Exhibitions at Fotomuseum Winterthur
Eva & Franco Mattes (both b. 1976) have been investigating the internet’s effects on the ethics and politics of our daily lives since the 1990s, reflecting on how networked images increasingly interfere with and define our private and social behaviour. In the process, the artist duo dissects the opaque mechanisms of our networked society, its infrastructures and morally dubious forms of online behaviour.
From the controversial censorship mechanisms of internet giants and the questi… more
Seven Decades of Street Photography / Street Photography aus sieben Jahrzehnten
Fleeting encounters in the streets of international metropolises, calm suburban scenes, thriving thoroughfares, quirky everyday settings – street photography presents the diversity of our urban spaces and the people who live in them. The exhibition "Street. Life. Photography" offers a range of very different perspectives on city life and ways ofphotographing the street.
Street photography depicts public life in metropolitan centres. It shows everyday scenes and escapades, comm… more
From Lee Miller to Anja Niedringhaus / Von Lee Miller bis Anja Niedringhaus
The exhibition "Women War Photographers – From Lee Miller to Anja Niedringhaus" is devoted to photojournalistic coverage of international wars and conflicts. On display are some 140 images shot between 1936 and 2011 by a number of women photojournalists and documentary photographers: Carolyn Cole (*1961), Françoise Demulder (1947–2008), Catherine Leroy (1944–2006), Susan Meiselas (*1948), Lee Miller (1907–1977), Anja Niedringhaus (1965–2014), Christ… more
Fotomuseum Winterthur presents the newest cluster The Right to Look as part of its ongoing exhibition format SITUATIONS. The artistic positions by examine the diversity and ambiguity of the various gazes that encounter each other in the photographic image.
The act of seeing is multi-layered: it not only covers visual perception but also includes the processes by which things are made visible and defined and objectified through the gaze of others. In the context of networked, algorithmic image p… more
Photographic images capture and freeze moments: they fragment bodies, arrest movement and render our behaviours observable. Through photography, we can detect and categorise even the slightest deviations from the norm. In turn, photographs not only reinforce these norms, but can be instrumental in spawning new or deviating forms of behaviour: we may adapt to photographic models or tailor behaviours and appearances to the camera. SITUATIONS/Deviant examines the mechanisms of socio-cultural normal… more
The themed exhibition "Because the Night" is dedicated to the motif of night, with all the promise that it holds. Photographic works by Bieke Depoorter, Georg Gatsas, Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo, Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, and Tobias Zielony present the events of those special hours in a variety of (socio)cultural and topographical settings. The many different forms that nightlife can take, the visual languages of various music scenes, and the modes of expression of in… more
Color Mania - Materialität Farbe in Fotografie und Film
Fotomuseum Winterthur is presenting the exhibition "Color Mania – The Material of Color in Photography and Film". The show exhibits film strips, large-format images and original prints, by which the development and history of color as a material in photography and film are illustrated. Works by contemporary photographers and artists Dunja Evers, Raphael Hefti, Barbara Kasten and Alexandra Navratil demonstrate how historical methods are applied today.
Right from their inception … more
SITUATIONS/ #174 - #179
In the space between object and desire, the photographic gaze occupies a unique position: it satisfies many of our yearnings and fantasies as much as it fuels them. Might the increased circulation and consumption of images of today’s visual culture be driven by an impulse that is of a pornographic nature? From obsessive binge-watching to food porn or unboxing videos in which products are carefully unpacked in front of the camera, screen-based phenomena from the realms of digital desire and… more
Sophie Calle, born in Paris in 1953, is a conceptual artist, photographer and film-maker. Her work has a unique individual style, a distinct blend of meticulous research, interviews and combinations of image and text. Calle’s artistic approach does not strive for perfection or objectivity; rather the artist seeks out a personal angle, a way into her material in which the in-between space becomes a key element. Her projects are nested in a close-knit web of references and cross-references… more
We rarely encounter a photographic image unaccompanied, but rather as an integral part of a broader arrangement of media. What tended to be confined to text-image constellations in the era of print media has increasingly morphed and expanded into hybrid assemblages comprising a wide variety of image, text and audiovisual materials sourced from diverse contexts and displayed simultaneously on our screens and digital platforms. Yet, while our culture is becoming increasingly visual, its foundatio… more
The innocent image is an illusion – this is especially true for the omnipresent medium of photography. And it is this that constitutes the artistic starting point for Anne Collier. Born in Los Angeles in 1970 and currently living in New York, her conceptual works are based primarily on found materials from the pop culture of the 1970s and 1980s; on photos gleaned from magazines, advertising, record covers, book illustrations and film stills. By photographing the print materials with a … more
Cluster #150 - #159
The photographic industry not only introduced new fields and practices of work, but was furthermore instrumental in the optimisation of industrialised forms of labour. Photographic images, in turn, became crucial in re-organising our perception by capitalising on our gazes. In today's digital systems, the viewer’s gaze is tracked and analysed to perfect the “harvesting of eyeballs”, turning every spectator into a worker.
In the production models of our so-called attention… more
25 Jahre! Gemeinsam Geschichte(n) schreiben
Shared memories are at the centre of the 25-year anniversary of Fotomuseum Winterthur: For the jubilee exhibition, "25 Years! Shared Histories, Shared Stories", friends and colleagues who have accompanied the museum along the way were asked to choose their favourite works from its collection. Director Nadine Wietlisbach, by complementing their choices with further works from the collection, provides a glimpse into the future of the museum.
