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Facing Britain opens in Hanover

GAF - Gallery for Photography shows 135 works

19.10. - 27.11.2022


The brilliant picture show "Facing Britain" presents a multifaceted view of the British Isle and its social and cultural characteristics. In addition to everyday scenes that are as banal as they are curious and sympathetic, viewers are also made aware of politically explosive events: Ascot meets Belfast, the Falklands War meets intimate moments in British living rooms, hip bankers meet desperate workers. Where the boundaries of the documentary blur, aspects of artistic or portrait photography come to light.

 

The exhibition "Facing Britain", curated by Ralph Goertz, will be shown for the first time at GAF - Galerie für Fotografie after venues in Goch, Darmstadt, Goslar and Kraków.

 

 

IKS goes Liechtenstein
Candida Höfer at the Lichtenstein Art Museum, Vaduz


For the exhibition "Candida Höfer. Lichtenstein" from - 10.04.2023 at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz, the renowned artist Candida Höfer has created a new series of works.

She took the group of 20 photographs of motifs last year especially for the show. In interplay with selected works from classical modernism to the present, a mutually enriching dialogue unfolds between Candida Höfer and the collections of the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein and the Hilti Art Foundation.


As part of the exhibition, our documentary film "Candida Höfer. Sense of Space" by Ralph Goertz will be shown. Thank you!

 

photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

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IKS goes Florence

Dokumentary on Tony Cragg at Museo Novecento

 

The Museo Novecento in Florence presents for the first time a huge survey show on British sculptor Tony Cragg. As part of the show "Tony Cragg. Transfer" the museum do present our documentary "Tony Cragg. Parts of the World" by Ralph Goertz. Many thanks!

 

photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv

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Documentary on Jörg Sasse now ready for streaming

Vimeo on Demand - with English subtitles

 

Our documentary "JÖRG SASSE - works 1981 - 2016" is now available on vimeo on demand in an exclusive version with English subtitles. The film by Ralph Goertz gives a deep inside view on the work by Jörg Sasse, but also a deeper understanding on contemporary photography. TOP!

 

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50,000 visitors at "Candida Höfer. Image and Space"


Around 50,000 paying visitors were recorded at the exhibition curated by Ralph Goertz (IKS) and Ludger Derenthal (SMB) "Image and Space. Candida Höfer in dialogue with the Photography Collection of the Art Library" at the Museum of Photography in Berlin.


The first cooperation between the IKS and the National Museums in Berlin was internationally acclaimed by visitors and the press. A total of 90 works by Candida Höfer entered into an artistic dialogue with 120 works from the last 150 years from the Art Library's collection - including works by Eugène Atget, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Frank Cousins, Florence Henri and Helga Paris.

We are delighted about the great cooperation and the success of the exhibition!

 

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Breathing Water, Drinking Air at  the Philara Collection Duesseldorf

12 Aug 2022 - 25 June 2023

 

IKS did produce their "99sec. of" on the new presentation of the Philara Collection under the title "Breathing Water, Drinking Air".

 

The presentation shows never previously exhibited works, while also offering new perspectives on those already familiar. It encompasses both international and local contemporary art, including photography, painting, video, sculpture, installation, and performance. Breathing Water, Drinking Air engages with reflection within and on nature, and the hierarchisation of humanity and nature. The thematic focus of the exhibition is on permeable boundaries, exchange and interaction, as well as nature’s capacity to act in times often termed the ‘Anthropocene’, where the relationship between humanity and nature has fundamentally changed. The precious and evocative resources of air and water represent here a world of unknown existences, as well as fundamental concepts that disclose new perspectives. Breathing and drinking are understood not only as activities essential for provision and survival but also as elements of the renegotiation of relations between humanity and the environment in overcoming anthropocentrism.

 

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Martha Jungwirth at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

2.9. – 20.11.2022

 

Landscapes, portraits, Goya’s Maja, animals, witches and Lady Gaga, a house, or just a group of written characters, some of which are from antiquity or the time of the pharaohs—Martha Jungwirth’s painting is enormously diverse. Often it appears in an empty field, in an endless space.

The artist uses special grounds for her paintings such as cardboard, brown or lined paper, the backs of paintings, old maps, and account books: surfaces that suggest a story, as do the historical subjects from Greek mythology and art history that she includes in her work. And yet, to her it is all ultimately a spot: “a spot is a spot is a spot an intelligent one or a stupid one, nothing else,” as she once said.

 

Martha Jungwirth (* 1940 in Vienna) occupies a singular position in Austrian painting with her poetic, abstract watercolours and oil paintings and her gestural style of painting. From 1956 to 1963 she studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and she initially exhibited along with five male colleagues in the artist group Wirklichkeiten. In 1977 she was invited to participate in documenta 6.

 

The Kunsthalle Düsseldorf presents with 80 works her first retrospective in Germany.

 

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Foto: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

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IKS comissioned by MGK Siegen

Miriam Cahn receives 14th RubensPrize

 

Miriam Cahn will be awarded the 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen on June, 26th, 2022, an honour that is combined with a solo exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen.

​14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen

Miriam Cahn will be awarded the 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen on June, 26th, 2022, an honour that is combined with a solo exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen.

Since the beginnings of her artistic development during the 1970s, Miriam Cahn has adopted a consciously feminist and self-determined standpoint. Starting out from drawing and completely unfettered by academic rules, Cahn has produced a painterly œuvre of immense expressive power, also incorporating other artistic forms such as writing, photography, filming and sculptural work.
The focus of her interest is mankind, the fragility of the human body as well as its relationship to nature: to animals, plants and landscapes. Personal experiences, family memories and present-day observations are combined with socio-political events. Womanhood, gender, love, sexuality, violence, anti-Semitism, war and flight are recurring themes in her work.

Ralph Goertz met the artist for an interview. Many thanks!

 

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photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

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Zobacz: Brytania opens at MuFo Kraków

First international collaboration by IKS PHOTO

Museum für Photography Kraków

16 Jun. - 18 Sept. 2022

 

FACING BRITAIN will be presented at MuFo - Museum for Photography Kraków as the first international collaboration by the IKS PHOTO department. The show presents 204 works by 39 photographers and was curated by Ralph Goertz, head of the IKS, together with Dominik Kurylek (MuFo Kraków).

 

"The photographs presented in the exhibition show the originality of British photography and testify to the attitude of documentary filmmakers who, thanks to their exceptional ability to establish close contact with the photographed, create striking images that encourage critical but comprehensive reflection on the reality depicted."

Ewelina Bajorek-Dziuban, lovekrakow.pl

 

 

photos © IKS-Medienarchiv

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Theresa Eipeldauer, Christoph Lohmann, Bastian Muhr, Sofie Thorsen + Elisabeth Bertelmann (strike a pose 23rd-25th June)

Petra Rinck Galerie

Jun 11, 2022-Aug 13, 2022

 

The conceptual approaches of these artists, who all live in Germany or Austria, are as diverse as the techniques used in their works. What they all have in common is a restrained and reduced use of color.

 

Drawings in pencil or colored pencil attract less attention at first glance due to their lack of intense color, but for many artists they represent the beginning of an idea and thus acquire a high significance. The drawn or painted line fixes outlines, creates frottages, and builds structures, as well as filling entire surfaces, to name just a few aspects of the exhibited works. With the works of these four artists, we present a variety of thematic concepts and shared formal similarities.

Isabel Hernandez met the artists for an interview.

 

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Shifting Dialogues

Photography from The Walther Collection

Kunstsammlung NRW / K21

Apr 9, 2022 — Sep 25, 2022

 

With more than 500 photographic works from Africa, its diaspora, and Europe, the exhibition “Shifting Dialogues. Photography from The Walther Collection” traces the development of photography as a history of transnational parallels and contradictions: showcasing the beginnings of ethnographic images during the colonial era, self-determined studio photography – and politics of self-fashioning – from the 1940s onwards, and the potent visual activism practiced by a constituency of contemporary artists in the present. The photographic and lens-based media artworks assembled here systematically reveal the ambivalent – and shifting – relationship between image and self-image, portraiture and social identity, representation and performance.

 

An important point of reference is the 2010 group exhibition “Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity,” curated by Okwui Enwezor (1963 – 2019) for The Walther Collection. A decade later, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen pays tribute to Okwui Enwezor’s pioneering curatorial vision and the extraordinary commitment of the collector Artur Walther. Thanks to their profound contributions toward expanding the cultural history of photography, we are now able to present groundbreaking projects which have hardly been considered within this museum’s discourse until now.

 

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Nontsikelelo (Lolo) Veleko, Nonkululeko, 2003. © The artist. Courtesy die Künstlerin, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and The Walther Collection, Neu- Ulm/New York.

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Draiflessen Collection comissioned IKS for producing a trailer

THE ART OF REPLICATION

08.05.2022 – 31.07.2022

 

The exhibition "The Art of Repetition" at the Draiflessen Collection in Mettingen asks questions about the value and significanse of a work of art. Therefore the scholarly study, historical context, and public recognition of the work play a major role. But what are our criteria and standards when it comes to works that copy those which someone else has created in the “original”? The exhibition shows plaster casts, copies of paintings, graphics, and architectural models from the nineteeth century that admit different perspectives on this issue.

 

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photo © Draiflessen Collection / Henning Rogge

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Jan Albers on view at VAN HORN

8 April - 11 June 2022

 

The Duesseldorf based Gallery VAN HORN presents between 8 April and 11 June 2022 the new exhibition "Spreingbreak" with new works by Jan Albers.

Isabel Hernandez met the artist for an interview in occasion of our "99sec. of". Many thanks.

 

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photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv

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IKS produces author portraits for 47th Mülheim Theatre Days

7 - 26 May 2022


For the 47th Mülheim Theatre Days - the forum of contemporary German-language drama - the IKS and Ralph Goertz have again been commissioned to produce 10 cinematic portraits of the nominated authors.

Since 1976, the German-speaking theater scene has looked to Mülheim an der Ruhr every May. As part of the Mülheim Theater Days "Stuecke", seven to eight plays are shown here in the most effective performance, usually the world premiere. At the end of the theater days, a jury of critics and theater professionals awards the Mülheim Drama Prize, worth 15,000 euros, to the best playwright.


In Mülheim, the focus is on the play texts, not their staging. The concentration on the text makes the festival unique. Thank you very much for your trust and your renewed support!

 

photo: Helgard Haug (Rimini Protokoll) © IKS-Medienarchiv

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Happiness Is a State of Mind

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

26.3. – 22.5.2022

 

Individual and collective ideas about happiness and its presence or absence can be very different. In communities, we define happiness largely in terms of the opportunity to participate. Whether we consider ourselves happy as individuals can depend on a wide variety of material and non-material factors.

Our attitude toward freedom is also constantly changing. What does freedom mean to us today? The freedom to chose our own lifestyle? The freedom to pursue personal happiness? Or a political ideal that is still worth fighting for?

In the works of thirteen artists with ties to Düsseldorf these aspects are critically examined in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, and installations. The artists’ balancing of the aesthetic becomes immediately apparent to visitors from the atmosphere it creates in the exhibition space.

 

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photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

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New exhibition with Candida Höfer. Collaboration between Museum for Photography Berlin and IKS PHOTO.

Image and Space. Candida Höfer in Dialogue with the Photography Collection of the Kunstbibliothek

25.03.2022 to 28.08.2022
Museum für Fotografie Berlin

 

Candida Höfer explores built spaces in her photography. Her world-famous interiors focus on libraries, museums, restaurants, theaters, and other public spaces, allowing us to experience architecture in a new way. In comparison with photographic interiors from the Kunst-bibliothek's Photography Collection, which is over 150 years old, a dialogue develops between applied photography and artistic work.

With approximately 90 works, the exhibition at Berlin's Museum für Fotografie opens up a broad cross-section of Candida Höfer's photographs from 1980 to the immediate present. The long tradition of her architectural photographs, however, also extends deep into the classical canon of this field of work. In dialogue with pendants and counter-images from the Kunstbibliothek's Photography Collection, Höfer's particular approach to her pictorial motifs is revealed in a particularly impressive way.

 

photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv

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Lygia Pape at K20

Lygia Pape. The Skin of ALL

Kunstsammlung NRW

19 March  — 17 Juli 2022

 

The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is dedicating its first solo exhibition in Germany to the Brazilian avantgarde artist, Lygia Pape (1927–2004). Titled “The Skin of ALL,” the exhibition presents the artist’s multifaceted, interdisciplinary oeuvre, which, based on her irrepressible love of experimentation, was developed continuously over five decades.

 

Her oeuvre includes abstract-geometric paintings, drawings, reliefs, unique woodcuts, two ballet compositions, sculptures and poems, as well as experimental films, immersive spatial installations or collective performances and explorations of public space.

 

Together with Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape was one of the key figures of the neo-concrete movement of the 1950s and 1960s in Brazil. Her specific understanding of a geometric abstraction resulted in a radical new conception of concrete-constructivist art. In addition to ethical and socio-political issues and against the backdrop of the twenty-year-long dictatorship in Brazil, Lygia Pape harnessed her poetic works to champion experimental and sensory experiences of every stripe. For her, the viewers were the actual creators of her works.

 

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IKS commissioned by Ludwig Forum Aachen

Rosemary Mayer

Ways of Attaching

05.03.2022 – 22.05.2022

 

Ways of Attaching is the first institutional survey exhibition by the American artist Rosemary Mayer (1943-2014). The exhibition provides extensive insights into Mayer’s body of work over four decades: ranging from early conceptual experiments of the late 1960s, to textile sculptures and drawings made in the early 1970s, to ‘temporary monuments’ from 1977-1982.

Ways of Attaching at Ludwig Forum Aachen is the most comprehensive presentation of Rosemary Mayer’s artistic practice to date. Along with her late work, the exhibition comprises all the artist’s preserved textile sculptures, including three prominent ones named after historical female figures: Hroswitha, The Catherines, and Galla Placidia. Originally created in 1972-73 for Mayer’s solo exhibition at the now legendary A.I.R. Gallery, they have been brought together again for the first time since then.

Ralph Goertz met curator Eva Birkenstock for an interview.

 

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IKS produce trailer for Von der Heydt-Museum

Hans-Christian Schink

Friendship request No 1

27 Feb 2022 - 10 July 2022

 

The Von der Heydt Museum's first "friendship request" is for Hans-Christian Schink (born 1961). The exhibition, which brings together works from the past two decades by the photographer with major works from the collection on landscape painting in the 19th century, opens a series in which renowned contemporary artists are invited to engage with the museum's rich holdings.

The IKS and Ralph Goertz have been commissioned to develop several filmic formats to accompany the exhibition. Many thanks.

 

photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

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Facing Britain at Mönchehaus Museum

Opening is a great success

20 Feb - 1 May 2022

 

Michelle Sank, Kalpesh Lathigra, Sirkka-Liisa Kontinnen, Mönchehaus Museum Goslar

 

"The exhibition curated by Ralph Goertz overwhelms with its thematic diversity, strikes tones from the finest humour to the greatest dejection, shows people from the lightness of being to the search for recyclables on the rubbish dump. [...] Alongside this humorous, often to the point, contemplation of typically British idiosyncrasies, the exhibition also shows painful conditions to the point of punching in the pit of the stomach."

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Facing Britain opens at Mönchehaus

Mönchehaus Museum Goslar

20 Feb - 1  May 2022

 

"Facing Britain. British Documentary Photography since the 1960s", conceived and curated by Ralph Goertz, continues the successful tour and opens on February 20 at Mönchehaus Museum Goslar.


This exhibition, described as a "landmark exhibition," presents for the first time nearly 50 British photographers* with over 280 works and provides a representative overview of the development of British photography since the 1960s. "Facing Britain" combines all contemporary and socially relevant themes such as gender identity, migration, protest, two-class society and racism, but also refers to the consequences of Brexit. For the first time a wider selection of Photographers of Color are also considered in a large overview exhibition and stand on an equal level with world stars such as David Hurn, Martin Parr or Tony-Ray Jones.

From 2023 on this exhibition will be available for new venues.

 

Foto: Black Copper, London, 1985 © Dave Sinclair

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IKS commissioned to produce image film on Museum Folkwang

 

The Museum Folkwang celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2022. The anniversary year kicks off with the exhibition "Renoir, Monet, Gauguin - Pictures of a Flowing World", which will be on show from 6 February on. The IKS and Ralph Goertz were commissioned to produce an image film for the ceremony in the Essen Philarmonie - under the patronage of the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Many thanks!

 

© Museum Folkwang, Giorgio Pastore

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Julia Bünnagel - Nebensonne

IKS produces "99sec. of"

Galerie Rupert Pfab

January 15 – March 05, 2022

 

In the exhibition “Nebensonne”, the sculptor, installation artist and sound performer Julia Bünnagel shows a selection of new sound sculptural works. In an intermedial installation of processed records, light, sound and objects, she arranges the gallery spaces into a space of tension of two- and three-dimensionality, of light and shadow, of mass and emptiness.

Her works oscillate between installations, written images, music, objects or actions. The physical processing of material is always the basis of her work, whether in sound, typography, sculpture or installation. She calls her artistic work “KlangBildHauerei” (sound-image-sculpture), because her sculptural and physical actions are always audible and visible.

Isabel Hernandez met her to make an interview and did produce a "99 sec. of" trailer for the IKS.

