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IKS comissioned for digital tour at Museum Folkwang


In order of the Museum Folkwang in Essen and the exhibition KEITH HARING, which was affected by the Covid-19 closure, we were comissioned to produce a digital spotlight tour in six parts through the exhibition - for all those who could not see the exhibition anymore and all those who would like to experience it again! Thanks a lot!


Insight Keit Haring III



New film on the Duesseldorf Art Academy

Graduates presentation 2020


On the occasion of this year's final presentation of the graduates at the Duesseldorf Art Academy, the IKS was commissioned to produce a 45-minutes film. Due to Covid-19, the tour could not be made accessible to the general public as usual. Now the website of the Duesseldorf Academy of Art, all visitors have the opportunity to gain an exclusive insight into the classes and first-hand informations about the artistic approaches of the graduates. Many thanks!


Watch the film


photo: Rebekka Benzenberg, class Prof. Hörnschemeyer, room 010 © IKS-Medienarchiv


Fridericianum Kassel comissioned IKS


Das Fridericianum in Kassel comissioned the IKS and Ralph Goertz with several film documentations on their exhibitions. Next to "Tarek Atoui. Waters' Witness" and "Forrest Bess" they also asked for a film documentation of the spectacular video projection "Hope" by Trisha Baga. Many thanks!


Forrest Bess exhibition


Interviewfilm Tarek Atoui


hpoto: Tarek Atoui performs at his "The Tables of Contents" © IKS-Medienarchiv


Ralph Goertz curates FACING BRITAIN

Museum Goch

27 September - 8. November 2020

more venues in Germany and the EU are following


Facing Britain was conceived as a touring exhibition and is the first survey exhibition on the development of British documentary photography since the 1960s. With a total of 230 photographic works and 28 artists, Facing Britain brings together almost all important representatives of British documentary photography and shows stars like David Hurn and Martin Parr alongside rediscovered and new positions.


The exhibition thus offers a unique insight into the developments in the field of photography in the United Kingdom, which are interwoven with continental Europe and North America, but also independent of them. The documentary aspect proves to be one of the great strengths of British photography, which is capable of depicting a part of Europe in transition in a multifaceted, surprising and artistically original way. Facing Britain was therefore deliberately chosen as a temporal bracket for the period of Britain's membership of the European Union and its forerunner between1963 till 2020. Particularly in view of the current Corona pandemic, the exhibition proves to be a break in the artistic development of an entire nation.


Facing Britain has been curated by Ralph Goertz in co-operation with Museum Goch and will be on tour in different museums and galleries in Germany and the European Union.



Ralph Goertz guest curator at Kunsthalle Darmstadt

Living Together

Joachim Brohm – Ute Mahler – John Myers
13 Sept 20 - 03 Jan 21, Kunsthalle Darmstadt

As part of the 11th Darmstadt Photography Days themed ‹Bizarre Escapes: Humour in Photography› the Kunsthalle Darmstadt realises the exhibition "Zusammenleben" ["Living Together"], curated by Ralph Goertz, unites photographs by Joachim Brohm, Ute Mahler and John Myers from the 1970s and 1980s. As different as the artistic points of view may seem at first sight, they complement each other in their individual view of social, as well as private structures and habits.


Ute Mahler, from the series "Zusammenleben", 1973, Aue © Ute Mahler


Josef Strau at Kunstverein Duesseldorf

Spirits and Objects

3 Sept - 22 Nov 2020


The Austrian artist Josef Strau presents various works from the last 30 years at the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf. The focus is always on the relationship between text and object.

For the three newly designed video funnels he was able to win over Keren Cytter, Bernadette Van-Huy and Enzo Shalom, who produced video works based on his texts.

The IKS was allowed to produce the official trailer for the exhibition and met the artist for an interview. Many thanks.




photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Leunora Salihu at Collection Philara

IKS is producing a trailer


Shifting Entities

Leunora Salihu

31 Aug - 25 Oct 2020


Leunora Salihu develops her sculptural works on the basis of elementary themes of sculpture, such as the relationship between space and surrounding, movement in the static form as well as sculpture and pedestal. As such, serially handcrafted elements are combined to modular systems and sculptural bodies.


Leunora Salihu works in an inquiring manner, always in pursuit of possibilities to evolve forms and materials, which she sets in dialogue with real and imaginary spaces and its regularities.


"99 Seconds of:"


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Keith Haring at Museum Folkwang

21 August – 29 November 2020

IKS producing official Trailer



Keith Haring’s graphic figures and iconographic visual motifs, such as little dancing figures, barking dogs or flying saucers, became well known right around the world. He was at the centre of the legendary New York art scene of the 1980s. His unmistakable, seemingly spontaneous style was a product of the energy of an age shaped by underground club culture, space travel, robotics and video games. Haring collaborated with artists such as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as with Madonna, Grace Jones, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.

Museum Folkwang is presenting an extensive exhibition on the US artist Keith Haring. About 200 works, including large-format paintings and drawings, posters, photographs and videos will convey a broad cross-section of his oeuvre.





IKS produce documentary on Kaiserring


The Kaiserring of Goslar is one of the most important awards in contemporary art. Since 1975 the city of Goslar has been awarding the Kaiserring to internationally renowned contemporary artists. The price is now one of the most regarded art prizes worldwide and is known by connoisseurs as the Nobel Prize for Fine Arts. The list of award winners reads like a "who's who" of contemporary art. The Mönchehaus Museum was opened in 1978 to offer the Kaiserring carriers a representative exhibition forum.


The head of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, was commissioned to produce a documentary on the 45th anniversary of the ImKaiserring and met former award winners such as Andreas Gursky, Jimmie Durham, Christo or Robert Longo for an interview.


Ralph Goertz in front of the "Hall of Fame" of former award winner at the Mönchehaus Museum


Documentary on Rankin online


Rankin counts internationally as one of the most significant portrait and fashion photographer. His picture style became famous thru dynamic and intimate portraiture with a keen sense for the character and spirit of his subjects. He made portraits of Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, The Rolling Stones, Claudia Schiffer, Keira Knightley, Vivienne Westwood, Bjork, Madonna, Cate Blanchett, Beth Ditto, Damien Hirst, David Bowie next to others.


Many of his images became iconic! In Germany he became famous as part of "Germany's Next Topmodel" by Heidi Klum.

Ralph Goertz, director of the IKS, was allowed to film him in Duesseldorf and London. "Rankin - show off" - an intimate portrait of a photographer!


Now online available on vimeo on demand!



Robert Mapplethorpe - Shapes

Award winning movie by Ralph Goertz online


No other photographer was dicusses more controvers at his time then cult figure Robert Mapplethorpe. With his classical photographs he strives for formal perfection, no matter if it's a penis, flower or vases.

The docuemntary follows his footsteps in New York and Malibu, but also in München and Düsseldorf. With exclusive interviews of his former models like Lydia Cheng, Ken Moody, Isabella Rossellini and "Lady" Lisa Lyon.


Watch it on vimeo on demand!



Candida Höfer documentary online available

Sense of Space


The German photographer Candida Höfer is one of the most significant German artists. She first studied film at the Düsseldorf Art Academy with Ole John and since 1976 photography with Bernd Becher. Together with Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff she was part of the so-called "Becher class".

Candida Höfer became internationally best known for her sensitive and silent photographs of museums, libraries and public interiors. Filmmaker and curator Ralph Goertz has had the privilege of accompanying Candida Höfer in various shootings since 2003, during the setup of her retrospectives in Leverkusen and Düsseldorf, and in her studio in Cologne.


The documentary "Candida Höfer - Sense of Space" (50min.) is now available online on vimeo for the first time. The DVD of the film has been published by Walther König.



Re-opening of Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Photo Rhine Ruhr starts


For the first time, the exhibition SUBJECT and OBJECT. PHOTO RHINE RUHR (curated by Ralph Goertz with Gregor Jansen and Dana Bergmann) will examine the relationships between the different photographic positions that have developed in the cities of the Rhineland as well as the Ruhr and at the regions’ art academies since the 1960s. The exhibition also presents central positions from three generations as well as similarities and differences between the artistic approaches, with a focus on positions that have received less attention. Subject and Object. Photo Rhine Ruhr at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf with 107 artists and more than 600 works undertakes a dialogic and thought-provoking examination of this development for the first time.



(Helga Meister, Westdeutsche Zeitung)






Next documentary online!

Stephen Shore - New Color Photography


The American photographer Stephen Shore is internationally best known as one of the leaders of the 'New Color Photography' movement in the US in the 1960s and 70s.

During a period of around two years, filmmaker and curator Ralph Goertz was allowed to accompany him during the setup of his show in Dublin, at his studio in New York and while taking Shore's class at the Bard College.

In this very rare documentary Stephen Shore talks about his approach, his attitude on photography, how to find the right 'tool' and about the importance of the media itself.


Watch it on vimeo!



IKS is producing for Spiegel online


In order of the Spiegel online culture, the IKS has shot a five minute film on Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, which is affected by the corona crisis. In a telephone interview General Manager Felix Krämer answered questions about the new acquisition of the Kicken photo collection and a "photo like a baroque painting".



