Rose, Bologna, Italy
 


2000
Alte Feuerwache Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany    


Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
Galerie Inge Friebe, Lüdenscheid, Germany


Galerie 213, Paris, France
Galerie de Zaal, Delft, Germany
 


1999
Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie Andreas Grimm, Palma de Majorque, Spain
neg-gallery, Milan, Italy


 


1998


Kunstverein Siegen, Siegen, France


Galerie de Zaal, Delft, Germany
Kulturforum Alte Post, Neuss, Germany     


Galerie Inge Friebe, Lüdenscheid, Germany
Galerie 213, Paris, France  
 


1997


Galerie Andreas Grimm, Palma de Majorque, Spain


Kunstverein Hagen, Hagen, Germany
 


1995


Kulturbahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf, Germany


 


Group exhibitions

2018


Wasser & Wein. Neupräsentation der Sammlung, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany


Bernd, Hilla and the Others, HUIS MARSEILLE, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Räume der Anderen II, Villa Steccius, Landau, Germany


The pulse of the body. Uses and representations of space, Bombas Gens, Valencia, Spain


Enfesselte Natur, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany


 


2017


Wiesenstück, VanderGrinten Gallery, Cologne, Germany


Esser.McCaw.mann.Wylie, Neal Guma Fine Art, Charlottesville, USA


Déjeuner sur l'herbe, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Pantin, France


Luther und die Avantgarde. Zeitgenössische Kunt in Wittenberg, Berlin und Kassel, Altes Gefängnis, Wittenberg, Germany




2016


Langmatt, Licht, Libellen - Impressionismus heute? Museum Langmatt, Baden, Austria


Aus der Sammlung: Landschaft. Landesgalerie Linz. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria


I Prefer Life. Reydan Weiss Collection. Exhibition on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Weserburg, Bremen, Deutschland


Gärten der Welt. Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland


Monets Gärten. Zeitgenössische Fotografien. Schloss Eutin, Germany


Split - Mirror. Light. Reflection, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany


Water, Clouds, Wind, Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany


 


2015


Photographing Monet's Gardens: Five Contemporary Views, Musée des Impressionismes Giverny, Giverny, France


The Idea of Landscape. RAY 2015 Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/Rhein Main, ART FOYER, DZ BANK Art Collection, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Faszination Fotografie, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria


Landscape in my Mind - Landscape photography today. Kunstforum Wien, Vienna, Austria


GALLERY 3010. Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Bert De Beul Elger Esser Ian Hamilton Finlay., Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany


BAYWATCH, Galerie Hartwich, Rügen, Germany


Photographier les jardins de Monet. Cinq regards contemporains. Almond · Esser · Foucault · Plossu · Shore., Musée des impressionnismes Giverny, Giverny, France


German Photography, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK


Eolie 1950/2015, Mare Motus, Chiesa di Santa Caterina ed ex carcere, Lipari, Italy 


 


2014


Los Bragales. Pasión y fotografía de una colección, Centro de Arte Juan Ismael, Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Spain


Home (Very) Sweet Home, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Una Colección Basada En La Naturaleza Y El Medio Ambiente, Colección MP de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain


Temporary living, Galerie de Zaal, Delft, Germany


One Work, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, USA


Los Bragales. Pasión y fotografía de una colección. Centro de Arte La Regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain


Human Landscape, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia


 


2013


Disaster / The End of Days, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Old School. Anachronism in Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany


Vacatio. Fotografia, Festival Internazionale di Roma, XII Edizione, MACRO, Roma, Italy 


Religion und Riten, DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Art Foyer, Frankfurt, Germany


Im Schein des Unendlichen – Romantik und Gegenwart, Altana Kulturstiftung, Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany
Ghosting Machine
. Delmar Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Tour d'horizon - Landscapes. Katz Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland


Land in Sight! Landscapes from the Collection. Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria


Landmark: The Fields of Photography. Somerset House, London, UK


Wetterdämmerung - ein Blick zurück, Sammlung Alison und Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf, Germany


Kalte Rinden - Seltene Erden. Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany


 


2012


Im Schein des Unendlichen - Romantik und Gegenwart. Altana Kulturstiftung, Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany


Fotografia Contemporanea Tedesca La Scuola di Düsseldorf. Galleria Alberto Peola, Torino, Italy


Religion und Riten, DZ Bank Kunstsammlung. Art Foyer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Exposition photographique: Eaux précieuses – Eaux sauvages, Galerie d’art du Conseil général, Hôtel de Castillon, Aix-en-Provence, France


Il Fuoco Della Natura / The Flash of Nature, Salone degli Incanti, ex Pescheria, Trieste, Italy