 

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photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv

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Ralph Goertz is appointed as a member of the DGPh

 

The director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, has appointed as a new member of the German Society for Photography, DGPh, for his curatorial work and his support of the medium of photography. Many thanks!!

 

Electro. From Kraftwerk to Techno

Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

9 Dec 21 - 15 May 22

 

In over 500 exhibits, some of which interactive, the music genres subsumed as “electronic” music will be illuminated from a variety of perspectives. The exhibition encompasses musical instruments, self-made sound generators, photographs, audio clips, videos and graphic design. Its spectrum ranges from the first pioneering electronic musical instruments dating from the early 20th century to the use of artificial intelligence in contemporary electronic sound production. New musical genres emerging in the 1980s, such as Detroit techno, Chicago house and hip hop, as well as the rave culture of the 1990s will be presented both acoustically and visually through art photography. A particular highlight of the show is the spectacular staging of the oeuvre of the multimedia project Kraftwerk founded by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in Düsseldorf in 1970. "Electro.

 

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Mischa Kuball at Museum Morsbroich
ReferenceRooms

December 5, 2021 - April 24, 2022


It is primarily strong interventions in public spaces that have made Mischa Kuball internationally best known.

Primarily by means of light of various wave ranges, Mischa Kuball explores architectural spaces and their social and political discourses with installations, performances, photography and projections. In doing so, he reflects - in a double sense - the different dimensions of cultural and historical structures. He sees himself as a conceptual artist working in different media and spaces.


Ralph Goertz met Mischa Kuball for an interview at his retrospective exhibition ReferenceRooms. Thank you very much!

 

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Productive Image Interference:
Sigmar Polke and Artistic Perspectives Today

13 Nov 2021 – 6 Feb 2022

Kunsthalle Duesseldorf

 

To mark the 80th anniversary of Sigmar Polke’s birth, the Anna Polke Foundation and the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf are realizing an exhibition project that juxtaposes works by Sigmar Polke with current artistic positions under the title Productive Image Interference.

 

When Sigmar Polke was a student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the early 1960s, his interest quickly turned to images of his time that were widely disseminated in the mass media. The transmission, interference, the transformation, and recoding of these images, including their resulting or revealed errors, became a motif and early trademark in his raster dot paintings.

 

Nelly Gawellek, Kathrin Barutzki (curators) und Anna Polke

photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

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ATTEMPTS TO BE MANY at Philara Collection

30 Oct 21 - 23 Jan 22

Nara Bak, Jana Buch, Donja Nasseri, Arisa Purkpong, Anys Reimann, Theresa Weber

 

Six female artists are dealing in their collages with questions on cultural identity and the way we perceive ourselves,

The works shown in 'Attempts to be Many' address the plurality of identities, revise historical assumptions and thereby enable the retelling of body tales (Körpererzählungen) and learned narratives. Subversive additions to, as well as reformulations and recontextualizations of images, symbols and narratives representative of a hierarchical society (Dominanzgesellschaft) emerge in the process. The works exhibited in the Philara Collection navigate a series of complex questions concerning identity and community.

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photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv

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New documentary on Peter Mitchell

 

Peter Mitchell, born in 1943, has been quietly building a career for 40 years. Living and working in Leeds for much of his life, Mitchell treats his surrounding with a unique sense of care that is evident in his work. An essential part of the colour documentary scene in the 1970s and ‘80s, Mitchell’s landmark show 'A New Refutation of the Space Viking 4 Mission' at Impressions Gallery in 1979 has had an immeasurable impact on contemporary photography in the UK.

The filmmaker Ralph Goertz, head of IKS, was allowed to accompany the photographer at his studio and during a walk through his neighorhood in Leeds, where he was taking pictures over 40 years - and still does!

 

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Peter Mitchell, Leeds 1979 © IKS-Medienarchiv

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Captivate! Fashion Photography from the '90s.

Curated by Claudia Schiffer

15 Sep 21 - 9 Jan 22

Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

 

Supermodel and global fashion icon, Claudia Schiffer, takes Kunstpalast visitors on a personal journey through the fashion industry of the 1990s. In her first curated exhibition, Schiffer brings together legendary fashion photographers, designers, editors and supermodels, whose energy and vision, like her own, captivated and shaped the decade.

The exhibition provides insights into a diverse world of images: the extravaganza of Arthur Elgort’s oeuvre is shown next to Corinne Day’s intimate and immediate style. Ellen von Unwerth’s sense of humour and exuberant play with sexiness, meet the sculptural and perfectly composed works by Herb Ritts.

 

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