Drive-In At Night

Drive-In At Night (2013) digital edition is a photograph captured by Wim Wenders in Montréal, Canada. The work pictures the ghostly abandon of a drive-in cinema late at night. Denuded of crowds and humanity, the vast blank spaces of the screens are silhouetted against the night sky - the colour and noise of their films seems a world away from this still and melancholy scene.

Primarily known for his films such as Wings of Desire, Pina and The Salt of the Earth, a portrait of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, Wenders acknowledges that “Photographic work is the other half of my life”. For decades he has created photographic oeuvre quite independent of his filmic work: photographs of lonely, at times somewhat bizarre places and landscapes, of settings that have their own story.

Drive-In At Night has not previously been exhibited before and is one of two editions released in partnership with the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf in celebration of the artists’ 70th birthday. The editions are presented as part of the retrospective exhibition 4 Real & True 2 / Wim Wenders. Landscapes. Photographs. at the museum in 2015, in which Drive-In At Night will be first shown.

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