Les Territoires du désir ou les métamorphoses d’un musée imaginaire, Musée d’Art moderne André Malraux, MuMa, Le Havre, France


Kalte Rinden – Seltene Erden. Märkisches Museum Witten, Germany


Nine x Nine. Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, USA


 


2011
Ileana sonnabend. An italian portrait
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection – New Wing, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Venice, Italy


 


2010
Der rote Bulli: Stephan Shore und die neue Düsseldorfer Fotografie,
NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, Germany


Viaggio in Italia - sguardi internazionali sull’Italia contemporanea. Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia Collezioni, Italy
Contemporanee, sms santa maria della scala, Sienne, Italy


Konstellationen, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria


Et in Arcadia Ego. Paraísos cercanos., TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Ténérife, Spain 


The Düsseldorf School of Photography. Bernd & Hilla Becher, Thomas Ruff, Candida Höfer, In Sook Kim, Elger Esser., Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
IMAGINÁRIO DA PAISAGEM. Obras da BesArt
- colecção Banco Espírito Santo. CAV Centro de artes Visuais. Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal
ZERO - ∞. Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany


 


2009
Tago-Mago
, Galería Fúcares, Almagro, Spain
Siedlungen und Wohnanlagen 1858–1937, 
Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany


Voyages pittoresques, 1820–2009: La Normandie contemporaine, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Caen, France 
Les Rencontres d’Arles – Photographie, 
Abbaye de Montmajour, Arles, France
6 views of photography, Galerie de Zaal, Delft, Germany


Sammlung Lothar Schirmer, Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich, Germany
Schenkung Thaddeus Ropac, 
Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Mönchsberg, Austria


La Colección 2. La densidad del aire, la levedad de la tierra., TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Ténérife, Spain 


 


2008


True North, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid, Lüdenscheid, Germany


Objectivités, la photographie à Düsseldorf, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
two, Galerie de Zaal, Delft, Germany


How to look at Venice?, Galleria Contemporaneo, Venice, Austria


BESart – Photography, Museu Coleccao Berardo, Lisbonne, Portugal


Pures Wasser – Elementares Motiv der Gegenwartskunst, Kunstverein Villa Streccius, Landau, Germany


 


2007
Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
FOTO.KUNST., Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria


berlin_nl. Niederländische Botschaft, Berlin, Germany
Seestücke. Von Max Beckmann bis Gerhard Richte
r, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany


Less Roses, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beyrouth, Liban
Tripp and Friends, Galerie ABTart, Stuttgart, Germany


 


2006


Paisajes, Galerie Arnes y Röpke, Madrid, Spain
Arcadia, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA


Room with a view – The Bouwfonds Art Collection - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, La Haye, Netherlands


Peintres de la vie moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Fotokunst aus 60 Jahren. Kunst aus NRW unterwegs, Flottmann Hallen, Herne, Belgium


 


2005


angekommen – Die Sammlung im eigenen Haus, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Landschaft als Metapher. Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim, Germany
dreamscapes - Aeroplastic contemporary, Bruxelles, Belgium
The City: Contemporary Views of the Built Environment, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, USA
Halte Brussels - Vlaams-Nederlands Huis, Bruxelles, Belgium
Flight 405 - Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut / Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany


XL Photographs - Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, USA
Memoria y Tiempo. Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain


 


2004
Vagues II – Hommages et digressions / Waves II – Homages and Digressions. Musée Malraux, Le Havre, France
Art History: Photography References Paintings, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA
HSL-Projecten, La Haye, Netherlands


 


2003
Dialog im Bunker I. Sublime Landschaften, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Beaufort 01, Oostende, Belgium


 


2002
Aus Düsseldorf, Baronian_Francey Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium


In Szene gesetzt – Architektur in der Fotografie der Gegenwart, ZKM Karlsruhe / Städtische Galerie Erlangen / Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Germany
HEUTE BIS JETZT. Zeitgenössische Fotografie aus Düsseldorf, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany
10 young German artists, Galerie de Zaal, Delft, Germany
Moving Pictures, Guggenheim Museum, New York / Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Now, what is photo, Gana Art Center, Séoul, Korea
Zwischen Konstruktion & Wirklichkeit, Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aix-la-Chapelle, France


 


Public and private collections

Austria


Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg



Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna


 


France


Fonds national d’art contemporain, Paris



Centre Pompidou, Paris



 


Germany


Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich


Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart



DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt


 


Italy


SMS Contemporanea, ex Palazzo Delle Papesse, Siena


 


The Netherlands


Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam



 


Switzerland


Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich



 


USA


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York



Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York



Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo