Exhibitions at Museum für Fotografie
On New Visions in Contemporary Art/ Zum Neuen Sehen in der Gegenwartskunst
The centenary of the Bauhaus provides opportunity for a dialogue between the photo-avant-garde of circa 1930 and contemporary art photography. The historical point of reference for this exhibition is a two-part curatorial-scenographic reconstruction of a presentation, conceived by László Moholy-Nagy, of the history of photography, entitled “Wohin geht die fotografische Entwicklung?” (Where is photography developing?). It was shown in 1929 at the international travelin… more
In Allan Sekula’s 1999 work "Dear Bill Gates," the artist documents having swam within spitting distance of the private lake-side house of Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder and owner of the Corbis photo agency at the time . In the open letter, written on a typewriter, Sekula comments on Gates' 30-million-dollar purchase of a painting by Winslow Homer, depicting two doomed fishermen lost at sea ("Lost on the Grand Banks", 1885). The painting, although hung in the … more
Photography, Film, Entertainment Culture / Fotografie, Film, Unterhaltungskultur
The revolution in winter and spring 1918/19 was decided in the streets of the imperial capital, Berlin. Berliners celebrated the abdication of the German Emperor with demonstrations in front of the Reichstag and the palace on November 9th, 1918, in the newspaper quarter in January 1919 rolls of printing paper were used by the Spartacists to erect barricades against approaching government troops, after fighting had ceased, a large funeral procession crossed Frankfurter Allee to the cemetery in… more
Atelier + Labor. Werkstätten des Wissens
In both art and science, only the results of the creative process are visible. What happens behind closed doors in labs and studios remains as invisible as it is mysterious. The Berlin-based artist and professor of visual arts Stefanie Bürkle (*1966) has taken on these sites of creation by photographing with analog large-format cameras laboratories and art studios throughout Berlin.
Bürkle's photographies are space portraits that feature deserted spaces for development and … more
CAREFUL UNREST takes this year’s anniversary of the November Revolution as an opportunity to ask about contemporary aesthetics of rebellion. How can struggles for social participation be represented today? Who or what are the revolutionary subjects and how can they be (re)activated?
According to Bini Adamzcak, future uprisings should emanate from our relationship patterns, revolution conceived not only from the bottom up, but rather between and with one another. The artists in the exhib… more
Platen Collection / Sammlung Platen
The idea of the artist is often associated with ingenuity, creativity, and free expression, while Carl Gustav Jung defined a ‘complex’ as a structure of feelings, thoughts and memories. This structure centers on a significant factor in the psyche and determines our thoughts and actions. Artist Complex brings the two concepts together, and investigates the artist as a visual phenomenon composed of a particular ideas and motifs.
Featuring around 180 works produced between 1910 and 2… more
The 10th edition of the "Seen By" series generates an exhibition structure with 10 artistic positions. The exhibition entitled conlang focuses on the singular/plural articulations of the presence of audiences, artistic forms of invented languages and conlang as a metaphor.
"conlang" has departed from an open call organised for Universität der Künste (UdK) art students aiming to collectively develop an exhibition grammar and discussion vocabulary. During the pr… more
Fotografien: Architektur und Natur
For 30 years Sigrid Neubert (b. 1927) worked as a photographer for many leading architectural firms. In the process she developed a style characterized by images that present the structure and surface of the buildings through stark contrast and in clear detail, making Neubert one of the best-known photographers of architecture in Germany. In the 1970s she turned her hand to nature photography, and from 1990 on has focused exclusively on this field. Neubert’s approach to her work has alwa… more
Bildräume: Biologie und Bauen
Coincidence or evolution? Microscopic diatoms and post-war domed structures often exhibit the same underlying structural features, even though we have evidence that these coincidences were not deliberately intended by the architect. Inspired by this surprising discovery, in 1961 biologist Gerhard Helmcke and architect Frei Otto founded the interdisciplinary working group <Biology and Building> at the Technische Universität Berlin.
The objective of this collaboration was to reach a … more
An Artistic Exploration of Photograms
Students at Berlin’s Humboldt University present their examination of the photogram as a medium of artistic expression in a studio exhibition at the Museum für Fotografie. Photograms are made by exposing light-sensitive materials like film or photo paper to direct light. A camera is not necessary. Unlike camera pictures, which correspond to the perception of the human eye, photograms capture objects not in their external form, but rather in shadows and shadings. They reveal superfic… more
Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution / Zeitgenössische chinesische Fotografie und die Kulturrevolution
Featuring historical works and pictures by contemporary artists, the exhibition "Working on History. Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution" lifts the veil on one of the most fascinating and yet simultaneously little-explored chapters in the history of photography: the impact of the Cultural Revolution on current art and photography in China.
Virtually no other event has had such a profound influence on the visual arts of the last half-century in China as the … more
OH SO SOLID, ALL THAT AIR
OH SO SOLID, ALL THAT AIR focuses on the transformations of the urban and its spaces, the role of economics and financialization as well as their traces in the social sphere. In assembling hints and fragments from everyday perception where the individual parts become pieces of a greater puzzle, the exhibition aims to find images that illustrate today’s increasingly abstract and elusive forms of value creation.
"All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned," say… more
40h, max. 2 Monate
Seit 2004 prämiert gute aussichten – junge deutsche fotografie jährlich die besten Nachwuchsfotografen unter den Absolventen deutscher Hochschulen. Dank der freundlichen Unterstützung von OLYMPUS konnte in diesem außerdem Jahr erstmalig der gute aussichten GRANT unter den inzwischen 114 Preisträgerinnen und Preisträgern ausgelobt werden.
Die Jury für den gute aussichten GRANT, die im März 2017 tagte, bestand aus: Alain Bieber, Künstlerisc… more
A Photographic Response to Surveillance
What right do governments, corporations, and individuals have to collect and retain information on your daily communications? What tools – both today and in the past – have been used to monitor your activities? What are the immediate and far-reaching effects? As governments and corporations around the world expand their efforts to track the communications and activities of millions of people, this not only threatens our right to privacy, but also opens the door for information to b… more
Images of the Surveillant Gaze / Bilder des überwachenden Blicks
Surveillance is not only a current topic, but also a historic phenomenon. This exhibition turns to history and addresses the particular sense of unease that surveillance has always caused, whether it was religiously or politically motivated. The title of the exhibition is based on an anonymous woodcut from 1546. This image sends a warning message from the distant past, "Beware, you are seen and heard!"
Before the now-ubiquitous cameras, people were once controlled by other looks. In… more
A chain of parasites, guests, and hosts emerges,… Eine Ausstellung von UdK Berlin und Kunstbibliothek der SMB
Ausgangspunkt für "Seen By #8" war die weite Verbreitung und kontinuierliche Produktion digitaler Bilder, die den Eindruck erwecken, ohne Grenzen und Beschränkungen zwischen Plattformen, Geräten und Bildschirmen zu zirkulieren – und doch materiellen Bedingungen unterliegen. Bedingungen, die Auswirkungen auf ihre Produktion und Verbreitung haben und von staatlichen und medialen Richtlinien bis hin zu Feedback Loops zwischen Bildern und ihren Subjekten/Objekten re… more
The photographer Bernard Larsson (born in Hamburg, 1939) was working from 1959 to 1961 as William Klein’s assistant in a France marked by its recent defeats in Indochina and Algeria. It was from here that he embarked on travels through Fascist Spain and Morocco.
Moved by the construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961, he left Paris so that he could build up his own picture of the situation in the divided city. Larsson was to become one of the most important photographers of everyday… more
“Moles” is the seventh issue of the ongoing exhibition series "Seen By", a collaboration between the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Staatliche Museen's Kunstbibliothek at the Museum für Fotografie, introduced to challenge curatorial and artistic strategies for working with photography in contemporary art.
“infection is necessary to complexity, a friend once said. the habitat for this experiment may well be hostile.
