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Großer Stechlinsee, 2017, Foto: Kienzle (Silvergelatine Print, 38 x 48cm)

That's how the chat went. The sun was already slanting,
when it suddenly flashed between the trunks, and
immediately our eyes caught sight of a wide expanse of water
on which, shining and almost dazzling, the afternoon
afternoon⸗sun lay.
This is the "Stechlin", we were told. The next moment
I jumped out of the car; my companion followed.
We were standing on a kind of quay, the tall trunks of the
forest at our heads, a wide expanse of water deep below us.
below us. Over there, forest again, also to the left and right,
peninsulas stretching into the lake from everywhere.
Water, sky, silence. The whole thing had that peculiar
effect on our minds, as if we were facing a
as if we were face to face with a mute whom it urges to speak
but the unresolved tongue refuses the service.
We guess this and that from his features; in vain,
what he wants to say remains unsaid.
We sat down at the edge of the ledge and
and listened to the silence.
It remained as it was. Not a boat, not a bird, not even a
clouds. Just green and blue and sun.

Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg: Erster
Theil. Die Grafschaft Ruppin, dritte, vermehrte
Auflage, Berlin: Wilhelm Hertz 1875, Kapitel „Die
Menzer Forst und der Große Stechlin“, S. 277 f.


Brandenburger Notizen: Fontane - Krüger - Kienzle

The exhibition and publication is a project within the theme year
fontane.200/Spuren – Kulturland Brandenburg 2019

Publication: Verlag für Berlin-Brandenburg

© Lorenz Kienzle
© for the photographs of Heinz Krüger: Museum und Galerie Falkensee


28th April 4th June 2023
at the Stadtpfarrkirche St. Marien Müncheberg
Ernst-Thälmann-Str 52
15374 Müncheberg

7th May - 14th August 2022
at the Wegemuseum Wusterhausen/Dosse
Am Markt 3
16868 Wusterhausen/Dosse
Telefon 033979 877-60

19th Oktober - 19th November 2019
Opening October 19th at 3 p.m. at the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, Foyer des SUB Hauptgebäudes, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 1, 37073 Göttingen

2nd August - 14th October 2019
Remise am Schloss Rheinsberg
Schloss Rheinsberg 2, 16831 Rheinsberg

15.March - 30.June 2019
Museum und Galerie Falkensee


Cornelia Felsch, Märkische Allgemeinen Zeitung, 4.8.19, Fotograf begibt sich auf Fontanes Spuren

Bernadette Conrad: "'Ganz selbständig im Leben, Anschauung und Denkungsart'. Zum 200. Geburtstag von Theodor Fontane begeben sich etliche neue Bücher auf seine Spuren Literaturblatt für Baden-Württemberg, Juli/August 2019

Maurice Wojach, Märkische Allgemeinen Zeitung, 25.6.19, Die Faszination des Fotografen Lorenz Kienzle für Brandenburg

Marlies Schnaibel in the Märkischen Zeitung, 25.6.19 Fontane löst Bücherflut aus

Radio feature, 19.3.19, Märkische Wandlungen, RBB Kulturradio
Starting at 37:30 min.

Film about the project from Omar Akahare, 28.3.19
Meine Theodor Fontane Geschichte

About the project

The photo exhibition combines Theodor Fontane’s texts and sketches with black and white photographs by the two photographers Heinz Krüger and Lorenz Kienzle.

Heinz Krüger traveled between 1963 and 1970 through the March of Brandenburg and photographed in the locations described by Fontane for a publication of Aufbau Verlag. From these recordings a whole new selection was made, which tells us about everyday life in the GDR 50 years later. Lorenz Kienzle took Fontanes notebooks in 2017 during his excursions through Brandenburg, which originated in 1860 and could be used for the first time in a transcribed and commented version for this project. They form the raw material for the texts on the walks through the March of Brandenburg. The notes are more straightforward and direct than the work that emerged from them. Equipped with a bike and a plate camera, Lorenz Kienzle also drove through Brandenburg to get his picture. His photographs of landscapes, places and animals usually speak for themselves and are combined in the exhibition with Theodor Fontane’s texts and the photographs by Heinz Krüger. This creates a web of relationships that tells of the transience, but also the timelessness of places that you can always rediscover.