Logo: Gerald Zugmann - Fotografie KG
Photographs are skins, pelliculae, simulacra, removed from the things that surround us or are even concealed from view.

The earliest photographs were as thin and fine in their material structure as the sheets of paper that received them – photogenic drawings, morphologies, exposed once in the contact and then removed from the light again between the pages of books. Photographs are leaves, life pages of a book, delicate, grassy, transparent pages of nature and manifest pages of built objects, the architecture of our world.

Gerald Zugmann - Fotografie KG Projects with artists and designers | Gerald Zugmann | Wien

Beside his architectural photography works Gerald Zugmann also carried out a lot of projects in the fields of exhibition photography and exhibition poster design.

Excerpts of a time bar – art and design | Gerald Zugmann | Vienna

Already in 1980/81 he photographed the catalogue of the legendary exhibition Design ist unsichtbar (Forum Design Linz) and designed some of the exhibition posters.

For artist friends he consequently took pictures of their spatial interventions and exhibitions, for example for Karl Hikades Installations An Act for a Project (1991), Crossing (1994) and Krauseco Nave (2000-2001). Corresponding to that, in 2002 a joint project presented an aluminium box with giclée prints of six photographs.

Gerald Zugmann photographed sundry installations by Ferdinand Penker (1950-2014) like Site Specific (1994), Süße Dauer Süd (1994), Kunstbrau (1996), Schloss Porcia (2003) as well as the two large Austrian exhibitions Abstraktes Material, Künstlerhaus Graz (2005) and the extensive Personale Ferdinand Penker, Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten (2010).

In 1987 Gerald Zugmann was assigned by Peter Noever (the new director of MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art at that time) to photograph over 100 objects of the permanent exhibition and for the publication Tradition und Experiment. Zugmann made the decision to show each of these objects in the context of the museum. Followed by this project, a long-standing collaboration between the museum and Gerald Zugmann started; outputting numerous photo series and billboard designs.

In the year 1988 the restructuring and rebuilding of the museum building started and Gerald Zugmann accompanied the process of changes with his camera. In the run of rebuilding some artistic intercessions took place. In this turn in 1990 the gate to the garden by Walter Pichler was installed. 

In 1992 another gate regarding the ring of the New York architect group SITE was set and in 1993 the MAK-Café by Hermann Czech opened. For the reconfiguration of the showrooms artist, not architects, were deliberately assigned: Günther Förg, Romanticism / Gothic / Renaissance; Donald Judd, Baroque, Rococo, Classicism; Franz Graf, Baroque, Rococo; Jenny Holzer; Empire, Biedermeier; Barbara Bloom, Historicism, Art Nouveau; Eichinger oder Knechtl, Art Nouveau, Art Deco; Heimo Zobernig, Wiener Werkstätte; Manfred Walkolbinger, 20th century, design and architecture; Gang Art, Orient. Most of these spaces are no more existent nowadays, apart from the photographs.

Despite of that, Gerald Zugmann also photographed the important exhibitions of the museum like:

Kunst und Revolution – Russische und sowjetische Kunst 1910-1932 (1988), Bernard Rudofsky, Sparta / Sybaris (1988), Carlo Scarpa, Die andere Stadt (1990), Donald Judd, Architektur (1991), Kiki Smith, Silent Work (1992), Vito Acconci, The City inside us (1993), Tyrannei des Schönen – Architektur in der Stalinzeit (1994), Sergei Bugaev Africa, Krimania (1995), Chris Burden, Beyond the limits (1996), Bruno Gironcolli, Die Ungeborenen / The Unbegotten, James Turrell, The other horizon (1998), Jannis Kounellis, Il sarcofago degli Sposi (1999), Franz West, Gnadenlos / Merciless (2001), Richard Artschwager, The Hydraulic Door Check (2002), Zaha Hadid, Architektur (2003), Wiener Werkstätte, Preis der Schönheit (2003) etc.

Another strong cooperation existed between the Freud Museum and Gerald Zugmann. For this institution he photographed exhibitions, exhibition rooms and the exhibition series A View from Outside with works from Joseph Kosuth (2003), Louise Bourgeois (2004), Glegg + Guttmann (2004), Ernesto Neto (2005), Monika Sosnowska (2005), Joan Jonas (2006), Ann-Sofie Sidén (2010), Susan Hefuna (2010) und Lala Rašči (2011).

Beside these works plenty of photographs of further projects in the area of art and design like the magnificent exhibition in the Künstlerhaus Graz (2000) on the influential fashion designer Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985), who lived in Los Angeles after having fled from Austria in 1938, the opening exhibition of Kunsthaus Bregenz (1997) with installations from James Turrell and in addition to another exhibition at the Kunsthaus Bregenz with works from Per Kirkeby (1998). Followed by large exhibitions from painter Max Weiler (1910-2001) in the Essl Museum (2010) and in the Wiener Albertina (2011). The vast exhibition Mozart. Experiment Aufklärung des Da Ponte Instituts in the Wiener Albertina (2006) and the legendary exhibition Traum und Wirklichkeit – Wien 1870-1930 at the Künstlerhaus Wien, created by Hans Hollein (1985).