IKS produces IGTV with Museum Folkwang


The IKS produces a series of six short films especially for the needs of Instagram TV (IGTV) on the new collection presentation NEW WORLDS of the Museum Folkwang. In these short films, director Peter Gorschlüter and other curators explaining the cross-genre hanging of the extraordinary collection of the Museum Folkwang in Essen.



Documentary on Thomas Ruff now on vimeo


The documentary "THOMAS RUFF - photographs 1979-2011" by filmmaker and curator Ralph Goertz is now ready for streaming on vimeo!

Thomas Ruff counts - next to Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth and Candida Hofer - as one of the most influential international photo artist. With series such as Interieur, Portraits, Jpegs, Nudes or m.a.r.s. he investigated the media of photography itself.


Over four years we were allowed to accompany him during his creative process, taking pictures and hanging his exhibition in Muenster.


The film has been screened on several film festivals in Toronto, Calgary, Krakow, Dublin, Firenze and the Foto Biennale Ballarat.


Watch it online!



Documentary on Alec Soth online available


Since 3 April the IKS starts streaming their partly award-winning documentaries by filmmaker and curator Ralph Goertz as "video on demand" on vimeo.

The second film "Alec Soth - New American Photography" (32 min.) is available on vimeo. Have fun!


Watch it on vimeo




IKS goes online with VOD series on vimeo

Documentary on Joel Meyerowitz starting today


For the first time in their history, the documentaries by award winning filmmaker Ralph Goertz are available as "Video on Demand" on vimeo. The series starts with a 75 minutes documentary on JOEL MEYEROWITZ - SENSE OF TIME, with a lot of unpublished footage.

Joel Meyerowitz counts as a pioneer of Street Photography and - together with Stephen Shore and William Eggleston - as one of the important representatives of "New Color Photography" in the 1960s and 70s.





IKS develops digital strategy for Kunsthalle Duesseldorf

10 short clips on the exhibition SUBJECT and OBJECT


At the recommendation of the Prime Minister of NRW, all art and cultural institutions were closed until April 19, 2020 because of COVID-19. The opening of the exhibition SUBJECT and OBJECT. PHOTO RHINE RUHR didn't take place at Kunsthalle Duesseldorf which was originally supposed to open on March 20, 2020. In order to present a foretaste of the exhibition, which - for the first time - holds a dialogue between the photo metropolises of Essen, Düsseldorf and Cologne with 106 participating photographers from three generations, the IKS was commissioned to develop a digital strategy and will present 10 participating artists and positions in 10 short video clips.


The video series starts with Timm Rautert and his "Germans in Uniform".


IKS starts streaming channel in April on vimeo


On behalf of the 10th anniversary, the IKS will start their own streaming channel on vimeo on 3 Aril to provide their partially award winning documentaries by Ralph Goertz on international artists like Joel Meyerowitz, Thomas Ruff, Candida Höfer, Alec Soth, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Anthony Cragg, Otto Piene or Claes Oldenburg. The video channel will offer VIDEO ON DEMAND for streaming and to buy and watch the films online.



Ralph Goertz appointed as visiting lecturer


The director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, was appointed as a visiting lecturer at the Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf. In the following summer semester he lectures the seminar PHOTO RHINE RUHR, which is focuesd on the development of artistic photography in Germany - especially in Essen, Düsseldorf and Cologne - since the 1960s. The lecture is part of the program in art history and art management. Great experience. Many thanks!


photo: Leslie Barabasch



Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Opening 20 March 2020


Ralph Goertz curates PHOTO RHINE RUHR at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

21 March - 14 June 2020

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf


The exhibition SUBJECT and OBJECT. For the first time, PHOTO RHINE RUHR is centered around the relationships between the different photographic positions which have developed in the areas of the Rhineland and the Ruhr and their art academies based there since the 1960s. Special about this approach is that due to the fact of such a rich photo scene in western Germany, which has repeatedly produced new and innovative artistic positions with very different photographic approaches over the past 70 years.

Curated by Ralph Goertz with Gregor Jansen and Dana Bergmann.


The Standard Los Angeles, 2000 © Candida Höfer / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020


IKS goes Museum Wiesbaden

Soulmates - a film by Ralph Goertz

13 March - 12 July 2020

Museum Wiesbaden


Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941) and Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) have entered the canon of art history as one of the pioneering artist couples of the avant-garde. With the founding of the Neue Künstlervereinigung München in 1909, from which Blue Rider would emerged two years later, they not only advanced modernism as the conceptual drive (Werefkin) and creative force (Jawlensky) of these associations, but also contributed significantly to the development of early 20th century art, both individually and as a couple. They were soulmates, connected by a relationship that was never simple, always highly complex, intense and interpersonal. In her memoirs, Lily Klee, wife of painter Paul Klee, characterized very aptly “their relationship,” which was “no marriage,” as “an erotically platonic friendship love.” They were life companions even beyond their years of partnership. Even today it is exceedingly difficult to determine precisely when the two were acquaintances, friends, lovers, partners or colleagues.


