Museum für Fotografie / Helmut-Newton-Stiftung - Berlin


The Exhibition "Wolfgang Schulz and the Photography Scene around 1980" points out an important period of drastic change in the history of West German photography.

In the years around 1980, photography gained a new status in the art world. New approaches to photography were explored; museums began to show interest in the medium; the first photo galleries opened; photography made its first major appearance at documenta in 1977; and photo magazines were launched. The starting point for the current exhibition on this exciting, transformative period is the photo magazine FOTOGRAFIE: Zeitschrift internationaler Fotokunst (subsequently FOTOGRAFIE: Kultur jetzt, produced in forty issues between 1977 and 1985 under the editorship of Wolfgang Schulz.

The exhibition rediscover an important aspect of the history of photography in West Germany. The exhibition is divided into four sections. It pays tribute to Wolfgang Schulz’s photographic work around 1980, shows images by various photographers whose work influenced the late 1970s and early to mid-1980s, presents all forty issues of the magazine FOTOGRAFIE in a serial layout forming an impressive visual panorama, and offers an oral history forum using video interviews of contemporary eyewitnesses.

A broad selection of works by the photographers represented in the magazine from the collection of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg and from numerous other lenders are also on view. Their works are representative of various concepts and artistic approaches ‒ a microcosm whose details bring to life the photographic scene of the time. The photographs are by Hans Christian Adam, Gosbert Adler, Dieter Appelt, Heiner Blum, Joachim Brohm, Dörte Eißfeldt, Verena von Gagern, André Gelpke, Dagmar Hartig, Andreas Horlitz, Hans-Martin Küsters, Reinhard Matz, Angela Neuke, Heinrich Riebesehl, Wilhelm Schürmann, Holger Stumpf, Ulrich Tillmann/Wolfgang Vollmer, Petra Wittmar and Miron Zownir

The exhibition is curated by Reinhard Matz, Steffen Siegel and Bernd Stiegler in cooperation with Esther Ruelfs from the Museum für Kunst and Gewerbe in Hamburg. It has been enlarged for the Berlin venue in collaboration with Ludger Derenthal, Kunstbibliothek.

A catalogue for the exhibition has been published by Spector Books, Leipzig: 240 pages, ISBN: 9783959052825, retail price: 28 €

Museum für Fotografie / Helmut-Newton-Stiftung, Jebensstraße 2, 10623 Berlin

AUSSTELLUNGSDAUER: 25.06. - 11.10.2020
Montag Geschlossen, Dienstag – Mittwoch 11:00-19:00 Uhr, Donnerstag 11:00 - 20:00 Uhr, Freitag - Sonntag11:00 - 19:00 Uhr

Eintrittspreis10,00 €, ermäßigt 5,00 €

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