Heyy i re-wrote a bit in … more
On the migration of people, intelligence, capital, and data
The exhibition attempts to explore the connections and disconnections of intricately networked and fuzzily entangled currents and layers of migration: taxonomies of image trajectories between historical diaspora, current refugee migration and their media technological orders; streams of data, goods, and tourists along both rivers and wires; logistical and architectural infrastructures and their destruction and displacement; artificial seeds and their miraculous capital and disastrous experimen… more
In an installation created for the Fürstensaal room of the Museum für Fotografie, the Munich-based artist-duo M+M are featuring a film cycle entitled 7 Days. The seven-part work is shown in its entirety, each part having been developed successively by M+M within a timeframe just short of seven years. The installation is akin to a multi-perspective cinema, in which the language of film expands to include the surrounding spatial structures and incorporate new narrative styles. Each fil… more
Ein Foto kommt selten allein
Whether in duos or threesomes or in multipart series, photographs are often joined together to form larger works that are more than the sum of their parts. Such image constellations are singular in its character. For the first time at the Museum of Photography, this enthralling phenomenon becomes the theme of an exhibition: "A Photo Rarely Comes Alone."
Three main chapters – Faces and bodies, Architectures, and Experiments – provide an opportunity for new discoveries and… more
Japanese Photography from the Meiji Period (1868-1912)
In the latter half of the 19th century, Japanese society underwent a process of rapid modernization along European lines, which was encapsulated by the governmental slogan 'civilization and enlightenment'. Emperor Mutsuhito (throne name Meiji) became the symbol of the political upheaval of this period. His reign saw the abolishment of the feudal system of the Edo Period and the 270-year-long military rule of the Tokugawa shogunate.
Alongside the steam engine, gas lights, and the hot… more
works of students at the UdK Berlin / Arbeiten von Studierenden der UdK Berlin
As part of the collaboration between the Staatliche Museen's Kunstbibliothek and the Universität der Künste Berlin, the series "SEEN BY" invites guest curators to exhibit the work of students at the UdK Berlin in the Museum für Fotografie.
In IBM's brochure The Information Machine, published around 1979, the following is written about the computer: 'Intelligent machines have once again been removed from the sphere of the uncanny. Today's robot &ndash… more
Fotograf und Kosmopolit. Porträts, Mode, Reportagen.
Parisian fashion and artists, life in the streets and cafés of Montparnasse – Willy Maywald’s photographs document all of this.
Born in Kleve in the Lower Rhine region in 1907, he attended the schools of applied arts in Krefeld, Cologne, and Berlin which shaped his avant-garde style. In 1932 he moved to the city on the Seine, where he befriended many of the protagonists of modern art. The bustling arts scene of Paris offered him many different images – from the 1937 … more
Fotografie im Ersten Weltkrieg
More than almost any other war, World War I brought about an enormous increase in the tempo of technological development. Photography was one of the technologies affected in multiple ways by this leap in modernisation, playing an integral and multifaceted part in the conduct of the war. The exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of the uses to which photography was put (weaponry, documentation, reconnaissance, press photography, propaganda, journalism, to name but a few), using exhibit… more
In our algorithmically refreshed ‘user-friendly’ universe, past reboots into present, representations resist resolution, images circulate into surfaces and almost no place seems to be left for surprises. Can images continue to appear as polysemous vernacular, speculative in meaning? Where to look for fresh and versatile articulation modalities through images, if there are any?
In a famous television interview, Hannah Arendt says "I must understand, that is why I continue t… more
Die absolute Landschaft
The same motif over and over again: a vast landscape of mountains, sweeping valleys, forests, meadows, and scattered hamlets and farmsteads. A new motif each time: the changes wrought by the seasons, the weather, and especially the ever-changing light that shapes this landscape. All of this is on view in the sixty large-format photographs shown in the Museum für Fotografie’s Kaisersaal.