In the publication accompanying the exhibi… more
Juergen Teller navigates the boundary of art and commercial photography, putting the portrait at the heart of things. Whether in the realms of music, fashion, everyday life or landscape, his distinctive feel for individuals and situations allows him to create visual compositions with an immediacy that is sometimes deceptively simple. Deliberately and implicitly breaking with visual conventions and expectations, his works neither idealise nor romanticise. Juergen Teller (born 1964) is one of t… more
Fotomuseum Winterthur presents the cluster Posthuman as part of its ongoing exhibition format SITUATIONS. The works by Florian Amoser, Alan Butler, Marek Jancovic, René Mächler, Jannemarein Renout, Joanna Zylinska and others, explore the possibility for a photographic vision which no longer places humans at its centre.
The camera has commonly been considered a tool to be mastered by the photographer. Furthermore, images resulting from photographic processes have been understood as r… more
Surveilling, monitoring and controlling have been historically associated with powers attributed to photographic media. Furthermore, photography has always been the enabler of our latent and voyeuristic desires, and as such a site of projection of our cultural imaginary as well as a space of negotiation of self-images. How have these dynamics changed and been intensified by the present role of distributed photographic media, as we keep moving between the desire to control and to be looked at, sh… more
Together, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Fotostiftung Schweiz have launched a major retrospective exhibition dedicated to the lifetime achievement of Swiss artist Balthasar Burkhard (1944–2010). His oeuvre is almost unparalleled in the way it reflects not only the self-invention of a photographer but also the emancipation of photography as an artistic medium in its own right during the second half of the twentieth century.
The exhibition charts the many facets of Burkhard’s career, ste… more
Cluster #101 to #110
The upcoming cluster of "SITUATIONS" examines this "Post Fail condition": the moment just after the narratives that consider technological development as an unquestionable phenomenon have failed. This cluster offers a clear and cruel representation of a world in which both utopian and dystopian narratives disappoint and the idea of ‘future’ itself has failed, leaving the field clear for a much more complex and contradictory understanding of our present conditio… more
Hobbies, Photography and the hobby of Photography / Hobbys, Fotografie und Hobby-Fotografie
What happens when photographers and artists incorporate hobbies into their work as a means of challenging artistic practices and hierarchies? How do hobbyists describe their passions photographically, not least today
in our era of digital communication and online blogs? This is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between photography and hobby culture, both in connection to photography of hobbies and also photography as a hobby practice.
The exhibition "The Hobbyist&quo… more
This current cluster SITUATIONS/Immersive (SITUATION #90 to #100) is devoted to the cross-media phenomenon of immersion. Photographs, films and virtual realities can absorb our perceptions and at the same time curtail our awareness of the real environment. Today, we have digital networks and multi-layered, interwoven visual worlds through which we constantly navigate with our smartphones and touchscreens. The immersive expansion of photographic media and practices, but also the state of the imme… more
SITUATION #80: Cristina de Middel, EXTRA! EXTRA!, 2017
Responding to an invitation by Fotomuseum, Cristina de Middel created an installation that recalls a time when the printed newspaper still enjoyed an ostensibly unwavering trust and was regarded as the medium for forming opinion; an installation that sets the critical status of physically distributed printed matter against the fluid yet no less problematic parameters of online news portals with their modification and postproduction of image… more
In Message to the Future, Fotomuseum Winterthur presents a comprehensive retrospective view of the work of American photographer and documentary filmmaker Danny Lyon (*1942). As a dedicated and sharp-eyed observer fascinated by outsiders and subcultures, Lyon has spent more than fifty years documenting sociopolitical issues, delving deep into the heart of the matter and always building a close rapport with the people in front of his camera. Determined to counter the one-sided preoccupations of… more
inkl. den zwei Live-Performances Don’t Wind It up, Turn It on von Marge Monko und Spring Diary von LaTurbo Avedon.
