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Akram Zaatari. Against Photography

Kunstsammlung NRW - Ständehaus, K21

18 Nov. 2017 - 25. Feb .2018


Photographic objects have been the centre of Akram Zaatari’s (born in Saida/Lebanon in 1966, lives and works in Beirut) artistic practice since 1995. Photographic formations or emergences, as he calls them, are the focus of this exhibition: enigmatic objects that bear traces of past events and accompany people through key moments in their lives. Cherished at times, destroyed at others, photographs are capable of provoking diverse and extreme reactions. Initially, capturing instances, they change over time. The perception of an image changes, but sometimes the physicality of the object itself is also altered as a result of its contact with the natural, social and political environment. As a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation (1997 in Beirut) and as principle contributor to its expanding collection, Zaatari’s oeuvre represents an uncompromising contribution to the discourse on photography and its changing function over the years.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Ralph Goertz gives a guest lecture at the FH Niederrhein

On 24.10. the head of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, was invited as an assistant professor to a lecture about "Axel Hütte and the Dusseldorf photo school" in the photo class of Prof. Gudrun Kemsa to the FH Niederrhein. Thank you very much for the invitation and the high attention of the students!


IKS started new Photo-Series:

Meeting the Artist

#01 Robert Longo / Hans Mayer


In our new series we will publish once a month one of our rare documentary photographs out of our archive, which will present an international best known artist who has a special relationship to Düsseldorf. Our first photograph shows "ROBERT LONGO / HANS MAYER". Robert Longo counts to one o the most important american artists and is presented by the Düssesdorf based Gallery Hans Mayer. We met them togethe in 2009.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Catharina van Eetvelde at Museum Folkwang

Catharina van Eetvelde / Ilk

Sept. 29, 2017 – January 14, 2018


Catharina van Eetvelde’s (b. 1967) multifaceted oeuvre draws on the formal elements of scientific illustrations. Van Eetvelde puts her drawings together in contrasting combinations with text fragments and photographs as well as with three-dimensional objects, raising questions about the representation of nature and the production of knowledge.

We were aked to produce the official trailer for the exhibition. Many thanks!


Official Trailer


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Thomas Ruff at Whitechapel Gallery in London

Thomas Ruff: Photographs 1979 – 2017
27 September 2017 – 21 January 2018


Cosmology, suburbia, nudity, utopianism, catastrophe – these are some of the subjects that Thomas Ruff (b. 1958, Germany) addresses in his photographic series, which for almost four decades have investigated the status of the image in contemporary culture. This exhibition will draw from the full range of Ruff’s output: from his acclaimed Portraits – passport-style portraits, reproduced on a huge scale and revealing every surface detail of their subjects, to his most recent press++ photographs, drawing on newspaper archives from the era of the space race and Hollywood starlets.


99 Seconds of: Thomas Ruff


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


99 Seconds of: Axel Hütte. Night and Day

Museum Kunstpalast / 23.09.2017 - 14.01.2018 / Curator: Ralph Goertz

3000 visitors at opening weekend "Axel Hütte. Night and Day"

On Friday 22nd September 2017 the opening of the exhibition "Axelhütte Night and Day" (curator: Ralph Goertz / IKS) took place under a large audience. Axel Hütte first studied two semesters in the film class, then switched to the famous photographic class of Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. For his work, he traveled all continents of the world in search of image structures and created works that disturbed, irritated, cloaked and at the same time offered an intellectual space behind his fog and night views. The exhibition presents 70 large-scale works on the subject of landscape photography and is the largest presentation of his works in Germany.

A visit to the highly praised exhibition is worthwhile !!


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photos: Isabel Hernandez © IKS


Ralph Goertz curated "Axel Hütte. Night and Day" at Museum Kunstpalast


The photographic artist Axel Hütte ranks among the most important representatives of the Düsseldorf School of Photography. He is considered a ‘landscape painter’ among contemporary photographers, although alongside the topic of landscape, a further focus of his work is on architecture. Axel Hütte draws his motifs from the urbanity of major cities, from Alpine glaciers and the South-American jungle. His photographs surprise the viewer with their unusual pictorial structures and phenomena of perception, thus localizing his photographic work far beyond the documentary.