Since the 1970s, Michael Ruetz has been engaged in a project he calls "Eye on Time". Th… more
Die Kunstbibliothek der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin und die Universität der Künste Berlin sind seit November 2013 eine neue Kooperation im Museum für Fotografie eingegangen. Die gemeinsam konzipierte Ausstellungsreihe Seen By lädt jeweils einen Gastkurator/eine Gastkuratorin ein, seine/ihre Sicht auf Arbeiten von Studierenden der Universität der Künste Berlin zu präsentieren. Die Kunstbibliothek bietet in ihrem Museum für Fotografie den S… more
Brasiliens Moderne 1940-1964
In this major exhibition at the Museum für Fotografie, four exemplarily chosen photographers capture Brazil's path to modernism. Three of the photographers were European émigrés: Thomaz Farkas was Hungarian, Marcel Gautherot came from France, and Hans Gunter (Günter) Flieg was born in Germany. Their foreign roots only underscore Brazil's international appeal in the years after the Second World War up to the beginning of the Brazilian military dictatorship in 1… more
Studierende der Universität der Künste Berlin
Nude Photography around 1900 / Aktfotografie um 1900
At the dawn of the last century, photographs of nudes could be found everywhere. The exhibition »The Naked Truth and More Besides« presents the astonishing diversity of photographic depictions of the disrobed human body that existed around this time. It was an age in which the foundations were laid for the development in the public domain of an extremely varied type of image, which, more than any other continues to inform the world in which we live today.
Most striking of all, the… more
A photocollection and an installation
Idyll + Disaster
A photocollection and an installation
Exhibition: 16 November 2012 - 17 March 2013
Opening: Thursday, 15 November 2012, 7 pm
An exhibition in cooperation with Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, supported by Kunststiftung NRW.
For many years, the artist Bogomir Ecker has been collecting historic photographs with an unconventional, artistic eye: from 19th-century landscape photos from all over the world to… more
Early Portrait Photography in India / Frühe Porträtfotografie in Indien
The Colonial Eye - Early Portrait Photography in IndiaAn exhibition by the Kunstbibliothek, the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst20 July - 21 October 2012Opening: Thursday, 19 July 2012, 8 pmOne of the world's most comprehensive and significant collections of portrait photography from India is on exhibit for the first time. The collection of the Ethnological Museum was originally thought to be lost during World War II, only returning to Berlin' beginning in… more
Photography 1945 – 1964
Metamorphosis of Japan after the War Photography 1945 – 19649 March – 16 June 2012Opening: Thursday 8 March 2012, 7 pmAn exhibition by the Japan Foundationin cooperation with the Kunstbibliothekkindly supported by theJapanese-German Center BerlinIn the years following the Second World War in Japan, photography played an important role in the development of a new national identity. From the shock of the atomic bomb to the country's re-emergence at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, impo… more
new german photography / junge deutsche fotografie 2011/2012
gute aussichten – new german photography 2011/1210 November 2011 – 29 January 2012Opening: Wednesday 09 November 2011, 7 pmThe exhibition gute aussichten – new german photography 2011/12 is a cooperation between the Art Library and the Büro gute aussichten. gute aussichten is an art competition, according to Spiegel “Germany’s most renowned competition for young photographers,” that once again gave photography graduates the opportunity to submit their wor… more
Concurrently to the exhibition gute aussichten – new german photography 2011/12 the Art Library, in its Museum pf Photography, takes a retrospective look at the much-noticed exhibition Berliner Photographie of 1921. At the time the Art Library that today operates the Museum of Photography presented photographs by Nicola Perscheid, Karl Schenker, Erna Lendvai-Dircksen, Frieda Riess and many others in the atrium of the Martin-Gropius-Bau. Portraits of the beautiful and famous were on view as… more
Abisag Tüllmann1935-1996Bildreportagen und TheaterfotografieEine Ausstellung des historischen museums frankfurt in Kooperation mit der Kunstbibliothekmit freundlicher Unterstützung vonbpk – Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und GeschichteDeutsches Theatermuseum MünchenAbisag Tüllmann gehört zu den bedeutendsten deutschen Fotografinnen der zweiten Hälfte des 20 Jahrhunderts. Ihre Aufnahmen waren seit 1958 in allen wichtigen Zeitungen und Magazinen, aber auch i… more
The Max von Oppenheim Photo Collection / Die Fotosammlung Max von Oppenheim
From Cairo to Tell HalafThe Max von Oppenheim Photo Collection18 February 2011 - 15 May 2011Opening: Thursday 17 February 2010, 7pm Two exhibitions at the National Museums in Berlin honour the life and work of the diplomat, archaeologist and ethnologist Max von Oppenheim (1860-1946): From 28 January to 14 August 2011, the Museum of the Ancient Near East presents at the Pergamon Museum the archaeological finds from Tell Halaf, a 3,000 year old princely residence in North-eastern Syria now reconst… more
Beauty beyond the Visible World / Schönheit jenseits des Sichtbaren
Beauty beyond the Visible World
The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview over a genre of photography oscillating like none other between the sciences and the arts. Inspired by the biologist Ernst Haeckel and his epochal work Artforms of Nature (Kunstformen der Natur, 1899-1904), the microscopic image became the most important medium of an aesthetic movement supported by the natural sciences, which powerfully brought to attention the exemplary function nature had for art i… more
Ein neuer Blick: Architekturfotografie aus den Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin
A New View
Architectural Photography from the National Museums in Berlin
An exhibition of the Art Library's Collection of Photography
The Art Library is reopening its newly reconstructed Kaisersaal (Emperor's Hall) at the Museum of Photography with a show of hidden treasures of architectural photography from the collections of the National Museums. Nearly all of the individual museums have acquired since some 150 years photographs. The genre of architectural photography is especially prominent … more
In 1998, Simone Mangos began to research the site of the former Ministerial Gardens in Berlin and subsequently the emergence of the 'Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe'. Her works explore the different stages in the memorial building process; the controversies, reactions and campaigns, which took place around them; memory and its representation.