"Panorama" is the first international retrospective dedicated to the work of Italian photographer and filmmaker, Francesco Jodice (*1967), spanning twenty years of his artistic practice. In Panorama, places, times, and stories collide, addressing sociological questions about our urban world. By presenting a wide range of documents such as maps, books, newspaper clippings, and interviews spread out on forty-metre long table components, the exhibition offers insights into Jodice’s … more
In the early 1990s, Jungjin Lee (*1961 Korea) travelled across the endless expanses of America, where she captured its deserts, rocks, bushes and cactuses in archaic, primal imagery. Starting with this early landscape series, the exhibition Jungjin Lee – Echo at Fotomuseum presents eleven groups of works, a first retrospective showcasing a visual oeuvre that now spans two full decades. The great Robert Frank once described Lee’s fragmentary and poetic images as “landscapes with… more
Photography in Japan, 1960–1975
The Japanese photo magazine, Provoke, appeared for three issues between November 1968 and August 1969 and is regarded as one of the high points of post-war photography. In the largest ever exhibition devoted to the topic, Fotomuseum presents a close look at the magazine’s gestation, innovative aesthetics and the contribution of its key collaborators. The 1960s and 1970s were a turbulent period in Japanese history as workers, farmers and students protested the speed of modernisation and J… more
Das aktuelle Cluster Spiel (SITUATIONS #32 bis #38) untersucht ab dem 8. April (Platt-)Formen des Spiels im digitalen Raum, von LAN Partys und sozialen Videochats zu Inszenierungen des Fotografischen im Videospiel. Neue Formen der sozialen Online-Interaktion, künstlerische Spielmodifikationen und die Gamifizierung der Fotografie haben post-fotografische Phänomene hervorgebracht, die alte Spielregeln verändern und die Grenzen zwischen Realität und Fiktion verschieben. Wie ver&… more
Vinyl records and analogue photography have become emblematic media of the twentieth century. The nostalgic value of a record is as much indebted to the cover image as the actual musical recording. A look into the history of records and photography reveals their complex interrelationship, which can be traced by a retrospective look at the sleeves of the most prevalent and commercially successful audio format of the past century. Presenting some 500 album covers, Total Records chronicles the … more
"We live our lives in the belief that the world is growing ever smaller. We eat vegetables from New Zealand, communicate in real time with people in Buenos Aires and Capetown, fly to New York for the weekend, and print books in China. We no longer have a feeling for real distances anymore. Our western world is plugged in 24 hours a day. Looking out of a jumbo jet, we see mountains and steppes, fields and villages passing by, 11 kilometers below us. Families live in each little building, a… more
Jede Fotografie hat ein Geheimnis
Photographs often seem familiar and understandable, a visual common sense intimately related to our daily lives. But they can also provoke a spark of amazement or generate a more sustained perplexity and inquiry. Curated by the renowned French photo historian, Michel Frizot, Every Photograph is an Enigma interrogates this paradox. Drawing exclusively from photographs in his private collection, many of them anonymous, he presents a selection of photographic moments at once ordinary and marvello… more
Vom Verschwinden einer Person oder sozialen Realität über das Verblassen eines Bildes – einer Erinnerung, die uns langsam entgleitet – bis zum digitalen Bild, in dem sich traditionelle Grenzen auflösen: Das neue thematische Cluster untersucht den Prozess des Verschwindens und ihre Übergangsmomente. Wie und auf welche Art und Weise sind diese Momente von einer Dynamik der (Re-) Konfiguration und des (Wieder-) Erscheinens gekennzeichnet – von neuen Formen und … more
Representations of animals are ubiquitous in our culture, from advertising hoardings, to newspapers and television, to hundreds of thousands of images uploaded every day to the internet. Human beings, it seems, are obsessed by the image of the animal. Animals are also consistently subjects of public controversy, whether in relation to animal rights, agro-industrialisation, conservation or genetic engineering.
Over the last two decades, artists have sought to question humankind’s relati… more
Fotografie und Film für das 20. Jahrhundert
Fotomuseum Winterthur presents the first major retrospective in Europe of the work of Paul Strand (1890–1976), one of the great modernist photographers of the twentieth century. Drawing from a recent major acquisition of 3,000 prints by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition shows the evolution of Strand's work over six decades. It reveals the multiplicity of his practice, from his early efforts to secure photography's position as a modernist art form, to his embrace of… more
In 1977, Hal Fischer produced his photo-text project Gay Semiotics, first as a series of silver gelatin prints and then as a book published by NFS Press. The project explored the growing visibility of the male gay community in the Castro district of San Francisco, particularly its street style and so-called ‘hanky codes’ indicating different sexual preferences. Fisher’s series was one of the earliest attempts to explore a queer semiotics, offering a playful engagement with male… more
a new exhibition format
Fotomuseum Winterthur is launching a new exhibition format titled SITUATIONS, which allows to react more quickly to developments within photographic culture.
The launch of SITUATIONS is on Friday April 10, 6 to 9pm in the new exhibition space at Fotomuseum Winterthur. The initial cluster is Relations and includes work by Ryan Trecartin, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Hito Steyerl and Aneta Grzeszykowska.
As every citizen with a smartphone, laptop or tablet knows, photography is becoming increasingly &… more
In the mid-1990s the German artist Peter Piller (*1968 in Fritzlar) worked at a Hamburg press clipping service during his art studies. The service was used by regional advertising clients and companies to monitor where and how their paid advertisements appeared in print. Like Richard Prince during his job at Time Life Company (which provided the source of inspiration for his now world-famous Cowboys series), Peter Piller was drawn to specific photographs while paging through the press, which he … more
For nearly twenty years Peter Piller (*1968 in Fritzlar) has been undertaking peripheral excursions, or Peripheriewanderungen (Periphery Walks) around various European cities. In Hamburg, the Ruhr region, Bonn, Graz, and Barcelona he has explored the areas marking the outer borders of urban settlement in cities and regions of varying size. In carrying out these walks Peter Piller follows things that catch his eye as well as cues from his memory, stopping his excursion once he feels unable to tak… more
Viviane Sassen (born 1972) is one of the most exciting practitioners of contemporary fashion photography. Her visual world is both innovative and challenging—colorful, formally inventive, and sometimes even surreal. Surpassing the clichés of the fashion business, she uses the performative nature of fashion photography for her own purposes. Exploring the sculptural potential of the body and using it to create ingenious choreographies, she structures her images through the use of stro… more
Antonioni's Film Classic and Photography / Antonionis Filmklassiker und die Fotografie
The cult film "Blow-Up" by Michelangelo Antonioni (1966) occupies a central position in the history of film as well as that of art and photography. No other film has shown and sounded out the diverse areas of photography in such a differentiated way. The photographic range of ’Blow-Up’ is highly diversified and ranges from fashion photography and social reportage to abstract photography. Film stills are shown next to works that can actually be seen in ‘Blow-Up&rsquo… more
An Alternative History of Photography
Manifesto! An Alternative History of Photography is the first exhibition to explore the historical relationship between photography and the manifesto. Comprising 56 statements written by photographers covering the whole history of photography from the 1840s to the present day, it assembles those who have something urgent to say about the medium. The result is an engaging cacophony of voices, often programmatic, sometimes angry, but always hopeful.
The manifesto is a modernist mode par exce… more
A Retrospective Selection of Photographs
Robert Adams (* 1937) is the foremost living landscape photographer of the American West. He is best known for his austere, nuanced photographs of suburban development in Colorado during the late 1960s, images that first came to prominence through his seminal book The New West published in 1974. He was a key contributor to the landmark exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, organized by the International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, New York in 1975. T… more
How does our secular society manage its heritage and, with that, its future? By collecting and archiving data with near-religious zeal: human DNA in the form of slivers of umbilical cord, dental samples and sperm, DNA of animals already extinct in the wild, the seeds of all manner of (agricultural) plants. And, of course, vast quantities of digital data that we leave behind on the big data pathways of the internet, credit card statements and official registers.
From 2009 to 2013, Swiss photo… more
SAMMLUNGSAUSSTELLUNG - Set 10
One characteristic of contemporary photography is its confrontation with surfaces and the investigation of their apparent veneer and impenetrability. Swiss photography classes at the Zurich University of the Arts, ECAL in Lausanne, and HEAD in Geneva have trained a number of artists over the years, who in addition to exploring issues of content have primarily addressed issues specific to the medium. Has photography evolved through the digital turn? How does our relationship to the exhibited o… more
James Welling (*1951) operates in the hybrid ground between painting, sculpture, and traditional photography. For over 40 years he has explored issues of presentation and abstraction in his work, and is equally esteemed by critics, artists, and collectors as a central figure of international contemporary photography. The exhibition Autograph presents Welling’s documentary-style photographs in the tradition of classical art photography, as exemplified by Paul Strand. In addition, the exhi… more
Set 10 from the Collection of Fotomuseum Winterthur
With This Infinite World Fotomuseum Winterthur presents in this anniversary year its tenth Set exhibition, which captures the 20-year history of the museum in a very special way. None other than the New York-based photographer Paul Graham was invited to curate this second anniversary exhibition following Concrete – Photography and Architecture. With 21 selected works by artists ranging from Diane Arbus to Bertien van Manen, from Lewis Baltz and Luigi Ghirri to Boris Mikhailov, Graham … more
Photography of Science + Science of Photography
Scientific images are fascinating because they show things and processes that remain hidden to the human eye. Photography makes it possible to delve ever deeper into micro- or macrocosms and capture them in images. Is photography mainly a visual research-aid for science or is it much more? Developing scientific practices have continued to place new demands on the capacities of the medium since the invention of photography in the 1830s, and have led to a continuous fine-tuning of the photographic… more
The work of American photographer and sociologist Lewis Hine (1874–1940) called for a better world. Hine was adamant in his wish that Americans become aware of the injustice in their nation’s legal system. A firm believer that every human being deserved full respect, Hine saw photography as the best tool to make this both visible and compelling. To fulfill his mission, Lewis Hine traveled 75,000 km throughout the United States for organizations such as the National Child Labor Commit… more
Architectures and cities are both volumes and images alike. We experience them directly, physically and sensually, as well as through pictures. Pictures speak a language of their own. They offer a discourse that is quite unlike the physical experience of architecture. They transform volume into surface; distil matter into forms and signs – rarely, if ever, leaving it as it is. That is probably why so many architects try to get involved in determining the image of their buildings. The class… more
Set 9 from the Collection of Fotomuseum Winterthur
YOUNG PEOPLE | Set 9 from the Collection of Fotomuseum Winterthur8 September 2012 till 10 February 2012 (Gallery of Collections) Opening: Friday 7 September 2012, 6 till 9 p.m.At 7.15 p.m. Thomas Seelig will introduce the exhibition.Growing up is a time of self-searching. Who am I and who do I want to be? It is a time of trying to ground oneself in the world and build a relationship with one’s own persona. Each individual must personally undergo the experience of transition from a protecte… more
from the Deutsche Bank Collection
YTO BARRADARiffsAn exhibition from the Deutsche Bank Collection01.12.2012 - 10.02.2013Yto Barrada – Riffs is the first large-scale museum exhibition by the French-Moroccan artist. In 2011 she was selected by Deutsche Bank as “Artist of the Year” 2011. The award includes an exhibition made possible by the financial institution, which was presented at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin followed by stops in Brussels, Chicago, Birmingham, and Rome, and which can now be seen at Fotom… more
AMAR KANWAR | Evidence8 September till 18 November 2012 (Main Gallery & Gallery) Opening: Friday 7 September 2012, 6 till 9 p.m.At 7 p.m. Urs Stahel will introduce the exhibition.Artist Talk with Amar Kanwar on Sunday, 9 September at 11.30 a.m.Two pivotal events in 1984 impacted Amar Kanwar’s early years as a student. One was the orchestrated killings of Sikhs in Delhi after Indira Gandhi’s assassination on 31 October 1984. The other was the Bhopal disaster on 3 December of the s… more
Status | 24 Contemporary DocumentsJune 9 till August 26, 2012 (Main Gallery & Gallery)Opening: Friday, Jun 8, 2012, 6 till midnight At 7 p.m. Thomas Seelig will give an introduction.On the day of the opening, Jules Spinatsch’s contribution to Status, a 14-metre panorama made of 1440 single images will be compiled during 24 hours. For that, the exhibition Status will be open till midnight on June 8.Artist’s talk with Ursula Biemann, Lukas Einsele, Willem Popelier and Jules Spinat… more
Rosângela Rennó | Strange FruitsJune 9 till August 19, 2012 (Gallery of Collections)Opening: Friday, Jun 8, 2012, 6 till 9 p.m. At 7 p.m. Urs Stahel will give an introduction.Artist’s talk with Rosângela Rennó on Sunday, June 10, at 11.30 a.m.Brazilian society seems to be pressing forward with devouring strength, systematically forgetting the memory of the past. Brazilian artist Rosângela Rennó tries to fight against this collective loss of memory by … more
DIANE ARBUSMarch 3 till May, 28, 2012 The opening takes place on Friday, March 2, from 6 pm till 9 pm. Thomas Koerfer, President of the Foundation Fotomuseum Winterthur will give a welcoming address at 7 pm, and Urs Stahel will offer an introduction to the exhibition. Diane Arbus (1923–1971) revolutionized the art she practiced. Her bold subject matter and photographic approach produced a body of work that is often shocking in its purity, in its steadfast celebration of things as they are.… more
ON HORIZONS – Set 8 from the Collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur September 3, 2011 till May 20, 2012 (Galley of Collections)Opening: Friday, September 2, 2011, 6 till 9 p.m. At 7 p.m. Thomas Seelig will introduce the exhibition.The photographic gaze into the horizon is a mirror for internal and external states and produces artistic interpretations and commentaries. As in other artistic genres, landscape in photography is interpreted through political and private gazes and the results g… more
Industrial Landscapes / Industrielandschaften
BERND AND HILLA BECHERMINES AND MILLS – INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPESNovember 26, 2011 till February, 12, 2012 (Main Gallery)The opening takes place on Friday, November 25, from 6 pm till 9 pm. At 7 pm opening remarks by Thomas Seelig, then curator Dr. Heinz Liesbrock will introduce the exhibition.BERND AND HILLA BECHERMINES AND MILLS – INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPESFor more than forty years, the photographer couple Bernd und Hilla Becher worked on creating an inventory of industrial architecture. Wa… more
Der wissenschaftliche Blick in den Himmel
CLOUD STUDIESThe Scientific View of the Sky“Clouds are subject to certain distinct modifications, produced by the general causes which effect all the variations of the atmosphere: they are commonly as good visible indications of the operations of these causes, as is the countenance of the state of a person’s mind or body.” This is what the English pharmacist and meteorologist Luke Howard wrote in 1802 in the preface to his manuscript On the Modification of Clouds. Eighty years … more
SHIRANA SHAHBAZI – Much like ZeroSeptember 3 till November 13, 2011 (Main Gallery and Gallery)Opening: Friday, September 2, 2011, 6 till 9 p.m. At 7 p.m. Urs Stahel will introduce the exhibition.How real or abstract is photography? Shirana Shabazi’s work has circled around this theme for over ten years. Often she arranges her images in startling combinations. For instance, abstract color gradations are placed alongside a double portrait, followed by a black and white steppe-like land… more
Ai Weiwei – Interlacing 28 May till 21 August 2011 (Main Gallery & Gallery) Opening: Friday, 27 May 2011, from 6 pm till 9 pm At 7 pm, the exhibition will be introduced by Urs Stahel. Ai Weiwei, born in 1957, the son of the poet Ai Qing, is a generalist, a conceptual, socially critical artist dedicated to creating friction with, and forming reality. As an architect, conceptual artist, sculptor, photographer, blogger, Twitterer, interview artist, and cultural critic, he is a sensitive… more
Alexander Rodchenko – Revolution in Photography 28 May till 14 August 2011 (Gallery of Collections) Opening: Friday, 27 May 2011, from 6 pm till 9 pm At 7 pm, the exhibition will be introduced by Thomas Seelig and Olga Sviblova.Modernism made photography what it is. It gave it self-confidence and made it trust itself. Self-confidence because photography in the 1920s recognized and developed its own possibilities and qualities: a probing vision of the world, an investigation of the visible … more
André Kertész - Retrospective26 February 2011 until 15 May 2011 (Main Gallery & Gallery)Opening: Friday, 25 February 2011, from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m. At 7 p.m., the exhibition will be introduced by Michel Frizot and Urs Stahel. André Kertész – who was born in Budapest in 1894 and died in New York in 1985 – was a supporter of Brassaï, an inspiration for Henri Cartier-Bresson, and is considered one of the founders of photojournalism. He introduced sty… more
Arbeit/Labour – Set 7 from the Collection and Archive of the Fotomuseum Winterthur
11 September 2010 until 8 May 2011 (Gallery of Collections)
Opening: Friday, 10 September 2010, 6 pm
We each relate to work in our own personal way. We may be employed or self employed; we may have just entered the workforce and have specific goals or we may be enjoying well-earned retirement.
