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New documentary on Andreas Gursky

Now available on DVD and Vimeo on demand


The filmmaker Ralph Goertz accompanied Andreas Gursky for eight years with his camera in his studio, while taking photographs, in his class at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, while setting up his exhibition at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and at his first retrospective at the Hayward Gallery in London.


The film traces Gursky's artistic process and provides deep insights into the work of this exceptional artist, from his beginnings in 1977 at the Folkwangschule in Essen, to his move to the Becher class at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1980 and his first free artistic works. Since the 1980s, he has continuously developed his work from analogue to digital photography, creating his own visual worlds in the process. In the film, Gursky and Goertz talk about his working methods, the artist's approach to the medium of photography and his often cited proximity to painting.


Watch the film here!


The film is now available on Vimeo on demand (German with English subtitles). The DVD will be available at bookshops by Walther and Franz König!


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv



Documentary on Andreas Gursky oficially selected

We are thrilled to announce that our documentary on German photo artist Andreas Gursky has been officially selected by the "on art" film festival Poland! The festival will take place from 5 July to 1 September throughout Poland. Our Film will be screened on 13th July at 7pm in Stettin und on 25th July at 6pm in Warsaw.


The film by Ralph Goertz, director of the IKS, was produced over eight years and gives rare insights into the working methods of the exceptional artist and is available on DVD and on Vimeo on demand in HD!



"Changing States: Ireland" opens at Haus am Kleistpark

Collaboration with Photo Museum Ireland and IKS PHOTO

Changing States: Ireland in the 21st Century

Contemporary photography from Ireland

7 June – 11 August 2024

„Changing States: Ireland in the 21st Century“ is the first major group exhibition to use the medium of photography to highlight and make visible the changes in Irish life. It focuses on the first decades of the 21st century, which marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the state. The exhibition presents 34 contemporary artists at Haus am Kleistpark, providing an overview of the development of contemporary photography in Ireland for the first time.

Curated by Trish Lambe, Darren Campion and Ralph Goertz


The exhibition was organised as part of Zeitgeist Ireland 24, an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy in Germany. Curated by Trish Lambe, Darren Campion (Photo Museum Ireland) and Ralph Goertz (IKS PHOTO).


Changing States: Ireland, Haus am Kleistpark


WDR Westart visits UK WOMEN

Anke Rebbert has dedicated a wonderful contribution to the UK WOMEN exhibition on WDR Westart. Thank you very much!


Westart broadcast



UK WOMEN opens on 25 May at Ludwiggalerie Oberhausen


British photography between social criticism and identity

28 women photographer from the United Kingdom

Ludwiggalerie Oberhausen

26 May - 15 Sept. 2024

On 25 May at 7 pm the new exhibition UK WOMEN by IKS PHOTO opens in cooperation with the LUDWIGGALERIE Schloss Oberhausen and presents extraordinary female power from the United Kingdom. The exhibition "UK WOMEN. British photography between social criticism and identity" will be presented for the first time in Germany with works by 28 female photographers from three generations.

In an overview from classic documentary photography from the 1970s to an individual artistic view and the processing of current topics such as origin, community, gender identity or social criticism, the exhibition shows 220 works from 29 series, curated by Ralph Goertz, director of the IKS.

We cordially invite you to the opening on Saturday, 25 May 2024 at 7 pm!


IKS presents film on Peter Mitchell at Leeds Art Gallery

Nothing Lasts Forever: Peter Mitchell

17 May 2024 - 06 October 2024


British photographer Peter Mitchell is regarded as a pioneer and one of England's most important documentary photographers. Since the 1970s, he has been documenting life and the economic and cultural transformation of Leeds.

The Leeds Arts Gallery is dedicating a large-scale retrospective to the photographer.

In 2019, Ralph Goertz, Director of the IKS, accompanied the photographer on one of his forays through Leeds. The film about Peter Mitchell is now being shown as part of the retrospective and is available for streaming and as VOD.





IKS at Kunstmuseen Krefeld

Artist talk by Ralph Goertz with Joachim Brohm

House Esters, Krefeld


On 4.4.2024 at 7 pm an artist talk between Ralph Goertz and the renowned photo artist Joachim Brohm will take place at Haus Esters in Krefeld. As part of "More Mies: Kunstimpuls", Joachim Brohm will present his new book project LESSMORE, which has been published as an edition by his self-publishing house BR-ED .


