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14 June until 24 November 2019
Wolfgang Schulz and the Photography Scene around 1980
Reconsidering Photography

As part of its exhibition series Reconsidering Photography, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) is undertaking a survey of the German photography scene around the year 1980. The springboard for the examination is the journal Fotografie. Zeitschrift internationaler Fotokunst, published by Wolfgang Schulz (b. 1944) between 1977 and 1985. On the occasion of the exhibition, MKG is inviting photography experts Reinhard Matz (Cologne), Steffen Siegel (Folkwang University Essen), and Bernd Stiegler (University of Konstanz) to relate their research project on the 1980s to the historical photographs in the MKG collection. The aim of the collaboration is to create a historical archaeology of German photography around 1980 based on the example of the journal Fotografie and its protagonists. The exhibition will show some 150 photos by Wolfgang Schulz, Hans Christian Adam, Dörte Eißfeldt, Verena von Gagern, André Gelpke, Dagmar Hartig, Andreas Horlitz, Reinhard Matz, Angela Neuke, Heinrich Riebesehl, Wilhelm Schürmann, Holger Stumpf, Petra Wittmar, and Miron Zownir, together with the journal itself, accompanied by a series of interviews conducted with contemporary witnesses expressly for the exhibition.

In connection with the exhibition, the inventory of works by female photographers in the MKG collection was expanded with funds from the Stiftung Hamburger Kunstsammlungen.

The exhibition was curated by Reinhard Matz, Steffen Siegel, and Bernd Stiegler in collaboration with Esther Ruelfs, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, and will be on view at the Museum für Fotografie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, from 3 April until 19 July 2020.

Supporting program

In the context of the exhibition, curators Reinhard Matz, Steffen Siegel, Bernd Stiegler, and Esther Ruelfs, as well as artists Dörte Eißfeldt and Verena von Gagern, will speak on the topics: “The Body in Photography,” “The Documentary Aspect in Photography,” and “Collectors, Pictures and Banana Crates.” In the fall, female photographers will be invited to present their works from the period 1977 to 1985 at a portfolio viewing on 20 October 2019, at 3 pm. Please register by 31 September 2019 by sending an email to fotografie(at)mkg-hamburg.de . Moderators: Esther Ruelfs and Ruth Stamm, MKG Photography and New Media Collection. Click here to view the complete exhibition program.

Photo: Wolfgang Schulz, Michael, 1980, © Wolfgang Schulz

 

In the context of the exhibition, curators Reinhard Matz, Steffen Siegel, Bernd Stiegler, and Esther Ruelfs, as well as artists Dörte Eißfeldt and Verena von Gagern, will speak on the topics: “The Body in Photography,” “The Documentary Aspect in Photography,” and “Collectors, Pictures and Banana Crates.” In the fall, female photographers will be invited to present their works from the period 1977 to 1985 at a portfolio viewing on 20 October 2019, at 3 pm. Please register by 31 September 2019 by sending an email to fotografie(at)mkg-hamburg.de. Moderators: Esther Ruelfs and Ruth Stamm, MKG Photography and New Media Collection. Click here to view the complete exhibition program