Walter Niedermayr

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Walter Niedermayr (* 27 February 1952 in Bolzano/Bozen) is an Italian photographer.

Niedermayr is mostly renowned for his photographs investigating the space as a reality occupied and shaped by people, questioning the ephemeral realms between representation and imagination. This body of work started in 1987 with the series Alpine Landschaften (Alpine Landscapes), and continued with Raumfolgen (Space Con / Sequences) (1991), Rohbauten (Shell Constructions) (1997) and Artefakte (Artifacts) (1992). His series Bildraum (Image-Space) (2001) focuses on architecture, space and environment. Between 2005 and 2008 he worked on the series Iran, while between 2009-2010 he has been working on The Aspen Series in Colorado. Between 2011 and 2014 Walter Niedermayr has been teaching Fine Art Photography at the Faculty of Design and Art, at the Free University of Bolzano/Bozen.

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2017: "Snow future. Hansjörg Dobliar, Philipp Messner, Walter Niedermayr", Naturmuseum Bozen; "The Power of Images", MAST, Bologna
  • 2016: "Extraordinary Visions / L’Italia ci guarda", MAXXI, Roma; "Arte e architettura: punti di vista", MantovArchitettura, Casa del Mantegna, Mantova; "A Tile, some Milk, a Machine and Logistics. Photographs of Emilia-Romagna at Work", MAST, Bologna; Snow Future.; "The Alps – Perspectives of a cherished Landscape in the arts and sciences. Exhibition. Lectures.", with Philipp Messner and Hansjoerg Dobliar, ERES Stiftung, München
  • 2015: "Faszination Fotografie", Essl Museum, Wien; "Montagna. Oltre la natura", Palazzo Assessorile, MART, Cles; "Italia. Inside Out", Palazzo della Ragione, Milano; "Grand Tour", Harley Gallery, Welbeck/Nottinghamshire; "Landschaft in Bewegung. Filmische Ausblicke auf ein unbestimmtes Morgen", Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz; "Landscape in my Mind - Landschaftsfotografie heute", Bank Austria Kunstforum, Wien
  • 2014: "Fundamentals", 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venezia; "La Collezione di Fotografia Europea. Sguardi contemporanei", Fotografia Europea 014 Festival, Reggio Emilia; "Erde & Copyright", Werkstadt Graz / Galerie Crazy, Graz Contemporary, Graz; "Il sublime e il banale", Galleria Civica / Trento Film Festival, Trento 2014
  • 2013: "TAV Bologna Milano - Fotografia, ricerca e territorio", Maxxi, Roma, "CONCRETE – Fotografie und Architektur", Fotomuseum Winterthur, "Landmark: The Fields of Photography", Positive View Foundation, Somerset House, London
  • 2012: "Peripheral Visions: Italian Photography in Context, 1950s-Present", The Bertha and Karl Laubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, The City University of New York, New York
  • 2011: "Tokyo Art Meeting (II) Architectural Environments for Tomorrow - New Spatial Practices in Architecture and Art", Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; "Imperfect Health", Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal; "Blink! Light, Sound & the Moving Image", Denver Art Museum; "Alpine Desire", Austrian Cultural Forum, New York; "Hafnarhús – Without Destination", Reykjavík Art Museum (RAM)
  • 2010: "People meet in Architecture" - Arsenale, 12. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, Biennale di Venezia; Daegu Photo Biennale 2010
  • 2009: ">Natur< in der Kunst der Gegenwart", Kunstmuseum Bonn; "Before Architecture, After Architecture", Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
  • 2008: Manifesta7, "The Rest of Now", Alumix Bozen/Bolzano, Region Trentino-South Tyrol; "Von der Weite des Eises", Albertina Wien; "Art Incorporated – The Role of Art in Urban Development", Kunstmuseet Koge; "Art is for the spirit", Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; "All inclusive. Die Welt des Tourismus", Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt; "Lugares comprometidos. Topografía y actualidad", Photoespaña 2008, XI International Festival of Photography and Visual Arts, Madrid
  • 2007: "Tourist's Tale", Arhus Kunstbygning; "Reality Crossings", 2. Fotofestival Mannheim / Ludwigshafen / Heidelberg; "Japan und der Westen", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; "There is no border, there is no border, there is no border, no border, no border, no border, I wish", Galerie im Taxispalais Innsbruck; "Northern Lights - Reflecting with Images", Galleria Civica di Modena
  • 2006: "Sanaa/Walter Niedermayr", with Sanaa architects, Architekturmuseum, Basel; "Peintres de la vie moderne", Centre Pompidou, Paris; "Opening up Art, Tate Modern", UBS Art Collection, London; "Archit-Action", Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
  • 2005: "Sanaa", 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, with Sanaa architects, Kanazawa; "Multiple Räume (2) Park", Kunsthalle, Baden Baden
  • 2004: "Metamorph", 9. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, Biennale di Venezia; "Public Record", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • 2003: "The Spirit of White", Fondation Beyeler, Basel; "Montagna. Arte, scienza, mito da Dürer a Warhol", MART, Rovereto; "Natürlich gebaut. Die Landschaft zwischen Konstruktion und Narration", Helmhaus, Zürich; "Paikan Politicat. Politics of Sense", Suomen valokuvataiteen museo. Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; "Platsens Politik", Länsmuseet Västernorrland, Härnösand
  • 2002: "Paysages", 4th Biennale d’Art contemporain, Enghien-les-Bains
  • 2000: "Anti Memory", Yokohama Museum of Art