NNG Berlin by DCA 2 © Joachim Brohm


IKS commissioned by Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal

New trailer on TIMES AND SPACES

Classics of the collection. Ruisdael to Giacometti

starting 24th March 2024


In this exhibition the Von der Heydt Museum's unique collection, with its pro-nounced focus on the 19th century and classical modernism, is presented for the first time in many years in a permanent exhibition and in a new form.


The newly conceived presentation brings together selected paintings and sculptures from the 17th century to the 1960s - many of which are our visitor’s firm favourites. The sorting of the works in groups is special: under the title "Times and Spaces", they are arranged like a kind of visual travel guide that leads through the formative spaces and periods of European art history of the last centuries.

With over 2,000 paintings, 500 sculptures, 800 photographs and 30,000 graphic works, the Von der Heydt Museum has one of the most important art collections in Germany. The IKS was commissioned to produce the official trailer.



IKS produce 99sec. of: at Philara Collection

In Abwesenheit

Collection Presentation – Photography

03.03.2024 - 08.09.2024


The Philara Collection is pleased to present In Abwesenheit, a curated exhibition of photography. The works shown span a period of almost a century, starting from the beginnings of surrealist photography in the 1920s, moving forward by way of the black and white photographs of the 1960s and 1970s through to contemporary iterations of digital and analogue photography. The works shown are united in their intensive engagement with questions of absence, voids and lack. They pose a diverse range of questions, interrogating the physical qualities of photography and its technical requirements, as well as broader aspects such as speculative fiction, belonging, nostalgia and ambiguity.


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IKS produce 99sec.of: Tim Berresheim

New Old World


17 Feb - 26 Mai 2024


Tim Berresheim, born in Aachen in 1975, is a pioneer of computer-based art. His work combines an interplay of art history, technology, science and nature. He himself calls his method "artistic contemporary archaeology". Berresheim studied with Albert Oehlen at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and with Johannes Brus at the HBK Braunschweig.

Heworks with the latest technologies, from computer-generated imagery (CGI), high-performance photography, laser and 3D scanning to 3D printing or mixed reality, to create something radically new.



For our format "99sec. of:" Isabel Hernandez met the artist for an interview. Many thanks!


99sec. of:


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


First screening of our documentary on Andreas Gursky

23 February, 6pm

Museum Folkwang


On 23 February 2024 at 6 pm, our new documentary on ANDREAS GURSKY by Ralph Goertz did premiere at the Museum Folkwang as part of the new series FotoFilmFreitag! The film has been followed by a talk between Thomas Seelig, Head of the Photographic Collection, and the filmmaker, Ralph Goertz. Many thanks to the whole team of Museum Folkwang!

And a very warm thank you to all visitors who made this evening very special!


photo: Markus Luigs


IKS meets Colin Penno

Berthold Pott Gallery Cologne



20 Jan – 25 Feb 2024


Galerie Berthold Pott is dedicating a solo exhibition to the Essen-based artist Colin Penno. In terz he is showing new works consisting of sculptures, paintings, objects and installations.


Colin Penno was born in 1980 and lives and works in Essen, Germany. He studied at Folkwang Essen (2003-2010, diploma in photography) and Art at the Academy of Düsseldorf (2010-2015, master class of Martin Gostner). His work exists of sculpture, painting, objects and installation. For our new format "IKS meets" Isabel Hernandez met the artist in Cologne.


Trailer: "IKS meets"



photo © Berhold Pott Gallery


New format:

Studio visit with Max Frintrop


In addition to our successful news format "99sec. of:", we have launched a new format that shows artists during their creative process. The German painter Max Frintrop, who studied under Albert Oehlen at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, kicks things off.

Isabel Hernandez met the artist in his studio. Thank you very much!


Studio visit


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Summer 2024

Two major photo exhibitions and collaborations

We are very happy to announce our next two photo exhibitions.

UK WOMEN at Ludwiggalerie Oberhausen and CHANGING STATES: IRELAND IN THE 21st CENTURY at Haus am Kleistpark in Berlin!


UK WOMEN will present 28 women photographers from the UK. The exhibition is focused on different artistic and documentary
ways to reflect the major themes social criticism and identity with the media of photography since the 1970s. The show opens on 25th May 2024 at the Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen.


CHANGING STATES: IRELAND IN THE 21st CENTURY is a major group exhibition with around 40 Irish photographers that
looks at the ways photography has made visible the changing nature of Irish life. The exhibition opens on 6th June at Haus am Kleistpark in Berlin in collaboration with the Photo Museum Ireland as part of the project „Zeitgeist Irland 24“ supported by Culture Ireland and the embassy of Ireland in Berlin. In cooperation with Barbara Esch Marowski and co-curated by Trish Lambe and Darren Campion. Opening on 6th June 2024 at Haus am Kleistpark Berlin.


Both exhibitions are curated by Ralph Goertz and were developed by the IKS PHOTO, which is the new photo department of the IKS Düsseldorf.


3 new documentaries are coming up in 2024

Andreas Gursky, Joachim Brohm and

Laurenz Berges


2024 will become a great year which will be devoted to photography. The IKS is very proud to announce the upcoming documentaries on Andreas Gursky, Joachim Brohm and Laurenz Berges by award-winning filmmaker Ralph Goertz. Please keep in touch for further informations, we will update soon!


Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship.

The exhibition 2023
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

2 Dec 2023 – 25 Feb 2024


Every four years since 1989, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, in cooperation with the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), has organised an exhibition of the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship, which was established in 1975. The foundation established by Schmidt-Rottluff awards two-year postgraduate scholarships for outstanding artistic achievements. In the Kunsthalle, the last two years of the scholarship will present the works they created during the scholarship period.

Participating artists: Matej Bosnić, Cudelice Brazelton IV, Nicolas Fehr, Daniel Hopp, Ava Irandoost, Ida Kammerloch, Larissa Rosa Lackner, Vera Palme, Julia Phillips, Andrėja Šaltytė and Silke Schönfeld.

Ralph Goertz met the artists for an interview and did produce the official trailer. Thank you very much.




works by Larissa Rosa Lackner, photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Cudelice Brazelton IV creating his burning wall painting, photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Bodies, Grids and Ecstasy in KAI 10

November 1, 2023 – April 20, 2024

KAI 10 Arthena Foundation


Margret Eicher, Beate Gütschow, Verena Issel, Inna Levinson, Roy Mordechay, Katja Novitskova, Pavel Pepperstein, Pieter Schoolwerth, Lena Schramm


What becomes of physical reality in a world that is increasingly pervaded by digital processes? Exploring this question, the exhibition confronts us with surprising encounters – and contradictions – between surface and space, abstraction and matter, reality and fiction. We come across images, objects and sculptures in which things come together or are pieced together that as such are not compatible – in other words, collages with invisible seams.


The exhibition shows various artistic paths that lead away from the gridded flatland of a computer screen, a sheet of paper or a wall, back into a world of haptic, corporeal experience and narration. These might run in straight lines that take an unusual course or be convoluted, humorous and enigmatic. Included here may also be a subtle or direct critique of digital capitalism.

Isabel Hernandez met Roy Mordechay for an interview.


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photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS


What Is Steady Anyway? at Philara Collection

250 years of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

Class of Sabrina Fritsch & Class of Franka Hörnschemeyer

20.10.2023 - 25.02.2024

Philara Collection


‘Each time an individual moves an object from one place to another, they participate in the changing of the world.’ – Issa Samb


The Philara Collection is pleased to present a new, two-phase, temporary exhibition, What Is Steady Anyway? This exhibition has been realised in cooperation with the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in connection with its 250 Jahre Kunstakademie Düsseldorf programme of anniversary events. Current works by present students and recent graduates of the classes of Professor Sabrina Fritsch and Professor Franka Hörnschemeyer are shown.


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Havîn Al-Sîndy im NKR Düsseldorf

Havîn Al-Sîndy: A picture of a gateway

with Eva Busch, Bariş Seyitvan, Sinthujan Varatharajah, Students, Mariane Verbecq & Milena Cestao, Leyla Toprak, Johab Silva, Heike Dempster

September 16 – Oktober 29, 2023

Neuer Kunstraum Duesseldorf

What happens to an architecture that must be abandoned? What happens in the necessary re-encounter with it?
The multi-part work A Picture of a Gate brings together two concrete physical places that are geographically distant from each other, yet they are set for an encounter than transcends their perceived boundaries.
Our memory is fragile, fragmented and manipulative. Knowing this, a question arises: what does solidarity in memory mean in moments like these? How does memory change through its de-location or its insertion into a new context. What space can such memories occupy in a country like Germany?
The work is divided into several elements that come together in an installation of sculpture and drawings, video works, and a live performance with 260 students from NRW.


Isabel Hernandez met the artist for our news format "99sec. of:". Many thanks.


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photo: Isabel Hernandez

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Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen and IKS enter into cooperation
UK Women - British Photography between Social Criticism and Identity

28 photographic positions from the United Kingdom

26 May 2024 until 15 Sep 2024

For the first time, the exhibition focuses on photographic positions of 28 women photographers from the United Kingdom and shows how the medium of photography has developed since the 1970s.

