||On September 7, an exhibition by Horst and Daniel Zielske, "Megalopolis Shanghai," is scheduled to open at the Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe. The museum has released two pictures for the press which closely resemble two items from Peter Bialobrzeski's "Neontigers" series, "Shanghai 2001" #57 and "Shanghai 2001" # 65 (cf. the appendix). "Neontigers" was awarded the 2003 World Press Award in the Art category. The book on the series, originally published by Hatje Cantz in 2004, has also received numerous international awards; it is now available in its second edition and continues to sell well both in Germany and abroad. More than 10,000 visitors saw the exhibition at the Hamburg Museum der Arbeit in 2004. By now, the photographs from "Neontigers" have been exhibited and reviewed on all five continents; "Shanghai 2001" #65 is currently on display at this year's Architecture Venice Biennale. Renowned magazines around the world have published the pictures, ART magazine dedicated considerable space to the work, and the New York Times covered the exhibition in a three-quarter-page review.|
Horst und Daniel Zielske certainly knew of the work and of the individual photographs, as before their first trip to Shanghai they had called Peter Bialobrzeski and asked for advice between colleagues, which he had provided as a colleague.
When Peter Bialobrzeski became aware of the MKG circulating press pictures very similar to some of his own work, he asked the MKG to remove the photographs in question from the planned exhibition. Concerning details, colors and lighting, the Zielskes' "Nanpu Bridge, Shanghai 2002" and "Xuhui II, Shanghai 2005" clearly - even to a lay person - bear resemblance to a work which is well-established on the international art market as an original statement, both aesthetically and in content, and especially since the 2004 exhibition in Hamburg and the corresponding book publication.
Father and son Zielske nonetheless beg to differ. Their creed is stated in a press release of the Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe as follows:
"One possible explanation: There are innumerable moments - but only a few good ones. To see that one moment coming which counts, that is the secret of Horst und Daniel Zielske."
We are respectfully taking our hats off towards such overwhelming mysticism. To simply go and check where others have stood would have been too easy, would it not?
L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, USA
Hatje Cantz Publishers, Ostfildern, Germany
September, 3rd 2006