Current

27 October 2017 until 4 February 2018
Jochen Lempert / Peter Piller
Reconsidering Photography: Birds

In the new exhibition series Reconsidering Photography, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) invites contemporary photographers to relate their own work to examples from the Photography and New Media Collection. Kicking off the series are Jochen Lempert (b. 1958) and Peter Piller (b. 1968), two photographers whose methods could hardly be more different. Lempert's motifs from everyday nature and culture meet up with images of unintentional origin contributed by Piller. In Reconsidering Photography: Birds, Lempert and Piller collaborate as artists and curators. Drawing on the photographic collection of MKG as a resource, they have compiled from the historical material a selection of bird pictures that they combine with their own photographs. On view from 27 October 2017, the exhibition features around 100 exhibits. Birds are a recurring motif in Jochen Lempert's work, and for the show at MKG he has arranged his motion studies and observations of birds in a new room installation. Peter Piller has worked to date primarily with found images, which he subjects to shifts in meaning. In his new series behind time (2017), which debuts at MKG, he himself takes camera in hand to deliberately capture moments when a bird cannot be optimally seen and which would be considered a failure in wildlife photography. With generous support from the Justus Brinckmann Gesellschaft.

Artist talk

10 December 2017, 3 pm,
with Jochen Lempert and Peter Piller

Curator-guided tours

7 December 2017, 7 pm,
Dr. Esther Ruelfs, Head of the Photography and New Media Department
21 January 2018, 3 pm
, Dr. Cathrin Hauswald, Photography and New Media Department

Ill.: Franz Schensky (1871-1957), two sea gulls, ca. 1934, carbon print, 27,2 x 38,7 cm © Förderverein Museum Helgoland e.V.