With strong themes such as social critique, migration, gender identity, community and diversity, British women photographers have been campaigning for equality since the 1970s, but also for their own artistic language. They question British traditions and outdated role clichés. With humour and self-irony, they simultaneously draw a vivid and sensitive picture of a society in upheaval. In doing so, they repeatedly place themselves at the centre of their own artistic practice and self-confidently formulate their claim to equality.


With "UK Women", Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen and IKS PHOTO are entering into their first cooperation. We are looking forward to this wonderful collaboration! The exhibition is curated by Ralph Goertz.


Foto: My Favourite Colour Was Yellow, 2016 © Kirsty Mackay


Rafał Milach at Museum Folkwang


The Archive of Public Protests

22. Sep 2023 – 01. Jan 2024


Rafał Milach (b. 1978) is the initiator and co-founder of the 2019 collective The Archive of Public Protests, or A-P-P for short. The collective was founded as a reaction to the restrictions on the freedom of expression and the rule of law in Poland by the national conservative national conservative party PiS. The 18 photographers, activists and theoreticians who are currently involved theorists are recording the protests, which have since intensified, and are making their photographs and their photographs and texts for free use, in order to counteract the reporting of government-related media with their own images and their own images and narratives. In addition to restrictions on the freedom of the press, further topics include the ban on abortions, refugee and climate policy, Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The Museum Folkwang presents thirteen photographs and four slogans as wallpapers, thus transferring the manifestations of public space into the museum.


Ralph Goertz met the artist for an interview for our news format "99sec. of:". Many thanks!


99sec. of:


Foto: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

Cornelius Völker at the Kunstpalast Düsseldorf
IKS produces new format "IKS meets"
Cornelius Völker
31.8.2023 - 7.1.2024


Whether lighter, leaf or lips, or heroin, heart or hands – as diverse as the motifs in Cornelius Völker’s (*1965) oeuvre are: the artist’s spirited and vividly coloured style of painting, often exploring familiar and everyday subjects shown in a new light, has always been characteristic of his work. Time and again, also objects generally deemed hardly worthy of painting find their way into Völker’s art.

For our new format "IKS meets", Isabel Hernandez visited the exhibition at the Kunstpalast.


"IKS meets"


photo: Meerschweinchen, 2003 © Cornelius Völker

ZKM presents our HEINZ MACK film

starting on 16th September 2023


In occasion of the exhibition "MACK im ZKM" the ZKM - Center for media art in Karlsruhe presents our documentary "HEINZ MACK. Movement - Light Color" on the artist and co-founder of the internationally recognized artist group ZERO. This very rare documentary accompanies the artists over centures.


We now did publish the documentary as Video On Demand to make it available worldwide in German. An English version will be released later this year.




Foto: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Simone Nieweg at The Photography Collection Cologne

Simone Nieweg – Plants, Sheds, Arable Land: Working in Nature

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne

September 8, 2023 – January 21, 2024


The photographs of Simone Nieweg show discoveries made in the landscape of intriguing objects both natural and human-made.


For the master student Simone Nieweg (b. 1962) in Bernd Becher’s class at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, the view of nature and the arable land created by human hand formed important starting points for her artistic work back in the 1980s. Even then, she was already preoccupied by urgent questions about how we treat our natural resources. Her color photographs, which Nieweg shoots in the Rhineland and other regions of Germany as well as in France using a large-format camera, draw our attention to the often overlooked outskirts of towns and industrial areas. They highlight the aesthetic qualities that unfold when these still un-zoned areas are cultivated in a limited fashion, usually upon individual initiative, for gardening or agriculture. Elements that give the land structure and continuity are captured here: alternative allotment gardens, future building land, patches of meadow, fields going to seed with wild vegetation, vegetable beds, plowed fields in winter, or blossoming fruit trees as harbingers of spring. Structures built by simple means, whether sheds or compost racks, reveal themselves to be typical components of their particular landscapes.


Ralph Goertz met the artist for our "99sec. of:". Many thanks!


99sec. of:


Foto: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Katja Novitskova at MGK Siegen

IKS produces exhibition trailer

Katja Novitskova. Eyes of the world

1 Sept 2023 - 14 Jan 2024


The Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen is now showing the first monographic museum exhibition by Katja Novitskova (*1984 in Tallinn, Estonia, lives and works in Amsterdam) in Germany. Eyes of the World presents a comprehensive overview of her works from the last 10 years and includes a number of new pieces.

Novitskova’s concern is with digital images of nature and their influence on the way we perceive the world. She explores imaging techniques and their use in art, science and society. Her work is based on ongoing investigation of current research in biotechnology and revolves around the question of the future continuity of the organic as a component of technological processes.

