Hollis Frampton

ADSVMVS ABSVMVS, in memory of Hollis William Frampton, Sr., 1913–1980

April 13th - Mai 13th 2018

Opening: Thursday, April 12th, 6 pm

UG im Folkwang

Museum Folkwang

Museumsplatz 1

45128 Essen

Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday, 10-6 pm, Thursday/Friday, 10-8 pm,

also open on May 1st,
free entrance

Hollis Frampton (1936-1984) is known as experimental filmmaker and contemporary of artists such as Carl Andre, Yvonne Rainer and James Rosenquist in art history. With his photo series ADSVMVS ABSVMVS, in memory of Hollis William Frampton, Sr., 1913-1980, abest, from 1982, which will be shown at UG im Folkwang, he is introduced to an European audience as photographer and conceptual artist for the first time in a solo exhibition.

14 photographs and 15 texts are intertwined in ADVSMVS ABSVMVS and present Frampton as a taxidermist and collector of oddities. Fact and speculation are displayed as the means of the artist, and aim to initiate reflection on taxonomy, the idea of photographs as mummies and the relationship of image and language.

The exhibition results from a cooperation between Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, and Free University Berlin. It will be accompanied by a catalog published in the Folkwang Edition book series, with generous additional support of the Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft der Freunde, Förderer und Ehemaligen der Freien Universität Berlin. 

For further questions please contact the curators of the show, Anne Breimaier (a.breimaier@fu-berlin.de) and Matthias Gründig (matthias.gruendig@folkwang-uni.de).

All works reproduced courtesy of Charles Sims; Images © Estate of Hollis Frampton; Graphic design by Malte Lambert

Image copyright: Veronika Kurnosova, 2018