Wim Wenders (German, b.1945) was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. Wenders became interested in film while working as an engraver for Johnny Friedlaender (German, 1912–1992) in France. He moved back to Germany and began working for United Artists, and then enrolled at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film in Munich from 1967 to 1970.

Wenders was a prominent figure at the end of the New German Cinema period of the 1960s. As a filmmaker, he is most noted for films such as Paris, Texas, for which he won the Palm D’Or at Cannes in 1984, and Wings of Desire, for which he won Best Director at Cannes in 1987. In addition to his narrative films, Wenders has had success in documentary film making as well, with films such as Buena Vista Social Club (1999).

Wenders has also exhibited photographs since the 1980s. These works come from his travels and his location-scouting for films. He has had his work shown at many galleries and museums throughout his career. Between 1986 and 1992, his show, Written in the West, toured throughout Europe and Miami. The show included a collection of photography from his time location-scouting for Paris, Texas in 1983. Wim Wenders Photographs, a collection of his personal photographs, was exhibited around the world from 1989 to 1994. He then exhibited Landscape and Memory at the Gallery of Contemporary Photography in Santa Monica in 1996.

Other exhibitions of his photography include Once, which was exhibited from 1993 to 1995, and a retrospective of his landscape photography called Pictures from the Surface of the Earth, which was exhibited from 2002 to 2004 at major museums such as the Guggenheim. Recently, Wenders made Pina, a 3-D movie about the work of choreographer Pina Bausch. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and Berlin, Germany.

Timeline

1945
Born in Düsseldorf, Germany
1963–1965
Studied medicine and philosophy in Munich, Freiburg and Düsseldorf
1970
Graduated from the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, Munich, Germany
1984
Elected member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin
1989
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Award, Bielefeld, Germany
1991
Appointed Chairman and later President of the European Film Academy
Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA and Berlin, Germany

Exhibitions

2011
Places, Strange and Quiet, Haunch of Venison, London, UK (solo)
2010
Places, Strange and Quiet, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo (solo)
2009
Journey to Onomichi, Heiner Bastian, Berlin (solo)
2009
Nature Nation, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
2009
Shake It: An Instant History of the Polaroid, Pump House Gallery, London, UK
2006
Immagini dal Pianeta Terra, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, Italy (solo)
2006
Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro (solo)
2004
Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (solo)
2004
James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2004
Images of Time and Place, Contemporary Views of Landscape, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, USA
2004
Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy (solo)
2004
Pictures from the Surface of the Earth, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China; Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2003
Galerie Judin Belot, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2003
Pictures from the Surface of the Earth, Haunch of Venison, London, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; City Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2002
Pictures from the Surface of the Earth, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
2001
Pictures from the Surface of the Earth, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
1996
Landscape and Memory, Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Santa Monica, USA (solo)
1996
Photos, in conjunction with the publication Wim Wenders:Photos, Munich: Goethe Institut (1996), Goethe Institutes worldwide (solo)
1995
Wim Wenders Photo Exhibition, FNAC, Berlin, Germany; Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Italy (solo)
1994
Wim Wenders Photo Exhibition, Villa delle Rose, Bologna, Italy; FNAC, Paris, France; Parco, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1993
Wim Wenders Photo Exhibition, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy in conjunction with the publication, Once, Munich: Schirmer/ Mosel (2001) (solo)
1992
Wim Wenders Photographs, Shibuya Seibu Dept. Store, Tokyo, Japan; Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan; Musée de L‟Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1992
Written in the West, Städtische Galerie Schwarzes Kloster, Freiburg (Breisgau), Germany
1991
Wim Wenders Photographs, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, Munich, Germany; Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
1990
Written in the West, Saint-Yrieix-La-Perche, France
1990
Galerie Marie-Louise Wirth, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
1989
Galerie F. C Gundlach, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1988
Written in the West, Palazzo della Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy; Film Society of Miami, Miami, Florida; Goethe Institut, Stockholm, Sweden; Goethe Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark
1987
Written in the West, Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal
1987
Written in the West, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France in conjunction with the publication, Written in the West, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel