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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 The series starts with a 75 minutes documentary on JOEL MEYEROWITZ - SENSE OF TIME, with a lot of unpublished footage.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!


Happy NEW YEAR 2020!

3 Exhibitions

3 New Films


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


New Trailer in order of Museum Folkwang

The Assembled Human

8 November 2019 – 15 March 2020


In late autumn 2019, Museum Folkwang will present a show that transcends media and epochs to explore the major societal issues and upheavals of the last 150 years. The Assembled Human presents art as a mirror of industrialisation, technologisation and digitisation. It provides a cultural-historical survey that encompasses key works of painting and graphic design, early experiments in photography, installations and films, along with recent works of Post-Internet Art.




 © Franz Wilhelm Seiwert, Die Arbeitsmänner, 1925


Louisa Clement at Ludwig Forum Aachen

Remote Control



What defines a person in the digital age? The optimization and manipulation of the body through technical and medical interventions raises questions about human identity, which Louisa Clement explores in her artistic work. Her photographs, videos, installations, sculptures and virtual reality works reflect our daily reality in a seductive and at the same time inscrutable way. The focus mostly lies on the body itself – fragmented, anonymized and alienated, it becomes the symbol of a “new human being” in a digitalized world. Clement’s works are the results of an exciting interchange of virtuality and reality, absence and presence.


With this must-see exhibition the IKS is proud to present a new trailer format, which has been developed for social media platforms.


Please watch it on Instagram!


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Park Seo-Bo and Minjung Kim at Langen Foundation

29 Sept 2019 - 29 March 2020


The Langen Foundation is pleased to present the first solo exhibitions in Germany by Park Seo-Bo (b. 1931) and Minjung Kim (*1962).  Regarded as one of the leading figures in contemporary Korean art, Park Seo-Bo is credited as being the father of the ‘Dansaekhwa’ (Korean Monochrome Painting) movement. Born in 1931 in Yecheon, Gyeongbuk, Park was part of a generation that was deeply affected by the Korean War (1950–53) which divided the country into North and South.

Minjung Kim's abstract paintings are created using layers of Hanji – a traditional Korean paper made from the inner bark of mulberry trees. Using the rhythm of her breath on a lit incense stick, she gently and rhythmically burns the edges of each individual strip, and using a traditional Korean gluing technique painstakingly collages these strips,  layer by layer, onto a larger Hanji surface.


We met both artists for an interview and to produce a trailer in order of the Langen Foundation. Many thanks!


Park Seo-Bo

Minjung Kim



photos: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


New Documentary in occasion of "Soulmates. Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin"

Lenbachhaus Munich / Museum Wiesbaden


The two important artists Alexey von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin are one of the most important figures of Expressionism. For almost thirty years they were closely linked in life and work. Together with Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter they founded the "New Artist Assosiation Munich" and are considered as artistic pioneers for the development of Expressionism in Europe.

The film gives an inside view onto life and work of the two exceptional artists and visited the original locations in St. Petersburg, Munich, Murnau, Oberstdorf, St. Prex, Ascona and Wiesbaden. The film (60min.) by Ralph Goertz was produced for the exhibition SOULMATES at the Lenbachhaus Munich and Museum Wiesbaden. In collaboration with Annegret Hoberg and Roman Zieglgänsberger.



IKS goes Guggenheim Bilbao

Thomas Struth Documentary by Ralph Goertz

October 2, 2019 - January 19, 2020


Thomas Struth (b. 1954, Geldern, Germany) receive their signature character from the questions he asks himself—and his viewers—about the relevance of public space, the unifying momentum of family ties, the significance of nature and culture, and the limits and possibilities of new technologies. The Guggenheim Bilbao presents a major exhibition on the German photo artists and also presents the documentary by Ralph Goertz, who accompanied Struth over 10 years with his camera.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS produce new film for Schirn Frankfurt

Hannah Ryggen. Woven Manifestos

26 September – 12 January 2020

Schirn Frankfurt


Hannah Ryggen weaves stories of striking topicality. Her monumental tapestries bravely tackle the fundamental issues of life in society today: the atrocity of war, the abuse of power, the dependence on nature and the relation to family as well as fellow men and women. Living on a small self-sufficient farm on the west coast of Norway, the Swedish-Norwegian artist created a powerful, politically inspired oeuvre. She launched spectacular visual attacks on Hitler, Franco, and Mussolini and made powerful statements of support to the victims of Fascism and Nazism.


The IKS was asked to produce an exhibition film in occasion of the exhibition. Many thanks!


Now online!


Hannah Ryggen, Blood in the Grass, 1966 © Hannah Ryggen


Liquid Bodies at Philara Collection

Vanessa Conte, Stefanie Heinze, Zsófia Kersztes

6 September - 27 Oktober 2019

Philara Collection


The exhibition Liquid Bodies combines the artistic positions of Vanessa Conte, Stefanie Heinze, and Zsófia Keresztes. They are based on a dynamic, transformative, associative, feminist approach to the negotiation of bodies and objects.



"99 Seconds of:"


Foto: Paul Schlöpfer © Philara


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.


"99 Seconds of:"



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

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