Family Walk © Michael Nguyen

Nature is within us – Photo Paintings by Michael Nguyen in a permanent exhibition at Gauting Town Hall (Munich Metropolitan Area)

9 June 2021 - 28 May 2031
08:00 - 16:00

What is outside is no longer outside. Trees, forests, mountains, rivers, lakes. Michael Nguyen has transformed these elements in his artworks into feelings, fantasies and dreams. They become part of our inner nature, part of the human soul.

Family walk Who does not feel reminded of a painting by the impressionists Monet or Caillebotte in this photo by Michael Nguyen? The comparison is not so far-fetched: after the construction of the Munich-Starnberg railroad line in 1854, more and more city dwellers came to the romantic and charming Würm Valley for a cure or summer retreat, to relax and enjoy the enchanting landscape. Industry and companies also took advantage of the benefits of the location. Artists came with their daughters and wives, and they painted, drew portraits, taught, and indulged in all kinds of cultural activities. The villa colony of the Wilhelminian era thus brought the upper-middle-class cultural life to the craftsmen and farmers' village. Freethinkers such as the eccentric Theodor von Hallberg-Broich (the "Hermit of Gauting") or filmmaker Herbert Achternbusch found and still find a home in Gauting, at least temporarily. This explains the partly special "Gauting feeling" from the mixture of old-established, established cultural business and a touch of Bavarian anarchism...

Family walk
by Michael Nguyen
Who does not feel reminded of a painting by the impressionists Monet or Caillebotte in this photo by Michael Nguyen? The comparison is not so far-fetched: after the construction of the Munich-Starnberg railroad line in 1854, more and more city dwellers came to the romantic and charming Würm Valley for a cure or summer retreat, to relax and enjoy the enchanting landscape. Industry and companies also took advantage of the benefits of the location. Artists came with their daughters and wives, and they painted, drew portraits, taught, and indulged in all kinds of cultural activities. The villa colony of the Wilhelminian era thus brought the upper-middle-class cultural life to the craftsmen and farmers’ village. Freethinkers such as the eccentric Theodor von Hallberg-Broich (the “Hermit of Gauting”) or filmmaker Herbert Achternbusch found and still find a home in Gauting, at least temporarily. This explains the partly special “Gauting feeling” from the mixture of old-established, established cultural business and a touch of Bavarian anarchism…

Through the subjective lens, Michael Nguyen gives all a new perspectives, a new soul. “Michael Nguyen’s photography is the art of showing more than you can see. Making visible – worshipping the invisible, he walks with the third eye of a wanderer through the visual adventure of life.

His works does not reflect reality but are the interpretation of a moment. In his art photography, the work is often created by making changes to the original photograph in image editing programs, where the creativity of the artist knows no bounds.

13th June 1886: Ludwig’s mysterious death
by Michael Nguyen
“I want to remain an eternal mystery to myself and others…” (Ludwig II Otto Friedrich Wilhelm von Wittelsbach)
Under mysterious circumstances, King Ludwig II of Bavaria died on June 13, 1886, in shallow water near Berg on Lake Starnberg. The official version of “death by drowning” is doubted by many, especially since His Majesty was a skilled swimmer. To this day, royalty, also known as Guglmänner, are struggling to reconstruct the facts. They are certain: it was murder, and the “Kini” (The diminutive version of König – King) is by no means insane. Whatever the case may be. The fairy-tale king is widely revered, soon one hundred and fifty years after his passing away. His commitment to building castles, which was severely criticized at the time, now brings the Free State annual revenues in the tens of millions. In terms of history and landscape morphology, Gauting cannot be separated from the Würmsee and the surrounding area. A large number of sights can be explored on foot or by bicycle. Many only at second, third, or even fourth glance.

In my Photographic Paintings from my series “Nature is within us”  I work out a distinctive aesthetic effect of my pictures. Most of the motifs are outside, in daylight. Among my most popular motifs here are landscapes, riversides, forests. In the seasons autumn and spring I find the most popular moods for me. Characteristic for my pictures of this portfolio are blurred, blurred contours, sometimes scattered light and often the renunciation of the reproduction of details, similar in style to a painting.

This pictures taken in and around Gauting and in the Starnberg district – Gauting is a city in the Upper Bavarian administrative district of Starnberg and lies southwest of Munich on the river Würm.

Where the Emperor is born ... in the Gauting rice mill, according to the legend. There is no proof of this. However, some place and field names in the immediate vicinity may be connected with the origin of Charlemagne, such as the Karlsburg a few kilometers upstream of the Würm or the deserted historic Königswiesen, of which only St. Ulrich Chapel remains today. The Gauting coat of arms, whose mill wheel, emperor's coat, and crown on the tower of the rice mill shine far across the field, cannot be taken to imply the truth of the legend of Charlemagne: It was designed in the 1930s with reference to the Karlssage, the tower was built even later. Whether the name "Reismühle" originates from a phonetic variation of "Reichsmühle" or simply means "the mill in the middle of the brushwood" also remains disputed. On old representations of the mill, there is no shortage of bushes and shrubs in the surrounding area. Even without Charlemagne, the Reismühle remains a charismatic place whose beginnings are lost in the darkness of history. Located between prehistoric and Roman cemeteries, directly on the old Roman road, the Reismühlel today houses artists' studios, a boat workshop, and a fitness studio. Enough reasons for a visit...

Where the Emperor is born
by Michael Nguyen
… in the Gauting rice mill, according to the legend. There is no proof of this. However, some place and field names in the immediate vicinity may be connected with the origin of Charlemagne, such as the Karlsburg a few kilometers upstream of the Würm or the deserted historic Königswiesen, of which only St. Ulrich Chapel remains today. The Gauting coat of arms, whose mill wheel, emperor’s coat, and crown on the tower of the rice mill shine far across the field, cannot be taken to imply the truth of the legend of Charlemagne: It was designed in the 1930s with reference to the Karlssage, the tower was built even later. Whether the name “Reismühle” originates from a phonetic variation of “Reichsmühle” or simply means “the mill in the middle of the brushwood” also remains disputed. On old representations of the mill, there is no shortage of bushes and shrubs in the surrounding area. Even without Charlemagne, the Reismühle remains a charismatic place whose beginnings are lost in the darkness of history. Located between prehistoric and Roman cemeteries, directly on the old Roman road, the Reismühlel today houses artists’ studios, a boat workshop, and a fitness studio. Enough reasons for a visit…

The first mayor, Dr. Brigitte Kössinger, writes in her welcoming address to the exhibition: “Are these paintings? Are they photos? No, the pictures you see here are both. This is wonderful photo art, which above all offers completely new perspectives on your old or new home Gauting. From simple brick walls, some of them grow individual insights into our community and the district. I am pleased that the artist and photographer Michael Nguyen has given us some of his works here as a permanent exhibition, bringing life and colorful joy to our hallways. Thank you for that. To visitors to City Hall, I wish you a stimulating view from the waiting area. Take advantage of the time and be inspired.”

 

The texts to the pictures were written by Bernd Wiedemann

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