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IKS at Royal Photographic Society


The director of IKS, Ralph Goertz, met four of the most influencal representatives of British Documentary Photography on his trip through England. At the Royal Photographic Society he met with Marketa Luskacova and Ken Grant. But next to them he met also with Peter Mitchell and John Myers. Many thanks!

Next to a documentary Ralph Goertz is working on an exhibition on "British Documentary Photography since the 1970s".


John Myers © IKS-Medienarchiv


Norbert Tadeusz at Museum Kunstpalast

29 Aug 2019 - 2 Feb 2020


The Dortmund-born artist studied with Joseph Beuys at the Art Academy Düsseldorf and soon stood out with his figurative and figural painting, which clearly distinguished his work from the conceptual, minimalist or abstract approaches of fellow students such as Imi Knoebel, Blinky Palermo, Reiner Ruthenbeck or Katharina Sieverding.

Tadeusz had a strong formative influence on the Düsseldorf art scene with his idiosyncratic style of painting. His at times drastic depictions in his often large-scale pictures invariably leave a strong impression on the viewer. Tadeusz shows objects from unusual angles, and his figures are often depicted in extreme postures. The formal structure of his paintings and watercolours often incorporates elements of abstract colour field painting.


Between 2000 and 2010 Ralph Goertz was allowed to accompany the painter with his camera. A documentary will coming end of the year.


Norbert Tadeusz painting one of his large scale pintings for his pavilion at Museumsinsel Hombroich


One Million views on YouTube


The video channel of the IKS, with its short films and trailers on its own YouTube channel, broke through the magic limit of 1,000,000 views! Now the IKS runs one of the most successful YouTube channels of a cultural institution in Germany. Many thanks!!



IKS invited to Foto Biennale in Australia


Two documentaries of the IKS were invited to the upcoming Ballarat International Foto Biennale in Australia. The films on German photo artists CANDIDA HÖFER and THOMAS RUFF by Ralph Goertz, director of the IKS, are intimate portraits of the famous artists from Duesseldorf Photo School and are on view for the first time in Australia from 24 August on. Many thanks!



photos © IKS-Medienarchiv


Martin Parr Retrospektive one of the best in Europe


What an honor! The newspaper DIE WELT announced the MARTIN PARR RETROSPECTIVE, curated by Ralph Goertz, at NRW-Forum Duesseldorf at one of the nine best exhibitions of this summer in Europe. Next to Rembrandt in Dresden, Keith Haring in Liverpool, Arthur Jafa in Stockholm and Berthe Morisot in Paris, Martin Parr in Düsseldorf counts as another highlight of the summer 2019. Many thanks!



Hedda Schattanik & Roman Szczesny at Philara Collection

amor fati

5 July 2019 - 28 July 2019


Hedda Schattanik and Roman Szczesny have officially been working as a collective since 2014. In their installation video works, they interweave cinematographic elements with surreal animation, literature, drama, sculpture, photography, and drawing. The focus of their artistic examination is the relationship between natural and symbolic order as well as the representation and analysis of existential problems arising from questions of human identity. Rejecting linear narrative structures, they develop a narrative of asymmetric structures that superimpose future, past, and states of being. 


The title amor fati refers to a maxim of Friedrich Nietzsche that he formulates in the fourth book of The Gay Science (Die fröhliche Wissenschaft), postulating "the ethical-aesthetic manifestation of a fatalism intended to overcome nihilism"1.


We met the artists for an interview. Many thanks.



Opening of Martin Parr Retrospective a great success


Around 1,200 visitors came to the opening of the largest retrospective so far by British photographer Martin Parr at NRW Forum Düsseldorf. In addition to an enormous amount of media representatives - over 40 journalists and TV teams from WDR, ARD, arte and Deutsche Welle - long lines of visitors at the Ehrenhof created an unforgettable atmosphere.

After two years of preparation curator Ralph Goertz was overjoyed to open the exhibition in the presence of the British star photographer and numerous allotment gardeners.



Martin Parr and curator Ralph Goertz

photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS


IKS designed new Martin Parr catalogue


In occasion of the largest Martin Parr Retrospective in Germany at NRW-Forum Duesseldorf, Martin Parr created a new and touching series on German Allotment Gardeners. The catalogue was edited by Ralph Goertz, curator of the exhibition. Concept and design was made by IKS in co-operation with the Martin Parr studio. Many thanks!

Published by Koenig Books, London



Ralph Goertz curates major exhibit on Martin Parr

First Retrospective in Germany

19 July - 10. November 2019

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf


The director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, curates the first retrospective on the exceptional british photographer Martin Parr in Germany. Martin Parr came to Duesseldorf in 2018 for four days to shoot a new series on German Allotment Gardeners. Next to his famous series like Bad Weather, The Last Resort, Mexico, Luxury, Life's a Beach, Common Sense and Thinking of England, the new series Kleingärtner will be part of the Martin Parr Retrospective at NRW-Forum Duesseldorf. 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


Thomas Rentmeister at the Kunstverein Ruhr


June 17 to September 8, 2019


The plastic work of the living in Berlin and teaching in brown silence Thomas Rentmeister is characterized by its unorthodox, as well as highly sensitive use of materials. He became known for the meaningful use of everyday materials such as Penatencreme, Nutella and potato chips, as well as the convincing sculptural use of used white refrigerators. There is always a new surprising sense dimension that builds on the familiar objects and materials and yet opens up a hitherto hidden access to the world. Thomas Rentmeister plans an installation made of expanded metal based on the space and its inner city location.


We met the artist during the installation of his new work for an interview.


99 Seconds of:


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS invited to Photo Festival Athen

13 June - 28 July 2019

Benaki Museum Athen


We are very proud that the catalogue of the exhibition "Two Rivers. Joachim Brohm / Alec Soth" was announced as the finalist of the "Photobook Exhibition" as part of the PHOTO FESTIVAL ATHEN. The book will be exhibited from 13 June till 28 July at the Benaki Museum in Athen.

Design and concept was created by Ralph Goertz, director of IKS, and produced by the IKS.



Curator's tour by Ralph Goertz

"Two Rivers. Joachim Brohm / Alec Soth"

01. and 20. Juni, 12am.

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf


Curator Ralph Goertz leads through the exhibition "Two Rivers. Joachim Brohm / Alec Soth" and will tell a lot of interesting facts about the two photographers and the medium of photography in addition to anecdotes.


photo © Katja Illner / NRW-Forum


IKS producing trailer for Museum Folkwang

Virginia Lee Montgomery



9 May – 23 June 2019

In the series 6 ½ Weeks Museum Folkwang presents the first institutional solo show by Virginia Lee Montgomery (born 1986) to be held in Europe. Her video piece PONY HOTEL (2018) brings together symbolically charged elements in various combinations and interactions that open up a multitude of associations: a hand with manicured finger Danish pastry, white syrup drops onto a watch, braids in several variations – sometimes made of blond or coloured strands, other times suspended as if bodiless – develop a life of their own. The pony tail is the key protagonist in PONY HOTEL and simultaneously visualizes an actual aspect of Montgomery’s own work. Aside from her work as an artist Montgomery freelances as a graphic facilitator and travels throughout the United States to conferences where she provides the live visualization. She often uses the hotel room she stays in as the setting for her videos. Then in the studio in a fast edit she combines the sequences with an unusual soundtrack that consists of a mixture of background noises and sounds from nature. The resulting interplay of audio and visual elements produces an enigmatic, surreal atmosphere.


Isabel Hernandez met the artist for an interview.




photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Andreas Schmitten at Philara Collection


The Duesseldorf based artist Andreas Schmitten is on view at Philara Collection till 16 June 2019. This video is the second cooperation between Philara and the IKS.

Andreas Schmitten develops his sterile architectural hybrids from urban borrowings, model making and set design. He transforms windows and shop fronts, the skeleton to every urban city, into sculptural stagings. They do not hide their anthropogenic construction, but highlight a humane blank space.

Schmitten combines coloured fabric arrangements with glossy or dull artefacts, that resonate with profane objects or works of historical art pieces.


Opening of Two Rivers a great success

Two Rivers: Joachim Brohm / Alec Soth in the NRW Forum 29 March - 7 July 2019


"This exhibition by Joachim Brohm and Alec Soth in the NRW Forum is sensational."

Helga Meister, Westdeutsche Zeitung, 29.03.2019


After more than two years of preparation, on 28.03. the exhibition "Two Rivers: Joachim Brohm / Alec Soth" opens at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. The exhibition was curated by Ralph Goertz, head of the IKS, as a dialogue between two internationally known photographers and shows a total of 10 series by Joachim Brohm and Alec Soth.

Thank you for the wonderful opening!




frtl: Joachim Brohm, Alec Soth, Ralph Goertz

Photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


New documentary on Alec Soth


Alec Soth‘s first major publication “Sleeping by the Mississippi” counts as one of the most important series of contemporary photography.

In occasion of the exhibition “Two Rivers. Joachim Brohm / Alec Soth”, curator and filmmaker Ralph Goertz met the artist at his studio in St. Paul and was allowed to accompany him while he was working with his 8x10 camera.

At his studio Soth presented his famous series like Songbook and Niagara. He talked about his work, his artistic approach and how he reflects the media itself. A very rare inside view!

Published with Koenig books, London.

ISBN: 978-3-96098-542-6




Ralph Goertz presents Alec Soth and Joachim Brohm at NRW-Forum


After two years of preparations the exhibition "Two Rivers: Joachim Brohm / Alec Soth", conceived and curated by Ralph Goertz (head of the IKS) will open on March 28th, 2019 at 7 pm at NRW Forum Düsseldorf. With a total of 10 series by the two internationally renowned photographers, the exhibition combines also two of the most important photographic positions of artistic documentary photography. On view are "Sleeping by the Mississippi", "Niagara", "Songbook" and "Tokyo, 2015" by Alec Soth and the series "Ruhr", "Culatra", "Ohio", "Typology", "Dessau Files "and the world premiere of "Flash Ohio" a portrait series from 1983/84 by Joachim Brohm.

Contemporary photography at the highest level!




IKS and Philara Collection starting collaboration


The Düsseldorf based Philara collection is considered one of the most important collections of young and contemporary art in Germany. Gil Bronner, collector, and Ralph Goertz, head of the IKS, have agreed on a collaboration that focuses primarily on the cinematic documentation of the exhibitions at the Philara Collection. Right at the beginning of the cooperation, Ralph Goertz and Isabel Hernandez met the German photo artist Ricarda Roggan at her exhibition "Ricarda Roggan, Ex Machina".

We are glad about the collaboration!




Isabel Hernandez mit Ricarda Roggan

photo: Ralph Goertz


IKS at Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck

Two documentaries by Ralph Goertz


The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck presents two films of the IKS at the exhibition "Otto Piene. Alchemist und Himmelsstürmer" from 17 March, 2019 - Jan. 05, 2020. We are especially proud that our cinematic documentation of the "Proliferation of the Sun" and the documentary "Otto Piene: Between Fire and Light" by Ralph Goertz will be shown as an installation. Ralph Goertz, head of the IKS, accompanied Otto Piene with the camera for over 15 years and created a unique document about the co-founder of the ZERO Group. The exhibition catalog also contains numerous photo documents from the IKS archive, which will be published for the first time.


The Proliferation of the Sun


Otto Piene at his Silo in Groton, Massachusetts

Photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS at Fundación Juan March in Madrid


The Madrid based Fundación Juan March presents a rare film document by IKS at their exhibition "Playing Art. Education, Art and Design" (22 March - 23 June 2019). The short film "STUDIO PIET MONDRIAN" was filmed at the Mondriaanhuis Amersfoort, where they made a copy of the original studio by Piet Mondrian in Paris.





IKS produce Trailer for Museum Kunstpalast

"TOO BEAUTIFUL TO BE TRUE" - The Young Rhineland

7 Feb. - 2 June 2019


In the "Junge Rheinland", artists and intellectuals from a wide range of disciplines gathered to provide a forum for the cultural scene after the lost war and to promote networking with artists from other regions in Germany and Europe. The protagonists included the painters Gert Wollheim, Arthur Kaufmann, Adolf Uzarski, Max Ernst and Otto Dix. Art historians such as Karl Koetschau and Walter Cohen and the art dealers like Alfred Flechtheim and Johanna Ey were in close contact with this association.


The IKS was asked to produce various digital film formats for the website, social media and the Youtube channel of the Museum Kunstpalast. Thank you!



Ed Atkins at K21 Duesseldorf

"Ye Olde Food"

23.02. – 16.6.2019


Ed Atkins (*1982, Oxford) is at the vanguard of a new generation of artists reflecting on the profound changes in our reality caused by the rapid development of digital media. He gained critical acclaim for his computer-generated animations, in which he questions the promises, potential, and ideologies of the technologies he uses. In evocative videos with compelling soundtracks, he addresses existential themes such as love, death, and illness, and considers how desire, melancholy, and transience are experienced today in view of their increasingly digital abstraction.

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




photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS commissioned by Museum Folkwang

Marge Monko

Diamonds Against Stones

22 February – 5 May 2019


In her photographs and installations, the Estonian artist Marge Monko (born 1976) sheds light on the multi-layered relationships between art and design. Visual promises made in recent decades by ads for luxury goods serve her as a foil. What are the different desires that are evoked and amplified by different visual languages? How do the codes behind them function, if we regard them from feminist and psychoanalytic perspectives? Through the act of re-photographing and re-staging, Marge Monko transforms applied photographic practices into artistic assertions. Besides the space of the museum, which Monko fills with around 30 photographic works and videos, the artist has taken this exhibition as an opportunity to conceive an expansive photographic work to be realised in public.




photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS produce film on "Blockbuster"


Commissioned by the Von der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal, the IKS is producing a film (directed by Ralph Goertz) on the exhibition "Blockbuster Museum" in collaboration with Gerhard Finckh. This exclusive tour explores questions such as "How does an exhibition, a collection presentation come about?" and "What can afford museums for a modern, open society?".



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

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