Working to earn a living is a salient feature of bourgeois society. It defines social status and belonging, whil… more
Mark Morrisroe27 November 2010 until 13 February 2011 (Main Gallery + Gallery)Opening: Friday, November 26, 2010, 6 to 9 p.m.More than twenty years after his early death, Fotomuseum Winterthur presents the first comprehensive survey on Mark Morrisroe’s work. An extraordinarily diverse work that has been usually shown in group shows and mostly in connection with his famous Boston colleagues Nan Goldin and David Armstrong. Like them, Morrisroe documented his circle of friends, inspired by pu… more
Stefan Burger – Under the Circumstances
11 September until 14 November 2010 (Main Gallery)
Opening: Friday, 10 September 2010, 6 pm
We have a penchant for cladding, disguising, draping, varnishing and covering up – the crooked wall, the aging face, the leaking oil rig, the dented bodywork. We have a penchant for fixing the world around us to hide the way it came about, the way it evolved or the way it works, so that it can just sit before us to be appreciated and admired like a p… more
Larry Sultan / Mike Mandel – Evidence
11 September until 14 November 2010 (Gallery)
Opening: Friday, 10 September 2010, 6 pm
In 1977 Larry Sultan (1946-2009) and Mike Mandel (*1950) combed through thousands of photographs in the archives of the Bechtel Corporation, the Beverly Hills Police Department, the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the U.S. Departments of the Interior and a few dozen other companies, administrations and educational institutions. They were looking for photographs take… more
WHERE THREE DREAMS CROSS150 Years of Photography in India, Pakistan, and BangladeshHistories of photography, as presented through books or exhibitions in the twentieth century, have been dominated by Europe and the United States. The exhibition Where Three Dreams Cross - 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh and the publication accompanying it articulate the untold story of an equally significant history, as rich and as formally innovative, yet embedded in the culture and… more
Subversion der Bilder - Surrealismus, Fotografie und Film
The Subversion of Images - Surrealism, Photography, and Film
From February 27 to May 24, 2010, the Fotomuseum Winterthur is presenting the exhibition The Subversion of Images - Surrealism, Photography, and Film, an extraordinarily rich survey of Surrealist photography. The exhibition comprises over 400 photographs, films, and documents: from very famous photographs by Man Ray, Hans Bellmer, Claude Cahun, Raoul Ubac, Jacques-André Boiffard, and Maurice Tabard to unknown pictures, to magazine pu… more
KARAOKE - Photographic Quotes
Seems familiar? We are constantly bombarded by images and information - at school, at work, in newspapers and on the web. All of these stimuli carry a multitude of underlying codes. Day in and day out, we navigate our way, more or less successfully, through a torrent of texts and images, subtle advertising messages and hard facts, official instructions and personal messages. New and long-established media alike vie for our undivided attention. What we tend to over… more
Graciela Iturbide - The Inner Eye
The photograph Mujer ángel (Angel Woman), showing a Seri Indian with her back to us, walking through the desert carrying a radio recorder, is one of Graciela Iturbide's most compelling images. It is, strictly speaking, a documentary photograph, and yet, at the same time, it appears to symbolise the tension between two civilisations, raising the question of how indigenous culture can continue to survive within western culture. Graciela Iturbide often creates i… more
DARKSIDE II - Photographic Power and Violence, Disease and Death Photographed
Last year's exhibition "Darkside I - Photographic Desire and Sexuality Photographed" explored the role of photography in the imaging of sexuality and desire. Now, the sequel, Darkside II, looks at the opposite end of the bodily spectrum, charting the path from the body as a veritable ‘picture of health' to the body injured, disfigured or mutilated, in decline and decay.
This raises questions: Why is there an intima… more
Set 6 from the Collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur
Set 6 from the Collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur
The exhibition Printed Matter - Set 6 from the Collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur focuses on small publications, artists' posters and photographic books from the past 40 years and sets a counterpoint to the large photographic cycles and tableaux that are the mainstay of the Fotomuseum Winterthur Collection.
It was only a matter of time before photographers and artists began to explore the aesthetic possibilities of the … more
With this major retrospective of the work of Walker Evans (1903-1975) Fotomuseum Winterthur pays homage to one of the twentieth century's most influential photographers. His insightful and detailed portrayals of American life, especially his images of rural poverty during the Great Depression, made photographic history and went on to influence countless photographers.
Walker Evans was extraordinarily innovative in his approach, capturing the very essence of the "American way of life”. The 130… more
The Roma Journeys
Roma, Sinti, Calé, and other groups, often collectively referred to as Gypsies, form Europe's largest ethnic minority. They are scattered far and wideóeach group in its particular situation, with its own language and culture. During the course of history, Roma in Europe have been persecuted, expelled, and even enslaved. Many Roma today still have to contend with discrimination and are met with mistrust by certain population groups.
Between 2000 and 2006, photographer Joakim… more
So Blue, So Blue - Edges of the Mediterranean is the title of a major work by Dutch photographer Ad van Denderen (*1943), exploring the seventeen countries that fringe the Mediterranean. In recent years, this region has become the playground of the wealthy industrialized world. Yet this one-sided view of its azure waters, sandy beaches and tourist resorts ignores the social, economic and political changes that have been wrought by globalization. With So Blue, So Blue, Ad van Denderen seeks to gi… more
WALTER PFEIFFER - In Love With Beauty
An underground classic for years, Walter Pfeiffer has developed a unique blend of eroticism and wit, classical serenity and ornamental playfulness, artifice and immediacy that has begun to garner major international attention in the past few years. Fotomuseum Winterthur presents an unprecedented chronological overview of Pfeiffer’s photographic work, spanning four decades from his beginnings in the early 1970s to his most recent work.
