Bernhard Hartmann

MUNICH OPERA AT GÄRTNERPLATZ

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In recent years, Bernhard Hartmann has been photographing theatres and opera houses in various regions of Germany. The Munich Opera at Gätnerplatz is located on Max-Joseph-Platz. It was Maximilian I of Bavaria who ordered its construction. The plans were drawn by Karl von Fischer, who was inspired by the Odéon in Paris. The theatre opened its doors in 1818. This first theatre was destroyed in a fire in 1823. It was immediately rebuilt and reopened in 1825. The second theatre was designed by Leo von Klenze. In 1930, the building was modified in order to provide a wider stage and modernised facilities. In October 1943, it was destroyed when the city was shelled. Architect Gerhard Moritz Graubner recreated the original Neoclassical building after the war, based on Karl von Fischer?s plans.

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Bernhard Hartmann

Born in Frankfurt in 1955, Bernhard Hartmann began his artistic career at the age of 18 as a press photographer for a German newspaper. Self-taught, he studied art and became a landscape photographer after discovering this medium with the aid of his parents? Polaroid. He creates dramatic and cinemascopic images that are often compared to the Romantic paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, but also to the dramatic natural scenes by English painter William Turner. He prefers to photograph places where the arts are practised and expressed and thus presents series on operas, theatres, or European manors. A lawyer in Munich, Bernard Hartmann now lives near Lake Starnberg in the Bavarian Alps. His works belong to numerous private collections and have been shown in the United States, Spain, Italy, and Germany. He was elected ?Photographer of the Year? by a Swiss magazine and won the ?American Black-and-White Photo Awards? as well as the ?Panoramic Epson Award?.

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