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IKS goes Lenbachhaus Munich

Documentary on Jalensky/Werefkin


On 22 Oct. 2019 the Lenbachhaus Munich opens their exhibition "Soulmates" as a close cooperation with the Museum Wiesbaden.


Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941) and Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) occupy a prominent place in art history as one of the avant-garde's pioneering artist couples. They were among the founders of the Neue Künstlervereinigung München, the artists' association established in 1909 from which the Blue Rider seceded two years later. A leading thinker (Werefkin) and source of important creative impulses (Jawlensky) in these circles, the two also made art history, individually and as a couple, with vital contributions to the birth of modernism in the early twentieth century. Exhibitions surveying the two artists' groups have illuminated Werefkin's and Jawlensky's roles and their oeuvres have been presented in extensive solo retrospectives. Yet remarkably, their partnership in life as well as art, which lasted for more than a quarter-century, from 1893 until 1921, has never been the subject of a focused exhibition.


The IKS and Ralph Goertz were asked by the curators Annegret Hoberg (Lenbachhaus) and Roman Zieglgänsberger (Museum Wiesbaden) to produce a documentary on the two artists. Many thanks!



Marianne von Werefkin
In die Nacht hinein, 1910, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München


Preview 2019

Focus on Photography


The IKS is focussing on photography in 2019 and will produce two major exhibitions and three documentaries.

On 28 march 2019 the exhibition "Two Rivers: Joachim Brohm / Alec Soth", curated by Ralph Goertz, will be opened. On 18 July the curator Ralph Goertz will present the first retrospective in Germany on Martin Parr with a new series on gardeners. Both at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf.


The documentaries on international photographers will be presented after four years of production in 2019: ALEC SOTH, JOACHIM BROHM and TIMM RAUTERT. These publications will underline the expertise in photography by Ralph Goertz and the IKS. Now the IKS is one of the imnternational leading companies in producing documentaries on contemporary photography.


Ralph Goertz presents Alec Soth and Joachim Brohm in Düsseldorf

Two Rivers - Alec Soth / Joachim Brohm

starting on 29 March 2019 at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf


Two photographers, two rivers: The exhibition "Two Rivers" presents the most important photographic groups of works by the German artist Joachim Brohm and the American photographer Alec Soth. In a world premiere, the exhibition unites works from a total of ten series, including Alec Soth's main works "Sleeping by the Mississippi", "Niagra" and "Songbook" and Joachim Brohm's famous "Ruhr" and "Ohio" series.


The exhibition focuses on Alec Soth's series "Sleeping by the Missisippi" and Joachim Brohm's series "Ruhr", which portray people on the periphery of the rivers. What connects the two is a documentary-artistic view that identifies them as sensitive documentarians of their social environment.


Joachim Brohm: Bochum, 1982 © Joachim Brohm / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018


Alec Soth. Frankie, Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross, Wickliffe, Kentucky © Alec Soth / Magnum Photos


Kicken Collection goes to Museum Kunstpalast


The city council of Düsseldorf decides to buy the collection of the gallery Kicken (Berlin) for the Museum Kunstpalast. A total of 3039 photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries brings the Kunstpalast up to one of the most important photo locations in Germany. With this collection the Kunstpalast and Düsseldorf have an important collection of photographs covering the history of photography from 1840 to 1990 with outstanding works. Congratulations!


August Sander (1876 – 1964), Bauernmädchen, 1928 (Abzug 1980 von Gunter Sander), Silbergelatineabzug, 27,6 x 20,8 cm, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Köln; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018


IKS documentaries at Institute for Modern Art


The Institute for Modern Art in Nürnberg are asking for three documentaries by Ralph Goertz on Claes Oldenburg, Tony Cragg and Hans-Peter Feldmann for their archive. Many thanks!



Andreas Gursky receives Art Price in Duesseldorf


Andreas Gursky receives the "Großer Kulturpreis" 2018 of the Sparkassen and Giroverband at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen / K21 Ständehaus. Camillo Grewe received an award for young talents. Congratulations!
For this occasion, the IKS presented - as an introduction - unreleased footage from the upcoming documentary by Ralph Goertz on Andreas Gursky.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Three films of the IKS at the Getty Institute


Following the visit by Ralph Goertz, director of the IKS, the Getty Institute in Los Angeles three documentary films by the IKS on Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth were taken to the public library of the Getty Institute. These three films form the thematic focus in dealing with the Düsseldorf photography school and contemporary photography and were presented at international film festivals in Toronto, Linz, Calgary, Florence, Krakow and others. Thank you!