Initially a painter… more
Alec Soths Fotografien führen die Traditionen von Walker Evans, Robert Frank und Stephen Shore weiter. Es sind die amerikanischen Ideale der Unabhängigkeit, Freiheit, Spiritualität und Individualität, die in seiner Darstellung des Alltäglichen ihren kritischen Ausdruck finden. Die Ausstellung zeigt eine Auswahl aus seinen beiden bekanntesten Serien Sleeping by the Mississippi und Niagara, vervollständigt durch Fotografien aus der Serie Dog Days, Bogotá und der noch in Arbeit befindlichen … more
Set 5 aus der Sammlung des Fotomuseum Winterthur
Last year, the Fotomuseum Winterthur acquired the high-calibre American "Jedermann Collection", which comprises 177 works by 62 artists with a total of 340 photographs. The list of artists reads like a "Who's Who" of contemporary art and photography. The main part of the collection is focused on the conceptual photography of the 1960s and 70s, with works by Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Victor Burgin, Hamish Fulton, Michael Heizer, Richard Long, Gordon Matta-Clark, Sol LeW… more
Spielfelder - Europäische Landschaft des Amateur-Fussballs
A pitch, two goals, 22 players, open meadows or rough ground, with only a handful of spectators: for more than ten years, Dutch photographer Hans van der Meer visited the playing fields of Europe, photographing football in its most elementary form as it is played weekend upon weekend in the lower league clubs of the villages and suburbs, occupying the minds and the feet of the players and their wives for more than a hundred years. These subtle images of men pursuing an activity as absurd as it i… more
Nach der Retrospektive von Boris Mikhailov vor fünf Jahren (2003) stellt das Fotomuseum Winterthur mit Sergey Bratkov (*1960) einen weiteren wichtigen russisch-ukrainischen Künstler der nachfolgenden Generation vor. Mit ca. 130 Werken gibt die Ausstellung einen tiefen Einblick in das fotografische Schaffen Bratkovs seit Anfang der 1990er Jahre, das sozialkritisch, politisch und gleichzeitig von Poesie durchdrungen ist. Eine direkte, manchmal schonungslose Darstellung des Alltags und des Zusamm… more
Eugène Atget (1857-1927) is one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. He became famous primarily through his views of the "old Paris", which were coveted by collectors even during his lifetime, and which served numerous painters as sample prints for their work. For a long time known only to a small circle of historians, artists and museum curators, Atget worked tirelessly at capturing with his camera the part of old Paris that was in the process of disappearing: monuments, pictures… more
Zoe LeonardFotografienSeit über zwanzig Jahren praktiziert die amerikanische Künstlerin und zweifache documenta-Teilnehmerin Zoe Leonard (*1961 in Liberty, New York) ein denkendes Wandern, ein erken¬nendes Schauen. Sie durchforstet Natur und Kultur, (Stadt-)Landschaft und Museums¬landschaft auf der Suche nach Zeichen, die über die Strukturen, die Bedingungen von Natur und Kultur, über ihre Gegensätze, ihre Parallelen, ihre gegenseitigen Verknüpfungen Auskunf… more
Das Spielerische der Fotografie im Medium der Postkarte
THE STAMP OF FANTASY
The Visual Inventiveness of Photographic Postcards
Press photography, photo books, photographic objects, photographic postcards: the way we look at these many different forms of photography is undergoing a sea change. The exhibition The Stamp of Fantasy takes a look at the postcards that brought photography to the masses, as the precursors of the illustrated press and the illustrated book.
From 1900 onwards, picture postcards enjoyed enormous popularity. In addition to urba… more
Die neue Fotografie in Italien 1932-1960
Neorealism, mainly associated with the films by Visconti, De Sica and Rossellini, was a heartfelt artistic response to the transformation of Italy in the course of the twentieth century. With the demise of Fascism, which had harnessed the mass media of photography and film for its own purposes and moulded a new aesthetic of reality, Neorealism surged to the fore. The newfound freedom of opinion and the need to forge a new Italian identity fuelled a feverish interest in documenting reality and ex… more
Set 4 aus der Sammlung des Fotomuseum Winterthur
TOWARDS A NEW EASE
Set 4 from the Collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur
For several decades, women were virtually compelled to occupy themselves primarily with themes relating to their own situation in art and the world, and thus to create a (feminist) expression in contemporary art. This was the only way, through intensive self-reflection and power analysis, that they stood a chance of being noticed. This is why the women's art of the past 30 to 40 years is so intensively bound up with the c… more
Die Recherche mit Bildern in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie
Research and Invention –
Investigations with Images in Contemporary Photography
2 June to 19 August 2007
Fotomuseum Winterthur (Main Hall and Gallery)
Vernissage: Friday, 1 June 2007, 6 to 9 p.m.
Pierre Bismuth / F
Kristleifur Björnsson / IS
Sanna Kannisto / FIN
Joachim Koester / DK
Jochen Lempert / D
Walid Raad / The Atlas Group / LIB
Ana Torfs / B
Costa Vece / CH
Throughout its history, photography has always evidenced points of contact with other disciplines, from science to popular … more
South African Photographs 1952-2006
David Goldblatt's photographic projects are all set in and deal with South Africa, and they are all occupied with the people, the work, the social constellations and the constructed and natural spaces of this country. They depict all this in a direct, tangible and concrete here and now, which is at the same time permeated by an awareness of the history, the structures and the balance of power from which the immediate present emerges in this country. In the series about mines and miners the close… more
Zwei Sammlungen österreichischer Fotografie
Simultaneous - Two Collections of Austrian Photography
2 December - 18 February 2007
Fotomuseum Winterthum (Collection)
Opening: 1 December 2006, 6 to 9 p.m.
