Präuscher's Panopticon

A Photo Book by Herbert List

Period of time
20.5.22 – 18.9.22
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An exhibition in the context of the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg

On the occasion of the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg, the MK&G is taking a new look at two work complexes by the Hamburg photographer Herbert List (1903–1975). The exhibition "Präuscher's Panopticon. A Photo Book by Herbert List" presents List’s book to the public for the first time ever. The second part of the exhibition is then devoted to Herbert List’s photographs of young men and sculptures, which have been rediscovered since the 2000s as bellwethers of the "queer gaze" – a visual language that challenges gender stereotypes and the associated power relations. The two themes are linked by the interest displayed by the openly gay photographer in pop culture, kitsch and in eliciting in the viewer a visceral reaction to his subjects. The exhibition features around 70 photographs by Herbert List from the 1930s and 1940s as well as magazine articles, individual wax figures and their models from art history as well as the original book layout for "Präuscher’s Panopticon".

The exhibition takes place in cooperation with Bonartes Vienna and includes works on loan from the Münchner Stadtmuseum and the Herbert List Estate, Hamburg.

In cooperation with the Herbert List Archive of the Münchner Stadtmuseum, the Bucerius Kunst Forum Hamburg will concurrently present the retrospective “Herbert List: The Magic Eye”, on view from 14 May to 11 September 2022.

Find more information on the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2022 here.


Exhibition catalogue

Ein Buchcover mit einer Wachsfigur.

Herbert List. Panoptikum

Parallel to the exhibition, the book "Herbert List. Panoptikum" will be published in a bibliophile edition (in German) based on the original layout from the 1940s, edited by Monika Faber, Andreas Nierhaus, Peer-Olaf Richter, with contributions by Sandra Mühlenberend, Arne Reimer, Esther Ruelfs, Peer-Olaf Richter, Werner Michael Schwarz, among others, 54 euros.

Available in our museum shop.


Grafikbanner der 8. Triennale der Photographie Hamburg 2022

The Triennale Ticket includes admission to all 12 exhibitions during the Opening Week (20 - 22 May 2022) and the Festival (2 - 6 June 2022), the benefits of the Hamburg Card such as the use of public transport and additional offers e.g. artist talks, guided tours and workshops.

Ticket sale and more information

The Invisible Hand

Eine grüne Grafik mit einer gezeichneten Hand.

Follow the Money

On the occasion of the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2022, IMAGINE THE CITY develops a free virtual companion that works with this year's festival theme "Currency" and links it to the thematic focuses of the participating exhibition venues. The entertaining digital channel uses the open-source technology of the communication platform Telegram to activate and connect the exhibitions: With the help of text and voice messages, live chats, short videos, artistic and found photography, and further references, The Invisible Hand follows the "currency" of images across the history of photography and ties its findings to everyday life in Hamburg.