March 19, 2020 - Kunsthalle Düsseldorf - SUBJECT and OBJECT. PHOTO RHINE RUHR
March 19, 2020

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Thomas Ruff, L’Empereur_06, 1982, from the series: "L’Empereur." C-print, 10,1 x 14,7 cm, 31 x 41 cm. © Thomas Ruff / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020.

March 21–June 14, 2020

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Düsseldorf
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

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For the first time, the exhibition SUBJECT and OBJECT. PHOTO RHINE RUHR 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. This unique approach is due to the fact that such a rich photography scene was able to develop in western Germany, which has repeatedly produced new and innovative artistic positions with sometimes very different photographic approaches over the past 70 years. According to the thesis, on the one hand this is due to the density of art academies and trade schools that developed in the Rhine and Ruhr regions after the Second World War. On the other hand, it is also a result of artistic socialization through an intensive art-historical discourse, parallel artistic developments within the visual arts, and the engagement with positions of international art that were shown at the major institutions in Düsseldorf, Essen, Cologne, Krefeld, and Mönchengladbach since the 1960s. 

The exhibition 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. The exhibition SUBJECT and OBJECT. PHOTO RHINE RUHR with about 100 artists and more than 600 works undertakes a dialogic and thought-provoking examination of this development for the first time.

Artists: Gosbert Adler, Alexander Basile, Lothar Baumgarten, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Max Beck, Boris Becker, Laurenz Berges, Eva Bertram, Anna + Bernhard Blume, Rudolf Bonvie, Natascha Borowsky, Wendelin Bottländer, Frank Breuer, Joachim Brohm, Ralf Brueck, Susanne Brügger, Louisa Clement, Volker Döhne, Sabine Dusend, Christine Erhard, Jan Paul Evers, Julian Faulhaber, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Annette Frick, Bernhard Fuchs, André Gelpke, Edith Glischke, Philipp Goldbach, Stefanie Grebe, Andreas Gursky, Willy Gursky, Beate Gütschow, Jitka Hanzlová, Volker Heinze, Katlen Hewel, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Arno Jansen, Bernd Jansen, Irmel Kamp, Jürgen Klauke, Astrid Klein, Fatih Kurceren, Alwin Lay, Tamara Lorenz, Knut Wolfgang Maron, Meisterklasse Timm Rautert 2005 (Frank Berger, Viktoria Binschtok, Kristleifur Björnsson, Florian Ebner, Ulrich Gebert, Göran Gnaudschun, Falk Haberkorn, Sven Johne, Stephanie Kiwitt, Alexej Meschtschanow, Ricarda Roggan, Adrian Sauer, Dirk Scheidt, Linda Weiss, Tobias Zielony), Klaus Mettig, Peter Miller, Christopher Muller, Angela Neuke, Thomas Neumann, Simone Nieweg, Elisabeth Neudörfl, Detlef Orlopp, Peter Piller, Johannes Post, Timm Rautert, Max Regenberg, Johanna Reich, Heinrich Riebesehl, Sebastian Riemer, Andrea Robbins + Max Becher, Alexander Romey, Tata Ronkholz, Martin Rosswog, Thomas Ruff, Gregor Sailer, Jörg Sasse, Martina Sauter, Morgaine Schäfer, Michael Schmidt, Stefan Schneider, Berit Schneidereit, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Wilhelm Schürmann, Helmut Schweizer, Katharina Sieverding, Otto Steinert, Thomas Struth, Anett Stuth, Niklas Taleb, Peter Thomann, Anna Vogel, Walter Vogel, Malte Wandel, Moritz Wegwerth, Christoph Westermeier, Christopher Williams, Petra Wittmar, Lothar Wolleh, Martin Zellerhoff 

Curated by Ralph Goertz with Gregor Jansen and Dana Bergmann

The exhibition will be accompanied by a extensive, richly illustrated catalog published by Walther König, Cologne. The catalog includes current and historical texts by Daria Bona, Florian Ebner, Stefan Gronert, Klaus Gronert, Klaus Honnef, and Wulf Herzogenrath, among others, as well as questionnaires with personal stories on the development of artistic photography since the 1960s by Susanne Brügger, André Gelpke, Beate Gütschow, Jürgen Klauke, Knut W. Maron, Berit Schneidereit, Thomas Seelig, and Petra Wittmar. Texts by the curators Dana Bergmann, Ralph Goertz, and Gregor Jansen offer an introduction.

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
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