  • Walter Niedermayr | Raumaneignungen. Lech 2015-2016, Text by Catherine Grout and a conversation between Gerold and Katia Schneider, Walter Niedermayr and Arno Ritter, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2016, ISBN 978-3-7757-4266-5.
  • Walter Niedermayr - The Aspen Series, Texts by Chris Byrne, Catherine Grout, Paula Crown, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2013, ISBN 978-3-7757-3212-3.
  • Walter Niedermayr | Mose, Editor Tiziana Serena, Linea di Confine editore, Rubiera/Koenig Books, London 2011. ISBN 978-3-86560-395-1
  • Walter Niedermayr | Appearances, Editors Filippo Maggia and Francesca Lazzarini, Skira, Milan 2011. ISBN 978-88-572-0975-3
  • Walter Niedermayr | Recollection, Editors Amir Cheheltan and Lars Mextorf, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2010. ISBN 978-3-7757-2738-9
  • Station Z Sachsenhausen, Editors HG Merz + Walter Niedermayr, Publisher Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2009. ISBN 978-3-7757-2397-8
  • Walter Niedermayr | Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / Sanaa, Editor Moritz Küng, DeSingel, Antwerp/Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2007. ISBN 978-3-7757-1890-5
  • Novartis Campus-Fabrikstrasse, 4, Sanaa/Sejima+Nishizawa: Works by Walter Niedermayr, text by Ulrike Jehle-Schulte, Architekturmuseum Basel/Merian, 2006. ISBN 978-3-85616-519-2
  • Walter Niedermayr | TAV, Linea di Confine, Rubiera/Schlebrügge, Vienna 2006. ISBN 978-3-85160-078-0
  • Walter Niedermayr | Titlis, Codax, Zürich 2004. ISBN 978-3-7757-1405-1
  • Walter Niedermayr | Zivile Operationen, Kunsthalle Wien/Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2003. ISBN 978-3-7757-1260-6
  • Raumfolgen 1991-2001, texts by Martin Prinzhorn, Carl Aigner and Andrea Domesle, Eikon, Vienna, 2001. ISBN 978-3-9501157-9-6
  • Remixed. Niedermayr, Pauhof, Hauser, text Moritz Küng, ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano 1998. ISBN 3-9500803-0-9
  • Reservate des Augenblicks. Momentary resorts., Editors Francesco Bonami, Siegrid Hauser, Ar/Ge Kunst, Bozen, and Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 1998. ISBN 978-3-89322-962-8
  • Die bleichen Berge. I monti pallidi., Ar/Ge Kunst, Bozen, and Raetia, 1994. ISBN 978-88-7283-049-9

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