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Moscow City Government
Moscow City Department of Culture
Russian Academy of Arts
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
State Center of Photography ROSFOTO
Goethe-Institut Russland
supported by
Clifford Chance


Mona Breede
Date: January 29 – February 15, 2009
Venue: Moscow Museum of Modern Art at 9 Tverskoy Boulevard (Zurab Gallery)
Opening: January 28, 6 pm

In her early works, Mona Breede often chose public spaces that were artworks in their own right. She watched how human beings moved, how they reacted to each other and to the surrounding space. Today she is mostly interested in people and places. As a photographer, Mona Breede has a keen and sensitive eye. Her works, being so expressive, interpret the reality and put their mark on it.

Mona Breede says:

«I want my photos to touch those who look at them. I want the viewer to constantly return to them and to experience something new and unknown every time. This very goal rules the whole process of creating photography. That`s why, to my mind, it doesn`t matter how and at what particular moment I interfere with the making of my photos.

Apart from the background, light is very important for me. I was always interested in extreme conditions when light dictates the rules, a powerful and changing light with its inherent contrasts. The time that I want to show in my pictures is not winter with its heavy sky but bright sun, dawn hours, light and shade«.

Mona Breede was born in Kiel (Germany) in 1968. In 1988-1989, she was intern at the photography department of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg. Then she studied photography in Munich, at the Bayeriche Staatslehranstalt für Photographie, and at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung de Karlsruhe, under Rolf Sachsse and Thomas Struth. In 2001-2002, Mona Breede was teacher for photography and design at the Merkur Akademie in Karlsruhe.

In 2007, after photographing in Chicago, Mona Breede went to Asia and Russia and returned with new marvelous photographic series representing Shanghai, Moscow, and St Petersburg. These works of latest years will be on view in Russia for the first time: at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (from January 28 till February 15, 2009) and at the State Center of Photography in St Petersburg (from April 3 till May 31, 2009).

Solo exhibitions

Dittmar Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Mc Bride Art Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
ART PARIS, Paris, France
CM ART, Paris, France

Goethe-Institut, Riga, Latvia
Heinz-Martin Weigand Gallery, Ettlingen, Germany
Kunstverein Plauen-Vogtland, Plauen, Germany

Dittmar Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Goethe-Institut, Lyon («Septembre de la photographie, Lyon»), France

Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
New Stock Exchange, Frankfurt, Germany

Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens, Greece
Heinz-Martin Weigand Gallery, Ettlingen, Germany

Dittmar Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Goethe-Institut, London, UK
Brückstrasse Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany

Group exhibitions

Tyrol Industry in Contemporary Photography
(catalogue: M. Gaal & O. Karvonen, R. Merkisch, W. Niedermayr, T. Rautert, F. Schwinge)

Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens, Greece
K4 Gallery, W. Deller, Saarbrücken, Germany

Portraits of Children, Kunstraum Falkenstein, Hamburg, Germany
(together with M.-J. Lafontaine, B. Prinz, A. Sander, par E. Droescher)

Insight of Contemporary Photography into Architecture: Dittmar Gallery, Berlin, Germany
(K. Kinold, B. Klemm, H. Schäfer, U. Schwarz)

Perspectives of women ´99 - Dreams, Visions, Utopias (Prinz-Max-Palais, Karlsruhe, Germany)


UBS, Basel, Switzerland
ZKM, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Dresdner Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
DZ Bank, Frankfurt, Germany

Curator: CM ART

Contacts for press

France: Constance de Malleray, +33 (0)1 4634 6648
Russia: Maria Tsyganova, +7 916 310 1675

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