This largest exhibition to date of the Düsseldorf photographer presents approximately 70 large-scale daytime and night-time pictures created between 1995 and 2017, including a number of works from Canada and the USA, which have never been shown publicly. Axel Hütte started his cycle of night pictures with sparsely lit landscapes and in later years focussed his attention on illuminated metropolises on different continents.


The director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, was asked by Beat Wismer, director of the Museum Kunstpalast, to curate the exhibtion in cooperation with the artist. Many thanks! Opening is on 22 September, 7pm.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Alexander Kluge. Pluriverse at Museum Folkwang

Sept. 15, 2017 – January 7, 2018


Alexander Kluge sees himself as an author. He inspires his readers, listeners and viewers with his films, texts interviews and much more besides. On the occasion of his 85th birthday, Museum Folkwang is presenting an exhaustive exhibition destined to visualize the core of his multimedia oeuvre. Kluge forges links and then explores through them what makes human beings tick, how we are unique and stubborn, capable of judgement, to what extent history and stories are stored within us, what felt and what real options for action we have, and why our biographies are a currency.

Kluge has made countless new films especially for the exhibition, among them the 5-channel projection entitled “Pluriversum”, which revolves around film history. Moreover, for the first time Kluge offers us a glimpse into his extensive archive of short film sequences – on which he draws to create new films.

We were asked to produce the official trailer for the exhibition. Many thanks!


Trailer Pluriversum


freeze frame © Alexander Kluge


Tobias Zielony in der Kunsthalle Barmen

Tobias Zielony - Haus der Jugend

10 Sept 2017 - 14 Jan. 2018


Zielony photographed places that are avoided in the collective perception of our society. Often, young people and young adults are coming out of this environment and are visibly exposed to the public, who seek confrontation with their struggle for self-confidence and identity. The exhibition in the Von der Heydt Kunsthalle focuses on the latest work of Zielony. For the first time a series of photographs, made by Zielony 2016/2017 in Ukraine, will be presented to the public. These new works entitled "Maskirovka" deal with the techno and queer scene in Kiev in the wake of the revolution of 2013.

We met the artist for the interview and were allowed to accompany him during the construction of his exhibition. Many thanks!


99 Seconds of: Haus der Jugend


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


DC Open / Berit Schneidereit at Gallery Cosar HMT

8 Sept - 27 Oct 2017


The young artist Berit Schneidereit (* 1988 in Frankfurt) studied at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf first with Hubert Kiecol and then with Andreas Gursky. In her darkroom she experiments with the basic elements of photography, light and paper, combining skillful digital and analogue techniques to abstract photograms. We met the artist in her first exhibition for an interview. Many thanks!


99 Seconds of: Terrain


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


DC Open / Wendy White at VAN HORN Gallery

8 Sept. - 4 Nov. 2017


The American artist Wendy White uses a collage technique in her works, combining painting, photography and textile materials. In her "Kelly Girl" series (2017) she uses b/w photographs of American professional drivers from the 1970s and 1980s as a basic element for her work. She is dealing with the gender role in men-dominated professional sports and breaks the stereotype of women in motor racing. Next to the "Kelly Girl" she presents her series "Jeans" (2017).


99 Seconds of: Kelly Girl


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Jorike Tenbergen at Museum Folkwang

Caution! Contaminated Context II

24 Aug - 8 Oct 2017


Relativity and shifts in content as well as in semantic contexts form the crux of the artistic work of Jorieke Tenbergens (born 1993, Zevenaar, Netherlands), who graduated from the Arnheimer ArtEZ Academy of Art and Design (NL) only a short while ago, in 2016. With a distinction for an unusual and extraordinary men’s collection. She samples and loops, renegotiates what she finds in the print media or online. Everything seems to be equally relevant, in terms of theme, materials, shapes or semantic persuasiveness, and then gets subjected to a transformation that may even culminate in the emergence of a new alphabet.

We met the artist for an interview and produced a trailer for the Museum Folkwang (including the performance "Walking Act" with a sound performance by Julia Bünnagel).


Trailer Museum Folkwang


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Thomas Grünfeld at the Philara Collection Duesseldorf

2 Sep. - 22 Oct. 2017


Thomas Grünfelds work first achieved international attention with his "misfits" series, a group of hybrid animal sculptures which he began in the late eighties. After his 2014 retrospective Homey at the Museum Morsbroich in his hometown of Leverkusen, Grünfeld, who is also a professor for sculpture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, will present several upholstered objects from the the series "Fireplaces" (2016) alongside the twelve-part dye-transfer series "Heimspiel" (1999).