The IKS was asked to produce a documentary (director: Ralph Goertz) in occasion of the exhibition at Lenbachhaus Munich and Museum Wiesbaden. Many thanks!




Alexej von Jawlensky, Turandot I, 1912 Privatsammlung


IKS goes Kunst Haus Wien

Film on Alec Soth

Alec Soth. Photography is a language

27 Feb - 16 Aug 2020

Kunst Haus Wien


The American Alec Soth has been counted among the world’s leading photographers for some years now. His 2004 series Sleeping by the Mississipi catapulted him into stardom: following in Robert Frank’s footsteps, the artist documented American life on a road trip along the Mississippi – and did so in a very subjective, poetic, melancholic way.

His solo exhibition at KUNST HAUS WIEN presents Soth’s famous series Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), Niagara (2006), Broken Manual (2010) and Songbook (2014), alongside his most recent work I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating (2019).


The documentary by Ralph Goertz will be part of the exhibition and provides a deep inside view into the artistic process of Alec Soth. Basically the film was produced in occasion of the exhibit "Two Rivers. Joachum Brohm / Alec Soth" (curated by Ralph Goertz) in 2019 at NRW-Forum Duesseldorf.


© IKS-Medienarchiv


"99 Seconds of:" Nora Turato

Philara Collection

what do you make of this? did you make this up?

07 Feb. 2020 - 26 April 2020


The nucleus of Nora Turatos‘ works lies in the usage of language. In her videos, sculptural installations, artist books, murals and spoken word performances she superimposes phonetic, semantic as well as visual qualities of language.


Turato withdraws fragments from the daily chaos of information flow, from press articles, chats, subtitles and advertising messages and converts them into a concentrated, linguistic-visual network. What surrounds the artist every day streams back into her work. In this procedure she is democratic. Equally, political statements as well as Kardashian quotes can be embedded in her conglomerate. The emerging parallelism reflects a network of social relationships, marketing strategies, consumer behaviour and their own sub- jectivity.


"99 Seconds of:"


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Peter Lindbergh at Kunstpalast

Untold Stories

5 Feb. - 1 June 2020


Untold Stories is the first ever survey exhibition curated by Peter Lindbergh himself. Born in 1944 and raised in Duisburg, the German photographer spent two years working on an uncompromising collection of 140 photographs that will shed an unusual light on his colossal oeuvre, spanning from the early 1980’s to the present day.

In 2017 the NRW-Forum Duesseldorf presented the show Women on Street: Peter Lindbergh / Garry Winogrand (curated by Ralph Goertz), which included some of his favorite photographs now on view at Kunstpalast. Ralph Goertz met Peter Linbergh at his studio in Paris to talk with him about his work on his artistic approach.


Women on street by Linbergh


Foto © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS producing film on Angelika Kauffmann

30 Jan. - 24 May 2020

Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf


The Kunstpalast dedicates a major overview exhibition to Angelika Kauffmann (1741–1807), the most famous female artist in the age of Enlightenment and Sentimentalism.


A significant number of the approximately 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures will be presented to the public for the first time. Angelika Kauffmann, according to J. G. Herder the “possibly most cultivated woman in Europe”, was a liberal-minded neoclassical artist highly acclaimed throughout Europe. Admired for her artistic talents, her broad education and impeccable character, Kauffmann enjoyed a career that, for female artists at the time, was unprecedented. She made a name for herself with her remarkable early works, received artistic training in Italy and came to fame and fortune in London as a history painter and portraitist. Later, the astute and well networked businesswoman opened one of the most sought-after studios in Rome.


In cooperation with the restoration center Düsseldorf and curator Dr. Bettina Baumgärtel, Ralph Goertz is producing a short film to give a deeper inside view on the way Angelika Kauffmann did paint. Many thanks!



Bieke Depoorter at NRW-Forum

22 November 2019 – 16 February 2020


How close can a photographer get to the people they portray? What is their role with regards to their subject, and what responsibility do they assume? Bieke Depoorter’s artistic work is based on her relationships with people and her own position as a photographer. From November 22, 2019 to February 16, 2020, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is showing the most comprehensive solo exhibition to date of the Belgian Magnum photographer’s work in Germany. Comprising five series from 2015 to 2019, the exhibition presents the photographer, who was born in Belgium in 1986, as an artist at a turning point in her career.

Depoorter explores current social issues and questions her role as a photographer, as well as the limits of her medium, across five topical projects, some of which are ongoing


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


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

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