Austria has no national photography centre, photography archive or photography museum. Instead, a number of decentralised forums have made photography their theme over the past 25 years, above all "Camera Austria", in connection with its exhibitions in the Forum Stadtpark and, more recently, in the new Kunsthaus in Graz, as well as the … more
"Skin of the Nation" focuses on the surfaces, faces, clothes and territories that, like a map, provide information about Japan's mood and sensitivities. Shomei Tomatsu, who was born in 1930 and grew up during the military regime in World War II, belongs to the "faithless" generation, as he himself has formulated it – to the generation that experienced the shock of Japan's change from a closed into an open society. His first photographs taken in the 1950s were dedicated to poverty-stricken life… more
Set 3 aus der Sammlung des Fotomuseums Winterthur
STORIES, HISTORIES – Set 3 from the Collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur
There is a good deal of talk nowadays of a crisis in reportage photography connected with the loss of subjective, personal photographic series in magazines and the dominance of the speedier information provided by television. This forces narrative, in-depth documentary photography to look for new avenues with which to forestall the loss of authorship with new, different media and sponsors. In recent years, a conspicuo… more
Gregory Crewdson – Photographs 1985-2005
3 June to 20 August 2006, Fotomuseum Winterthur (Main Gallery + Gallery)
The Fotomuseum Winterthur presents a comprehensive overview of the bewitchingly beautiful but also disquieting oeuvre of the American photographer Gregory Crewdson (born in New York in 1962). All his important series are presented in the exhibition, including the recently completed "Beneath the Roses" made between 2003 and 2005.
Crewdson has dealt with the neuroses, fears, and … more
REAL FANTASIES – New Photography from Switzerland
What is the status of photography in the Swiss art scene at the beginning of the new century? How do young artists work nowadays? How do they handle the now familiar digitalisation and mediatisation, the growing unreality, the increasingly abstract nature of the world and the advancing revocation of direct perception? In 1999, the Fotomuseum Winterthur introduced a series of young photographers under the title of "Young – New Photography in … more
With tail coat and lens through politics and society 1928-1938
Erich Salomon (1886-1944) is incontestably one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. During his lifetime, the doctor of law and polyglot gentleman who was accepted by great personalities from the fields of politics, culture and society as one of themselves, was exceptionally successful as a photojournalist. In 1928, the son of an upper class Jewish Berlin family became famous overnight as a star reporter of the firm Ullstein when his first, secretly taken court reportages beca… more
R.S. – Photo Albums by Renée Schwarzenbach-Wille
R.S. – Photo Albums by Renée Schwarzenbach-Wille
Renée Schwarzenbach-Wille (1883-1959) was the youngest daughter of General Ulrich Wille, the supreme commander of the Swiss army in World War I, and his wife Clara, née the Countess of Bismarck. In 1904 Renée Wille married Alfred Schwarzenbach, co-proprie-tor of the world's then largest silk company. The couple had five children, the third of which was the writer and photog-rapher Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-1942). They lived in Zurich un… more
The Linea di Confine Collection: A Territorial Reconnaissance of the Emilia-Romagna
The Emilia-Romagna region is strung with melodically named cities. Punctuating the over two-thousand-year-old ancient Roman road Via Emilia and the dead-straight multi-lane A1 motorway from Milan to Bologna of today are cities such as Piacenza, high up in the northwest, Parma, Modena and Bologna in the flat lowlands near the Po, and Rimini and Ravenna further southeast on the sharp coast of the Adriatic. Togeth… more
Set 2 aus der Sammlung des Fotomuseums Winterthur
Fotografie beschäftigt sich seit den 1960er Jahren mit der Suche nach einer „wahren“ oder selbstdefinierten Identität und mit der Analyse „falscher“ gesellschaftlich verordneter Identität. „Wahre“ Identität muss gesucht und errungen, „falsche“ Identität muss entlarvt und überwunden werden. Der Traum vom Ich ringt mit den Fragen: Wer bin ich? Wer bestimmt mich? Wie frei bin ich? Wie finde ich zu mir selbst? Der Traum vo… more
Sowjetische Fotografie der 1920er und 1930er Jahre. Von Piktoralismus und Modernismus zum Sozialistischen Realismus
Über zehn Jahre hinweg verfolgte der Künstler Joachim Brohm (*1955) ein foto-urbanistisches Projekt mit Langzeitbeobachtung. Von 1992 bis 2002 fotografierte auf einem Areal, rund 600 mal 600 Meter groß, gelegen am Rande einer deutschen Großstadt. Während dieser Zeit wandelte sich das Gebiet von einer Gewerbe-Industriezone zu einer Büro- bzw. Wohngegend. Mit der Ruhe und Gelassenheit eines Botanikers, mit dem neugierigen Auge eines Flaneurs widmete er sich den Details dieses Gebietes und h… more
Valérie Jouve (geb. 1964) gehört zur neuen Generation jener KünstlerInnen in Frankreich, die sich aus der grossen Tradition humanistischer, reportierender Fotografie in ihrem Land verabschiedet haben, ohne jedoch die weiterhin brauchbaren, ohne die wesentlichen Elemente gleich mit über Bord zu werfen: Das heisst, sie fotografiert Landschaften, vor allem Stadtlandschaften, hochverdichtete urbane Situationen, und zwar in dokumentarischer Art und Weise. Gleichzeitig – und das meint hier oft: … more
Modephotographie zwischen Kunst und Alltag