At the Museum für Fotografie, Simone Mangos will be showing photographic work, and the ruined Kaisersaal has inspired her to reproduce a histori… more
Humanism in China. A contemporary record of photography
With 590 photographs taken by 250 different Chinese photographers, this exhibition, organized by the Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou, offers a wide-ranging panorama of life in modern China. At the same time, it constitutes a revealing stocktaking of Chinese documentary photography during the last 50 years.
Subdivided into four thematic areas, entitled Existence, Relation, Desire and Time, these images are presented in dense constell… more
An exhibition by the Museum for Photography and the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, with the support of the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and Cartier
From Cairo to Rio, from Shanghai to Dubai, from Addis Ababa to New York - from twelve of the world’s metropoles the French photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon brought back twelve films and a great many photographs in response to a commission by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. He chose to spend no more tha… more
Seit mehr als zehn Jahren fotografiert Reiner Leist mit einer Plattenkamera des 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem Fenster eines New Yorker Geschäftshauses an der 8. Avenue das Leben der Metropole. Er fotografierte an jedem Tag, an dem er in New York war, wann immer er Zeit fand, bei jeder Tageszeit, Witterung und jedem Sonnenstand. Dabei entstanden etwa 2.200 Aufnahmen, die den Alltag und Wandel Manhattans genauso vorführen wie auch die große, welthistorische Zäsur, die Zerstörung des World Trade Ce… more
In einem monumentalen, überlebensgroßen Fries präsentiert die Fotografin Regina Schmeken im ruinösen Kaisersaal - dem ehemaligen Ballsaal des Landwehrkasinos, in dem das Museum für Fotografie seit 2004 sein Domizil gefunden hat - ihre Bewegungsstudien aus der Welt des Tanzes und des Fußballs. In seriellen Aufnahmen untersucht sie den prekären Moment der Balance zwischen Stillstand und Bewegung, der sowohl Tänzern als auch Fußballspielern eigen ist. Dabei konzentriert sie sich ganz auf d… more
Boris Hars-Tschachotin and Hannes Nehls
Conflicts and resistance. Science and politics. The masses and power. Powerlessness. Utopia and intellectual curiosity. Flight and new beginnings…
A powerful stream of images captured photographically correlates instants from an extraordinary life. Unremitting they course through the eye of MAKROSKOP which spirals deep into the decaying great hall (Kaisersaal) of the Museum for Photography. With this interactive installation… more
Junge deutsche Fotografie 2005/2006
Das Museum für Fotografie öffnet den Kaisersaal für die junge deutsche Fotografie! Die jüngste Fotografen-Generation wird mit ihren Aufnahmen von Industriebrachen und Aussichtspunkten, mit ihren aus Fernsehantennen komponierten Schriftbildern und den kunstvollen Alltagsfotografien für eine spannungsreiche Präsentation auf den Backsteinwänden des Kaisersaals sorgen.
"gute aussichten" nennt sich ein Nachwuchsförderungsprojekt für Absolventen deutscher Hochschulen, Universitäten und Akad… more