We were allowed o meet Thomas Grünfeld during the setup for an interview. Many thanks!


99 Seconds of: intercom


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS at daily newspaper Rheinische Post


The culture journalist Annette Bosetti has written a nice article on our new documentary "Hans-Peter Feldmann: without words" and the director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz: "The photographer of the photographs". Many thanks!





Elmgreen & Dragset / Die Zugezogenen

Museum Haus Lange / untill 27 August 2017


For their solo exhibition Die Zugezogenen [The Newcomers], Elmgreen & Dragset treat Haus Lange as it was originally intended: a family home. The artist duo stages the moment that a fictional German family moves in. Having previously relocated to Britain, the family has now decided to move back to Germany following Brexit.
Elmgreen & Dragset combine their own sculptural work with ready-made furniture and artefacts in order to create a domestic setting. Some items have already been unpacked and installed, while others remain semi-wrapped or in boxes. Presenting the family’s move as a symbol of a changing Europe, the exhibition reflects upon the visions of Modernist architecture in light of today’s reality, and considers how many of these ideals now seem distant from our current, global, geopolitical situation.


99 Seconds of: Die Zugezogenen!


Hans-Peter Feldmann "without words"

a film by Ralph Goertz

now available at book shops / Walther König books

ISBN-No. 978-3-86335-971-3 or online!


Erik Kessels at NRW-Forum Duesseldorf

12 Aug - 5 Nov 2017


Erik Kessels ranks among the most important creative professionals in Europe. He co-founded the international agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and is not only a advertisers, but also an artist, curator, publicist and a passionate collector of photographs. 

The Erik Kessels & Friends exhibition is the first comprehensive presentation in Germany of this Dutch artist and advertiser who has a preference for the imperfect and the incomplete. The exhibit will showcase the most important works of the past 20 years. Aside from that, he has invited along five friends, the artists Paul Kooiker, Joan Fontcuberta, Peter Piller, Joachim Schmid and Ruth van Beek, who will be intervening in the survey exhibition with their own works.

We met the artist for an interview and talked about his attitude on contemparary photography. May thanks!


99 Seconds of: Kessels & Friends


photo © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS released documentary on German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann

"without words" - a film by Ralph Goertz



It was a journey into the undefined. When we started the filming of a documentary about the German conceptual artist in 2010, it was not clear whether a film should finally be released. The media artist does not give interviews. Therefore comes the 30min. Film (almost) without language and developed itself over the years to the concept film. Hans-Peter Feldmann is considered to be one of the most important contemporary artists in Germany and influenced the artist's generation to this day. With humor, irony and poetry, he creates his works of art and reveals his very personal gaze on art and his understanding of art.


Watch the trailer:


As a bonus track you will find a very rare 40 min. artist talk with Kasper König!

The film has been published by Koenig books and will be available via ISBN (978-3-86335-971-3) or online!


"Art et Liberté" – Surrealism in Egypt (1938-48) at the K20

15 July - 15 Oct. 2017


This is the first comprehensive museum exhibition about the largely forgotten Cairo based group "Art et Liberté" (art and liberty, jama’at al-fann wa al-hurriyyah). The exhibition presents more than 200 works from around 50 collections in 12 different countries, including paintings, works on paper, prints, photographs, films, books, and archival documents. At the dawn of World War II and during Egypt’s colonial rule by the British Empire the surrealist collective of artists and writers was engaged in its defiance of Fascism, Nationalism and Colonialism.


Watch our 99 Seconds of:


photo © IKS-Medienarchiv


SPOT ON: 1937. The "degenerate art" in Düsseldorf

Museum Kunstpalast

14 July until Summer 2018


In the Düsseldorf Art Collections alone, around 1.000 artworks left the museum storerooms. In addition, many modern works were exchanged or sold on the museum‘s own initiative between 1933 and 1945.

In 2013, inventory records and other documents in the museum and in the municipal archives relating to the confiscation were studied in detail for the first time. The project was initiated by the museum‘s provenance researcher and the Research Center for “Degenerate Art“ at the Freie Universität in Berlin and resulted in a comprehensive update of the Center’s research database.