The IKS was commissioned to produce the exhibition trailer. Ralph Goertz met the artist for an interview.




photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS produce 99sec. of:

See Yourself As Lovers See You

William N. Copley | Dorothy Iannone

Sammlung Philara

13 Aug 2023 - 14 Jan 2024


The Philara Collection is delighted to present two internationally renowned artists in the exhibition SEE YOURSELF AS LOVERS SEE YOU: William N. Copley and Dorothy Iannone. For the first time, the works of the two artists, who exhibited in 1993 under the title BERLINER AMERIKANER (together with the Fluxus artist Emmett Williams) at the Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, will be shown in juxtaposition.

The new exhibition at Philara focuses on freedom, self-determination, and the ecstasy of physical love; it highlights the interconnections and differences in the work of both artists, Americans whose careers developed in Europe and who continued to produce remarkably comprehensive bodies of work right up to the end of their lives.


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© William N. Copley


IKS meets Sebastian Riemer

Sammlung Philara

Front Page Back End

Sebastian Riemer

13 Aug - 1 Oct 2023


The Philara Collection is pleased to present FRONT PAGE BACK END, a selection of photographs by Sebastian Riemer. This exhibition shows works from his Press Paintings series, which focuses on retouched press photos from 1950s America and references the canon of characters featured in the popular press of that era. These photographs raise questions on the inclusion and exclusion of images in the media, and on the economy of image processing, where similar criteria still apply today.

Sebastian Riemer (*1982 Oberhausen) studied under Thomas Ruff and Christopher Williams at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. In 2010 he received his Master Student qualification from Thomas Ruff.




© Sebastian Riemer


IKS produces film formats for Fridericianum Kassel


15 July 2023 – 14 January 2024


Tauba Auerbach, born in 1981 in San Francisco and now living in New York, traces the visible and invisible patterns, structures, and rhythms that shape our universe. In addition, Auerbach’s artistic gaze is oriented toward the microcosmic and macrocosmic that constitute the complexity of being. To this end, the artist explores various scientific disciplines, such as mathematics, physics, anatomy, linguistics, and philosophy, while often adopting their rules and methods in an unconventional, willful manner. A special focus of interest lies in those areas that cannot be clearly measured, ascribed, or explained. Ambiguities, interstices, and borderline phenomena are thus recurring themes. Auerbach’s works, featuring paintings, drawings, weavings, films, artist’s books, typography, and sculptures, can be seen as sensitive associations to this artistic research.

The show at the Fridericianum features new works, some developed especially for Kassel, which are complemented by site-specifically staged older works.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS produces trailer for Kunsthalle Duesseldorf
The inescapable interweaving of all lives

Keltie Ferris / Ilse Henin / Hayv Kahraman / Gisela McDaniel / Soraya Sharghi / Emma Talbot

24 June - 17 September 2023

Starting with the works of Ilse Henin, the exhibition weaves a net to the five younger contemporary positions. They are united by the interweaving of supposedly classical motifs read as feminine, but they have all developed them into completely different subjects.

"Femininity" as a motif is placed in a contemporary context. The woman is no longer a beautiful accessory or projection surface of the male gaze, but the main figure and identity bearer of the work. Women, as individual figures, in groups or as part of a family or tribe, stand up for themselves and for all those they represent. They are strong, self-determined heroes of a new narrative of femininity, aware of their position. At the same time, classical notions of femininity and masculinity are questioned.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

IKS produces trailer for Museum Folkwang
Curated by Marina Abramović and Billy Zhao


IKS produces official trailer for: 54 HOURS PERFORMANCES: FREE INTERDISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE LAB at Museum Folkwang and achieves a reach of 22,000 viewers in the first 24 hours on Instagram.


International students from all faculties of the Folkwang University of the Arts have been working with Pina Bausch guest professor Marina Abramović since the 2022/23 winter semester. They have been creating Long Durational Performances as part of the Free Interdisciplinary Performance Lab. The results will be presented to the public for the first time at Museum Folkwang from 30 June to 9 July 2023 to mark the completion of the fourth and final work phase. The Long Durational Performances are centered on showcasing the focus, perseverance, and concentration of the 24 participating artists, who include singers, dancers, photographers, actors, directors and composers aged 17 to 39. The students have so far been spending three intensive workshop phases in various locations – the most recent being a „Cleaning the House Workshop” in the mountains of Sparta, Greece – preparing for this unique challenge with the help of the internationally acclaimed performance artist, teaching assistant Billy Zhao, and project manager Wayne Götz.




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