Children of the Sun, Maxim Gorky
Burgtheater, 1988
© Christine de Grancy

Get out! I‘ll shoot ...

Theatre photography by Christine de Grancy

3 June to 7 November 2022

The exhibition at the Theatermuseum presents Christine de Grancy’s photographs of actors from the 1970s through the 1990s. In her varied œuvre she focuses on what is not immediately apparent. The photographer-artist was first engaged by the Burgtheater during the tenure of director Achim Benning (1976-1986), documenting with her camera legendary productions as well as the ensemble at work during rehearsals and performances in Vienna and abroad.

For this exhibition Christine de Grancy selected around 400 photographs from her extensive archive that invite visitors to either meet once more or discover many famous Austrian actors, including Erika Pluhar, a close friend of the photographer’s. Her subjects are shown both in moments of high tension in their role and in quiet, intimate moments backstage.

“I waited ... waited for that special moment, that unique moment, when the person opposite me – all these marvelous actors and actresses – unconsciously signaled to me: We are ready.”

“Please touch” is the motto of the in parts picture-book-like installation. Visitors are expressly invited to leaf through the “floating” photographs suspended from steel ropes and to recall and exchange

Born in Brno in 1942, Christine de Grancy began working as a graphic designer and art director in advertising agencies in Vienna in 1963, since 1965 she focused exclusively on artistic photography. Until today, the artist sees her work as an attempt to create a living connection with her sitters, to facilitate the authentic between people. Christine de Grancy‘s aim is to get close to her sitters but never so close as to offend.

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