Meeting with Martin Parr and Bruce Gilden

Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol


For his first Retrospective exhibition in Germany curator Ralph Goertz visited Martin Parr in his Foundation in Bristol to make the selection of the new series. He also met the famous street photographer Bruce Gilden who is invited for an artist talk at the Martin Parr Foundation. What a great come together!



Fotos: Louisa Reiners © IKS-Medienarchiv


K20 presents Museum Global

10 Nov. 2018 - 10 March 2019


Starting from a critical engagement with our own collection, the exhibition “museum global. Microhistories of an Ex-centric Modernism” at K20 focuses on selected instances of a transcultural modernism that is situated beyond the Western canon. With microhistories from Japan, Georgia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Lebanon, and Nigeria (1910 to 1960), the museum interrogates not just an Eurocentric version of art history, but its own perspectives as well.


Serving as a prologue to this wide-ranging exhibition project is the presentation “Paul Klee: A Collection Travelling Around the World”. An ensemble of 88 works by Paul Klee, who was defamed by the National Socialists as “degenerate”, forms the foundation of the Kunstsammlung. Central to the show are the culturally and politically motivated travels of the Klee collection to nearly 40 places around the world between 1966 and 1985.


Explored in an epilogue, the final exhibition gallery of “museum global”, is the way in which, around 1960, the canon of “Western” modernism was expanded via contemporary positions through new exhibition formats such as Documenta, as well as through the intensive collecting strategies of museums.


OPEN SPACE, configured together with raumlaborberlin, will accompany the exhibition. It comprises a stage, a café, a study center and a workshop for silkscreen printing to encourage and inspire encounters and discussions. With an additional entrance, the museum for the first time opens up to the Grabbeplatz as a new public space.


99 Seconds of:



Harald Szeemann at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Har­ald Szee­mann. Mu­se­um of Ob­ses­sions

Har­ald Szee­mann. Grand­fa­ther: A Pi­o­neer Like Us

13 Oc­to­ber 2018 – 20 Jan­uary 2019

Two ex­hi­bi­tions about an ex­hi­bi­tion or­ga­niz­er are un­usu­al and as ex­trav­a­gant as their top­ic, the leg­end Har­ald Szee­mann. A na­tive of Switzer­land, Szee­mann re­al­ized ex­per­i­men­tal ex­hi­bi­tions that broke with the con­ven­tions of the time. Through this work, and through his id­iosyn­crat­ic self-im­age as an ex­hi­bi­tion or­ga­niz­er as well as his

man­ner of work­ing with artists, he had a last­ing im­pact on our un­der­stand­ing of the role of the cu­ra­tor.

This wide-rang­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers in­sight in­to the life and work of Har­ald Szee­mann and shows the com­plex­i­ty of his themes, in­ter­ests, and de­vel­op­ments us­ing archival doc­u­ments as well as art­works and films.


We met the Direktor of the Kunsthalle, Gregor Janssen, for an interview for our "99 Seconds of:". Many thanks!


99 Seconds of:





IKS goes Los Angeles #3

Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills


Last stop on the journey by Ralph Goertz to Los Angeles was the Gagosian Gallery, where he met the studio director. He was also able to have an exclusive view on the current exhibition MURAKAMI & ABLOH “AMERICA TOO”, which opened on 10th October. Many thanks.


© Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh


IKS goes Los Angeles #2

Getty Museum / Center for Photographs


The director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, has visited the Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute to ask for loanings for an exhibition he is planning in 2021. The vintage prints from the 1960s were presented to him by the interims director and senior curator at the Center for Photographs. But at this moment we do not want to make the artist public.

Many thanks for your support!



IKS goes Los Angeles #1

IKS produces film for the Historical Museum Frankfurt in Los Angeles.

