Thomas Kretschmann: MUSE

through 31 December 2021 // at Leica Gallery, Munich

Opening on 1 October 2021, Leica Galerie Munich will present the first major solo exhibition by German artist and Hollywood star Thomas Kretschmann.

For around ten years now, the renowned actor has been using his Leica to capture moments on the set, fellow actors, and impressive behind-the-scene situations, taken in familiar contexts or during his travels. What interests him is less the staging of a photograph than collecting “frozen moments.” Viewers were already treated to first glimpses of Kretschmann’s work in autumn 2019 at BERLIN PHOTO WEEK. Now, two years later, he invites us to “dive in” together for a more in-depth look at his photographic œuvre.

The central series, titled MUSE, was created over the last years at his home swimming pool in the hills of Los Angeles. Similar to Helmut Newton’s work, Kretschmann, a former professional swimmer, often shoots in locations having to do with water, swimming, or the sea. Thus, it’s only logical that the photographer photographed his longtime partner and muse Brittany Rice in a multipart aquatic series. Floating on the water as if in a trance, emerging from the water, or diving into it, clad in a delicate negligee, she enchants viewers like Friedrich de la Motte Fouquet’s Undine or a siren from ancient Greece…