Images of the Exhibition: Rudolf Bonvie | Dialog

Priska Pasquer
Sep 17, 2013 3:22PM

The works can be found at


at Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne

September 7 - November 23, 2013

Rudolf Bonvie is regarded as one of Germany's first media artists, one whose work explores the function and impact of communication with images. In the 1970s and 1980s, his working material included photographs found in the press. Since he first started working on his "Stockmarket Works" in 2001 he concentrates his artistic work on the internet and, since 2012, on the Tumblr blog portal. 

In the Rudolf Bonvie "Dialog" exhibition at Galerie Priska Pasquer, the thirteen-piece image sequence of the same name from 1973 is juxtaposed with the artist's latest Tumblr works, thus building a bridge within his creations over a period of 40 years.


One of Rudolf Bonvie's artworks that received a lot of attention online is called "Dialog" from 1973. It shows 13 pictures of two hands in varying stages of nearness to each other. Attention means that it has been taken from his website by somebody who put in on tumblr. There it has been reblogged over 50.000 times to this date. Due to it's popularity on the internet, the pictures from the series "Dialog" appear frequently in his Tumblr works.

In our eponymous exhibition we show the original "Dialog" series from 1973 as well as the "Tumblr works", thus creating a bridge between the origin artwork and its translation and transformation to another artwork in the digital age. Over the course of this transformation Priska Pasquer and Rudolf Bonvie have decided to make an experiment on occasion of the exhibition in order to understand the value of art to the digital natives.

Priska Pasquer