This year, exactly 80 years after the confiscation, our museum wants to put the insights of this research project into perspective and communicate it to a larger audience.


Watch our 99 Seconds of:


Foto © IKS-Medienarchiv

Mythos Tour de France im NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

18.05. - 30.07.2017

"Mythos Tour de France" will span more than 80 years of Tour history with over 120 works by 20 international artists and will showcase the powerful imagery of the most important bike race in the world. It will shine a light on the tumultuous history of the Tour de France, show its splendour and its more shady aspects and demonstrate how sporting events and image events are interdependent. This exhibition will interweave different narrative threads and artistic perspectives and explore the following question: how did the Tour create its mystique?

WATCH OUR "99sec. of:"

photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv 2017

Cranach at Museum Kunstpalast

CRANACH Master - Brand - Modernism
Museum Kunstpalast


photo: Isabel Hernandez

Gerhard Richter. The Editions at Museum Folkwang

April 7 – Juli 30, 2017

Museum Folkwang presents from April 2017 all of Gerhard Richter’s editions from Olbricht Collection created since 1965. Gerhard Richter. The Editions. provides an overview of his artistic output to date, which now spans over five decades. Richter has been using editions both to reinterpret and disseminate his art since the 1960s. Even his early prints reveal how the artist formulated questions he was addressing in his painterly practice in new ways in his editions, namely questions concerning the relationship between original and reproduction, or the properties of painting and photography, as well as the readability of his themes.


photo: Jens Nober © Museum Folkwang

HSL digital lab celebrates 30 year with exhibition


The Duessldorf based photo lab HSL is celebrating their 30 year company. In occasion of the celebration they announced an exhibition with works by Tony Cragg, Candida Höfer, Hans-Peter Feldmann: etc., curated by Ralph Goertz, director of IKS. "30 years - 30 artists" will take place at HSL and starting on May 5th at the fiftyfifty Gallery in Duesseldorf. All photographs will be sold to support homeless people.


Haunted House at Gallery Cosar HMT

March 11 - April 18, 2017.
Three extraordinary artists from England, Austria and Germany are bringing their art into the Duesseldorf based Gallery Gosar HMT. Werner Reiterer, Guenter Weseler and David Falconer are playing in a fascinating and absurd way with their contemporary view on sculptur and painting.


photo: Installation by Werner Reiterer

New Artist Rooms at the Kunstsammlung NRW

Alexandra Bircken

Starting April 2017


The K21 Ständehaus is a very special venue for young international artists and for the contemporary portions of the permanent collection. Traversing three levels, 22 rooms offer visitors intensive encounters with painting, sculpture, photography, film, and in particular with spatially-oriented art. Selected contemporary artists are invited to display works for a period of one year, thereby engaging in dialogue with other works in the collection.

photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv

More than 3000 visitors at the opening

Peter Lindbergh came from Paris to Duesseldorf for the opening of his exhibition "Peter Lindbergh / Garry Winogrand: Women on Street" (curated by Ralph Goertz / IKS) an broke all records of the NRW-Forum Duesseldorf.

The opening evening of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2017 at the NRW-Forum was a great success. Next to "Thomas Mailänder: The Fun Archive" (curated by Alain Bieber), "Perfect Storm" und "On Photography" (imai) it was Peter Lindbergh, who broke with more than 3000 visitors all records. His exhibition "Lindbergh/Winogrand" is on view till 30th April.

Many thanks to the team of the NRW-Forum, Alain Bieber, Clara Maria Sels and all visitors, who were patience enough to wait in the very long line outside!

photos: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv 2017


Peter Lindbergh / Garry Winogrand:

Women on street

curated Ralph Goertz

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2017

IKS starts 2017 with Lindbergh and Winogrand


It is a great upcoming exhibition to start the New Year 2017. The IKS presents together with the NRW-Forum the exhibition "Peter Lindbergh / Garry Winogrand: Women in street" (curator: Ralph Goertz). The exhibit presents two of the best photographers and centers around the question of reality and staging in street photography. Next to the first presentation in Germany of the series "Women are beautiful" by Garry Winogrand, we also present 44 photographs by Peter Lindbergh, which he made on street back in 1990s.
As a world premiere we are also proud to present the rare color works by Garry Winogrand!

© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

© Peter Lindbergh, Paris

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