Arnold Odermatt was a Swiss policeman, who has been engaged in independent photography practice for more than 40 years. Odermatt is best known for his impressive series of black-and-white photographs “Karambolage” , which captures the first motor vehicle crashes without showing people, but only impressive snapshots from colliding cars. Odermatt’s shots were never intended for galleries or other art institutions. His practice is documentation of road accidents created by a diligent police officer. In this series, many different functions of photography as a genre overlap – the series combines the expression of reportage, poetry and social criticism.
2001 Curator Harold Szeeman rediscovered images of Odermatt and helped them discover a place in the world of art. Odermatt’s works have been exhibited alongside such creators as Joseph Beuys, Auguste Rodin, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly and many others at the Venice Biennale.
Odermatt’s exhibition at the National Library not only rediscovers the photographic media and the history of photography, in which the principles of other practices and institutions exist, but also invites new reflections on topics such as: human-technological relations, the speed of modernity, unexpected expectations and human error. The exhibition also reminds of the freedom of creative expression and the possibility of an individual gaze, working even in those professional fields that have clearly limited functions. The National Library exhibition was implemented with Galerie Springer, one of the most famous galleries in Berlin. The exhibition is supported by the Lithuanian Culture Council.
Guided tour of the exhibition (1 excursion)
Location: Exhibition Hall, 3th floor
Pre-registration required: Number of participants in the event: maximum 30 participants.
Tour starts: 7.00 PM
Guided tour duration: 45 min
Project promoter: Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Galerie Springer Berlin, Lithuanian Council for Culture