Lot 38
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Dieter Appelt

30,000 - 50,000 USD
56,250 USD
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  • Dieter Appelt
  • 'Forth Bridge - Cinema. Metric Space'
  • gelatin silver print
  • Overall 60 1/4  by 159 1/2  in. (153 by 405 cm.)
a sequence of 8 panels, comprising 312 photographs, each panel framed, signed, titled, and numbered sequentially in ink, the photographer's Berlin studio, date, and copyright stamps, signed, dated, and editioned 'e. a.' in ink, the first panel annotated '8 teil' and dedicated 'für Hanna Appelt' in ink on a typeset label and with a postcard of the Forth Rail Bridge and hanging schematic, on the reverse, 2003 (8)


Galerie Kicken Berlin, 2011


Dieter Appelt, Dieter Appelt / Forth Bridge-Cinema. Metric Space = (Montréal: Centre Canadien d'Architecture, 2005), pp. 57-60

Matthias Flügge, Raum, Orte der Kunst (Berlin, 2007), pp. 312-3

Catalogue Note

As part of the Centre Canadien d’Architecture’s Tangent series, Dieter Appelt was commissioned to create a new work inspired by the CCA’s vast collection and archives.   Appelt was immediately drawn to a large group of photographs related to the Forth Bridge, a 19th century cantilevered steel bridge spanning the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh, Scotland, which he had visited nearly three decades earlier.

Drawing upon the extensive photographs, drawings, blueprints, and ephemera that comprise the CCA’s Forth Bridge Archive, Appelt studied the engineering and construction of the Forth Bridge, devising a highly systematic plan for its documentation.   After first taking still photographs of the full span, he employed a 35mm motion picture camera that took individual 1/125-second frames.   These film stills were then arranged into grids based on a complex numbering system corresponding to the bridge’s railings.  Together, the 8 panels, each with 39 single-frame photographs, create a ‘cinematographic-photographic scan’ of the bridge that can be read horizontally across the panels, but also from top to bottom, like a scroll.

Forth Bridge—Cinema. Metric Space is represented in the collections of the Centre Canadien d’Architecture and the National Galleries of Scotland.