Mythos Tour de France: Düsseldorf exhibition opens

Düsseldorf starts building its Grand Départ celebrations this week when Mythos Tour de France, an exhibition of work from world-renowned photographers and artists, opens at the NRW-Forum.

FRANCE. July, 1939. Tour de France.

Regular Rouleur contributors Olaf Unverzart and Timm Kölln exhibit alongside some of the Magnum greats – Robert Capa, Harry Gruyeart, Richard Kalvar, Guy Le Querrec and John Vink.


Other photographers whose work appears in Düsseldorf to have previously been published in Rouleur include Philipp Hympendahl and Stephan Vanfleteren, whose “Flandrien” series appeared back in issue 5 of the magazine.

Tour de France No.18, 2015.
Foto: Philipp Hympendahl

Düsseldorf-based artist Reinhard Mucha’s work appeared in the German Pavillion at the Venice Biennale in 1990. He is also an ardent cyclist as are, of course, fellow city residents Kraftwerk, whose 2003 album Tour de France forms the centrepiece of a multi-media installation.

Kraftwerk, Neue National Galerie Berlin Tour de France

Kölln’s celebrated book “The Peloton”, capturing rider’s faces within seconds of crossing the finish line and published by Rouleur in 2010, makes a welcome return, alongside work where Timm has switched his focus to the other end of the body: “The Peloton Legs”.

Magnus Backstedt, Dax, 11.07.2006
THE PELOTON 2005 – 2010

Timm’s last work to appear in Rouleur was ‘The Road From Damascus” in issue 67, the extraordinary story of Syrian refugees racing in Berlin.

col d` izoard , 2005, aus der Serie “Land”
162,5 x 217,5 cm,
Light Jet Print

Olaf Unverzart’s collaboration with Sebastian Schels and Andrew Curry on Germany’s cycling revival will appear in the forthcoming Tour de France edition, on sale in June.



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