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About Klaus ThymannGiraffe Manor Klaus Thymann has a feel for places and moments so out of the ordinary that we question whether our eyes are deceiving us. “Giraffe Manor” actually exists in Nairobi, Kenya. Guests at the hotel share the grounds with a herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes from a nearby nature reserve. Only a few hundred of this subspecies remain in the wild. These curious animals like to
BACKGROUND INFORMATIONGiraffe Manor
Klaus Thymann has a feel for places and moments so out of the ordinary that we question whether our eyes are deceiving us. “Giraffe Manor” actually exists in Nairobi, Kenya. Guests at the hotel share the grounds with a herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes from a nearby nature reserve. Only a few hundred of this subspecies remain in the wild. These curious animals like to poke their heads through the manor windows, and some even eat from the breakfast table – a thought that is as moving as it is bizarre. We cannot help but smile and marvel at the nearly surreal scenes Thymann captures.
Nude and the City: Klaus Thymann’s Shanghai Nudes
To be noticed in a city of over 18 million is an art. Klaus Thymann confronts the backdrop of the anonymous megacity Shanghai with a pure sex appeal of Western making. The beautiful blond, who in public spaces is still restrained but in the supposed security of an endless landscape of rooftops sheds her cover, originate from the universe of a master of erotic photography: Helmut Newton. But different from Newton’s scenes, in Thymann’s photographs there is always a component of danger, of being discovered by the foreign residents of an exotic urban landscape. This creates a tension that can only emerge in places where cultures collide.
Klaus Thymann lives in London and has filmed music videos for bands and musicians such as Depeche Mode, Coldplay, and David Bowie. In many of his series he integrates elements of current trends of the most various subcultures. Shanghai, for instance, does not seem the shiny new product of a massive economic boom; rather, he shows its rough edges. The skyline and the luminous neon lights of the city are filtered through smoke; the beautiful visitors lie naked on cement. Thymann’s visual world does not look born of the superficial world of glamour. It is both authentic and unreal.
Klaus Thyman was born in Denmark in 1974 and opened his first studio in Copenhagen in 1995. He lives in London as a photographer and director.
2022 Fellow at The Royal Geographical Society 2020
current Advisory board of Danish School of Media and Journalism
current Hasselblad Ambassador
2011-2019 Board Member of Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) 2008 current Founder and Director Project Pressure
2019 VOICES FOR THE FUTURE, projection onto the UN building in New York 2019 Shroud at Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica 2015 Timezone at The Supermarket, New York 2010 'Klaus Thymann for i-D’ at BBlessing, New York 2008 HYBRIDS, Exposure, London 2007 HYBRIDS book launch and solo exhibition at DreamBag Jaguar shoes, London
HYBRIDS book launch and solo exhibition at V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
HYBRIDS book launch and solo exhibition at Wild Project, New York
2006 ‘I can’t see what you are saying’ at B&B Premium in conjunction with ArtMBassy, Berlin 2006 no.one Gallery, London 2005 Fast Forwad on Pause r-s-v-p Gallery, Munich 2004 ‘Because my phone is not a camera’ at Viaux Gallery, Hamburg
Publications and Broadcast
BBC, Bloomberg Business Week, British Journal of Photography, CNN, Danish Broadcast, Dazed & Confused, Disegno, Financial Times, GQ, i-D, Lensculture, L’Officiel Hommes, National Geographic, New York Times, NPR, Nowness, Monocle, Outside, POP, Rolling Stones, Royal Photographic Society Journal, The Face, The Guardian, The Observer, Vice, V Magazine, V Magazine, Wired
Science and Academia
Central St. Martins, Danish Technical University Aqua, Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NASA, Oxford University, London School of Economics, University of the Arts London, University of Brighton, University of Cancun, University of Copenhagen, University of Florida, University of Roma, World Glacier Monitoring Service
Institutions, Charities and NGOs
Alzheimer’s Society, Amigos de Sian Ka’an, Design and Artists Copyright Society, Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future, Glacier Trust, Global Ocean Trust, Homeless World Cup, Lighthouse Foundation, London Cycling Campaign, Red Cross, Teenage Cancer Trust, UNICEF, United Nations, University of Florida, Wildlife Trust, Women for Women, World Health Organization
Adidas, Asics, Audi, Bjorn Borg, BMW Motorcycles, Carlsberg, Casio, Coca-Cola, Diesel, Dr Martens, Fjällraven, Hasselblad, Gatorade, Google, HSBC, Jaguar, Johnnie Walker, Jordan, Lenovo, Levi’s, Nike, Playstation, Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Sony, Speedo, Target, T-Mobile, Umbro, Westin Resorts
Exhibitions and Collections
Design Museum Denmark, Horniman Museum London, Institute of Contemporary Art London, Natural History Museum Vienna, Museum of Climate Change Hong Kong, Museum of Modern Art Stockholm, MoMA San Francisco
2022 MELTDOWN at Whirinaki Whare Taonga & Nelson Provincial Museum, New Zealand 2021 MELTDOWN at galerija Jakopič, Ljubiana 2021
‘Forever Changes’ Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
Mountains, Stimultana, Strasbourg
2020 Project Pressure at Landskrona Fotofestival
‘Living the City’, Tempelhof, Berlin
‘Kiruna Forever’, ArkDes, Stockholm
Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today, Design Museum Denmark 2019 MELTDOWN at The Horniman Museum and Gardens, London
2019 WARNING SIGNS at Alt +1000 with Musée des beaux-arts, Le Locle 2019 MELTDOWN at Natural History Museum, Vienna 2018 ‘When Records Melt’ at Museum of Unseen, Amsterdam
2018 ‘Vanishing Glaciers’ at Museum of Climate Change, Hong Kong 2016 Uncertain States at The Mile End Art Pavilion, London
NEO Artprize 2015 Finalist, Bolton
Nordic House Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
2014 125 Live at Londonnewcastle, London 2013 House of Arts, part of National Cultural Centre, Bratislava
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London
2012 Featured artist in Contemporary Art Society Leap! Gala 2011
Menonsyne selected for The-Event at Grand Union, Birmingham
Menonsyne public screening at Big Screen Project, New York
CITIES: visionary places at Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles
After the crash at Orto Botanico UNESCO heritage site (with catalogue), Rome