For the exhibition "Forgotten - why we do not remember everything", which will be on view in the Historisches Museum Framkfurt from March 7th, 2018, the IKS produces a documentary (directed by Ralph Goertz) on the subject of "Remembrance" in Los Angeles.
The exhibition (curated by Prof. Dr. Kurt Wettengl and Jasmin Alley) sheds light on forgetting: the processes in the brain, the forgetting of the past and the present, our fear of forgetting to forget the wish and not to forget the commandment, the non-forgetting-ability and the potential of forgetting.


Fig: Collected plate to commemorate the numerous stays at the Marlborough Blenheim Hotel in New Jersey


IKS produces trailer for "Uncannaly Real"

Uncannily Real. Italian Painting of the 1920s

Sept. 28, 2018 – Jan 13, 2019

Museum Folkwang, Essen


The major autumn exhibition Uncannily Real presents more than 80 paintings from Realismo Magico, an Italian art movement from the 1920s which remains largely unknown here in Germany. After the First World War, there was an increasing desire for calm and order, and from 1918 themselves in European and North American art. Germany witnessed the evolution of Neue Sachlichkeit, in France there were multiple neo-classical tendencies, and Italy saw the emergence of Realismo Magico.

We were asked to produce the official trailer. Many thanks.




photo: Cesare Sofianopulo, Maschere, 1930, Museo Revoltella, © Nicola Eccher


Cao Fei at Kunstsammlung NRW

6 Oct. 2018 – 13 Jan. 2019
K21 Ständehaus


The Chinese artist Cao Fei (*1978) is regarded as a pioneer of a generation of artists, for whose members digital media and network technology are simply aspects of everyday life. This Beijing-based artist elaborates her multifaceted artistic oeuvre through an imperative confrontation with the latest medial innovations. Soon, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will be presenting the first major solo exhibition in Germany of Cao Fei's works. This survey will encompass her artistic production between 1995 and 2017, and will include videos, photographs, and multimedia installations, as well as drawings which have not been shown publicly previously.

Ralph Goertz met the artist for an interview which will be part of the official trailer.




photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Wolfgang Tillmans honored with Kaiserring 2018

Mönchehaus Museum Goslar

29 Sept. 2018 - 27 Jan. 2019


The artist, who was born in Remscheid in 1968 and now divides his time between Berlin and London, has created a densely packed and many-layered life’s work that is highly regarded internationally. He has been driven by the great questions: of truth (including pictorial truth), of of expansion of knowledge, of the perception of the stars, of the documentation of the abundance and transitoriness of immediate life, of beauty, of friendship, of freedom.

His central artistic medium is photography. He has analytically investigated its conditions and exploited its possibilities all the way to abstract works such as the ‘Freischwimmer’ series, which created without using the camera. On his numerous journeys the artist uses the camera as an instrument to capture the diversity of phenomena in our globalized world as well as the uniqueness of places. (Extract from the jury statement)

Ralph Goertz met the famous photographer for an interview. Many thanks!





New trailer for Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

CARS – Driven by Design. Sports Cars from the 1950s to the 1970s

27 September 2018 – 10 February 2019

Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

They are fast, beautiful, eccentric and innovative: sports cars from the 1950s to the 1970s. Automobiles, whose bodies and engines combine to form an aesthetic “Gesamtkunstwerk”. In recent decades these cars have become sought-after collector’s items and, not least in terms of design, have enjoyed cult status – and deservedly so. Hardly any design object has transformed our lives so fundamentally, beyond its mere practical application. Against this backdrop the exhibition presents around 30 outstanding sports cars, all of which rank among the very icons of the history of design and technology. The exhibition is the first of its kind directing the focus on the car as a work of art combining form, technology, design and emotion.

We were asked to produce the new trailer for the show. Many thanks!





IKS invited to Triennale of Photography

26 Sept. 2018


The IKS is proud to be part of the Triennale of Photography in Hamburg with the documentary "Joel Meyerowitz. Sense of Time". The Kinemathek presents the documentary by Ralph Goertz as part of the official program of the Festival on 26 September at Metropolis Cinema in Hamburg. Many thanks!




photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Ralph Goertz curates first Retrospective on Martin Parr in Duesseldorf


The director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, will curate the first retrospective of the exceptional photographer Martin Parr in Germany in 2019. British photographer Martin Parr came to Duesseldorf for four days to shoot a new series. The series will be part of the Martin Parr retrospective at NRW-Forum Duesseldorf next year. After exhibitions on Joel Meyerowitz, Peter Lindbergh and Garry Winogrand, curator Ralph Goertz is proud to present Martin Parr as another master of photography in Duesseldorf ... But more is not yet revealed.


photo: Dirk Rose © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS presents film at Istanbul Modern


May 23 – November 11, 2018

As the first exhibition at its temporary space, Istanbul Modern presents the British artist Anthony Cragg, one of the most original and innovative sculptors living today. Featuring characteristic examples from each period of the artist’s forty-year career, the exhibition reveals how Cragg has reinterpreted and transformed aspects of sculpture such as content, mass, negative space, material, color, and scale.

As part of the exhibition, the documentary by Ralph Goertz "Anthony Cragg. Parts of the World" will be screened. Many thanks for the co-operation.


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Bouchra Khalili at Museum Folkwang

The Tempest Society / Twenty-Two Hours

August 24 – October 21 2018


In her work in film, installation, and print the French-Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili has spent over ten years examining strategies and discourses of resistance of minorities, elaborating platforms from which their voices can be heard. Her protagonists speak from their own personal situations, formulate narratives of protest in their own languages and gradually join together to form one large, collective voice.

Her new video installation Twenty-Two Hours has its starting point in Jean Genet’s lasting support for revolutionary movements: in his writings the French author repeatedly expressed solidarity with the oppressed from all over the world, referring for example to the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, the civil rights movement founded in 1966 for African-American rights. In Bouchra Khalili’s video installation, two African-American women question the legacy of the African-American struggle for equal rights then and now, as well as well the position of the radical ally, as embodied by Genet. What traces remain of this history? How can we describe the essential link between the power of language and issues of self-representation? How do our history and its poetry influence our current existence and what do they tell us of the spirit of our time?

Parallel to Twenty-Two Hours Bouchra Khalili also presents The Tempest Society at the Museum Folkwang in Essen. This was her contribution to documenta 14 in 2017: three Athenians from different backgrounds form a group to examine the current state of Europe.




Bouchra Khalili, „The Tempest Society“ (Filmstill), 2017

© Bouchra Khalili


Open Source Festival hired IKS for trailer production


The Open Source Festival in Düsseldorf hired the IKS to produce eight trailer in our format "99 Seconds of:" on the artistic interventions at the festival.

Since 9 years the Open Source Festival and Professor Mischa Kuball invite Students from KHM Köln to Düsseldorf to contribute to the Festival program.Boxes, lodges and other localities on the festival ground are converted to show the work of art students reaching from Video art to film, Sound sculptures, photography or performance.





Ei Arakawa at Kunstverein Duesseldorf


Ei Arakawa. Performance People
May 12 – August 5, 2018

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande and Westfalen, Düsseldorf, proudly presents the first institutional solo exhibition of Japanese-born, New York-based artist Ei Arakawa. Since more than a decade, Arakawa produces and stages performances, hybrid scenarios, and erratic installations through interactions with various people and types of objects; artists, musicians, writers, and art historians as well as paintings and sculptural settings.

Following his exploration of painting’s performative potential in Harsh Citation, Harsh Pastoral, Harsh Münster for Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, Arakawa in Performance People revisits a seminal yet personal selection of performance art in order to re-evaluate the medium’s agency in our event- and influencer-driven society. He proposes an alternative reading of performance art, where its time-specificity is activated through an astrological analysis of the specific hour and place of “birth” of each work provided by American artist Sarah Chow.


"99 Seconds of:"


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS

IKS produces film on Josef Albers

Josef Albers. Interaction
Villa Hügel Essen
16 June - 07. Oct. 2018

For the first time in 30 years "Josef Albers. Interaction" will be presented as a large retrospective of Bottrop-born artist Josef Albers at the Villa Hüge in Essen. Like no other, Josef Albers explored the color in its artistic dimension. Over 130 works will be presented in the former home of the industrialist family Krupp.
On display are paintings, glass works, photographs, works on paper, furniture and pre-Columbian sculptures. The exhibition begins with Albers time at the Bauhaus and draws an arc to the American years - to encounter the landscape and culture of Mexico and the series Homage to the Square. The large gallery at Villa Hügel is dedicated entirely to this famous series of works.
The Villa Hügel, in cooperation with Josef Albers Quadrat Bottrop, commissioned the IKS and Ralph Goertz to produce a documentary on the artist.





IKS shooting cinema commercial for K20

Anni Albers. Starting on 9 June

Anni Albers (1899 – 1994) was a multifaceted artist who established weaving as an art form and united this ancient cultural technology with modern artistic practices. This retrospective exhibition offers deep insight into the achievement of the artist, craftswoman, designer, author, and teacher Anni Albers, from her beginnings at the innovative Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, to her time at the legendary Black Mountain College, and up until the 1980s.

While her woven images – characterized by textile structures, subtle coloration, and an abstract formal language – are intended for visual contemplation, her room dividers, carpets, and curtain material are meant to be used. Along with her numerous textile patterns and designs, they illustrate Albers’ intensive preoccupation with intricate woven structures and innovative fibers.


In occasion of the exhibition "Anni Albers" at Kunstsammlung Northern-Westfalia (K20) in Duessedorf, we were asked to produce a trailer and a cinema commerial. Many thanks!


Cinema trailer!


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS produced Trailer for K21 Duesseldorf

Raqs Media Collective

Kunstsammlung NRW - K21 Ständehaus

21 April - 12 August 2018


The investigation of time, language, and history is central to the artistic activities of the Raqs Media Collective. Founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi (b. 1966), Monica Narula (b. 1969) and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (b. 1968), Raqs practices at the intersection of contemporary art, historical enquiry, philosophical speculation, and theory, while taking into account social and political conditions in a global context.


Official Trailer



IKS produces "99 Seconds of:" for NRW tourism

A total of ten "99 Seconds of: Kunstvereine" were commissioned by #urbanana.

As part of the project "NRW as Destination for Urban Lifestyle and Scene", in short: #urbanana, tourism NRW has therefore produced a total of ten 99-second videos on various art associations in NRW, to introduce them as places of discovery for guests and locals.

The videos were created in cooperation with the AKDV and the Institute for Art Documentation (IKS) and will be published on April 19, 2018 on the websites of Tourismus NRW and on its social media channels in time for the art fair Art Cologne. In the short videos, the art associations present themselves and their work, as well as their relationship to the city and the local scene. It starts with three art associations from Aachen, Cologne and Dortmund.


Kölnischer Kunstverein

Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund

Neuer Aachener Kunstverein



IKS plans new projects with Alec Soth


Ralph Goertz, head of the IKS, met the American photographer ALEC SOTH in his studio in Minneapolis to discuss new projects in 2019. The American Magnum photographer is considered as one of the most important contemporary photographers of our time. With his sensitive portrait and landscape photographs, which often deal with social and society issues of America, he joins in alongside Robert Frank and Michael Schmidt.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Robert Longo at Deichtorhallen Hamburg


17 FEBRUARY − 27 MAY 2018

With works by FRANCISCO GOYA (1746–1828), SERGEI EISENSTEIN (1898–1948), and ROBERT LONGO (1953), the exhibition PROOF offers insights into the particular positions from which artists reflect on the social, cultural, and political complexities of their times.
The New York-based artist Robert Longo explores burning contemporary issues such as terrorism, refugee movements, modern warfare, and symbols of power in his drawings ranging up to 7.5 meters in size.


The director of IKS met the artist to work on their documentary.


Our "99 Seconds of:"


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


New trailer on Black & White exhibition in Duesseldorf

Black & White. From Dürer to Eliasson

Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

22 March 2018 – 15 July 2018

Grey, “the ideal colour“, according to Gerhard Richter. Artists have always been drawn to a world devoid of colour. By concentrating on black and white they encourage the viewer to take a fresh perspective on existing patterns of perception and artistic modes of presentation. Comprising around 80 works spanning a period of 700 years – painting, glass painting, photography, prints and drawings – the exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the special fascination exerted by black-and-white painting. Ranging from medieval grisaille works to Olafur Eliasson’s light installation “Room for one colour”, the exhibition explores the question of the visual power of the reduced colour palette. The most impressive work of the exhibit is "The Collector's House" by begium artist Hans Op de Beeck.


99 Seconds of: The Collector's House


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

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