Exhibitions at Kunstfoyer
The exhibition surveys two decades of work by acclaimed photographer Alec Soth (born 1969). It brings together five of his major works – Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), Niagara (2006), Broken Manual (2010), Songbook (2014) and the most recent, A Pound of Pictures (2022).
Soth is a fine artist, a Magnum photojournalist, a blogger, a self-publisher, an Instagrammer, an educator. He explores the many different forms photography takes in the world, and works to create different types of e… more
Wo die Welt schmilzt
"A letter to the future: Okjökull is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. It is anticipated that, in the next 200 years, all our glaciers will go the same way. This memorial intends to demonstrate that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know whether we have done it".
In 2019, Okjökull was divested of its glacier status, its ice mass is too meager — a visible consequence of climate change. Now, Iceland remem- bers … more
Bill Brandt is considered one of the founders of modern photography, alongside Walker Evans and Cartier-Bresson. Exploring English society, landscape and literature, his images are vital to our understanding of the history of photography and even the British way of life in the mid-20th century. Bill Brandt (born Hermann Wilhelm Brandt on May 3, 1904, in Hamburg, † December 20, 1983, in London) was a British photographer of German origin. Hermann Wilhelm Brandt, already called Bill as a ch… more
The American Magnum photographer Matt Black (*1970) has frequently documented the connection between migration, poverty, agriculture and the environment in his native California and southern Mexico.
For his "AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY" project, he travelled over 100,000 miles through 46 states, including California, Oregon, Louisiana, Tennessee and New York. On these road trips, Black visited communities with a poverty rate above 20 percent, which could be linked together, like on a map. Sev… more
Sebastião Salgado. "EXODUS" is an exhibition that highlights how Salgado urgently campaigned for social justice and peace, and long before he gained wide public acclaim with his project "GENESIS" or the documentary, "The Salt of the Earth" (2014) by Wim Wenders.
In the photographic series "EXODUS", Salgado documents the dark side of the modern age: the ruthless exploitation of nature and the fate of millions of people on the run who are struggling … more
Toni Schneiders is one of Germany’s defining photographers. Within the context of the group fotoform and the subjective photography movement, he significantly contributed to the renewal and expansion of the post-1945 avant-garde photographers’ visual language. In his immediate surroundings in the foothills of the Alps and on worldwide trips, Toni Schneiders captured striking moments of reality and life in photographs, the protagonist of which could be a person, an object or a land… more
This retrospective celebrates the spectacular night photography and early colour images of the American photographer O. Winston Link. In the 1950s he captured the action and atmosphere of America's last steam locomotives from the Norfolk & Western Railway. The exhibition includes 120 exquisite photographs, sound recordings, sketches and making-ofs and will be yet another highlight for all photography and railway admirers!
A drive-in movie theater, a ghost town, three young ladies in ba… more
Saul Leiter (1923–2013) has only in recent years finally received his due as one of the great pioneers of color photography. This can perhaps be attributed to the fact that Leiter saw himself for a long time mainly as a painter. After coming to New York in 1946, he exhibited alongside Abstract Expressionists like Willem de Kooning before beginning in the late 1940s to
take black and white photographs. Like Robert Frank or Helen Levitt, he found his motifs on the streets of New York, but at… more
This landmark exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the renowned photo agency Magnum Photos created by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and Chim (David Seymour) in 1947. Tracing the ideas and ideals behind the founding and development of the legendary cooperative, curator Clément Chéroux explores the history of the second half of the 20th century through the lens of 75 masters, providing a new and insightful perspective on the contribution of these photogr… more
Works from the F. C. Gundlach Collection
Das Programm des Kunstfoyers startet 2018 mit einer Ausstellung hochästhetischer Fotografien von drei Großmeistern des Metiers: Richard Avedon, George Hoyningen-Huene und Irving Penn – jeder einzelne dieser Fotografen stellt für sich bereits ein unschlagbares Highlight der amerikanischen Fotografiegeschichte dar. Die subtile Handhabung der Linie eint als signifikantes Merkmal die Arbeiten dieser drei Ikonen, ist dabei aber in Abhängigkeit von der jeweiligen Stilisti… more
A Photographic Journey
Martin Parr (*1952) is one of the most influential documentary photographers of our time. In his works, the British photographer explores the social reality: illuminating phenomena such as consumption, tourism or national identity from an entertaining perspective, in so much that the banal, extreme and sometimes unfathomable become apparent in the everyday. The esteemed, award-winning artist is a member of the renowned Magnum photographic agency, which is no stranger to Kunstfoyer VKB, Munich, o… more
World through a Creative Camera. The Life’s Work of a Photographer.
"Gestaltete Welt" ist seit 20 Jahren die erste Museumsschau zu Peter Keetman. Sie entstand in enger Kooperation zwischen der Stiftung F.C. Gundlach und dem Museum Folkwang. Die Ausstellung basiert auf der wissenschaftlichen Aufarbeitung der Nachlässe, die sich in beiden Institutionen befinden. Anlässlich des 100. Geburtstags von Peter Keetman (1916 geboren in
Wuppertal-Elberfeld – 2005 gestorben in Marquartstein) bietet die umfangreiche Retrospektive die Möglic… more
Selected Works 1942 - 1978
A camera doesn’t simply take pictures. It’s a powerful tool against oppression, racism, violence and inequality – it can be enormously effective! And Gordon Parks referred to the camera as his weapon of choice and used the photographic medium his entire life in an intelligent and educational way to both expose the underbelly of the American way of life and to mediate between groups in a deeply divided society. As an important chronicler of the fight for equal rights for African… more
25 Jahre Ostkreuz. Agentur der Fotografen.
Ab Oktober präsentiert das Kunstfoyer die Erfolgsgeschichte der Fotografenagentur Ostkreuz, die sich 1990 nach dem Vorbild der legendären Agentur Magnum Photos in Paris gegründet hat und heute als renommiertestes Fotografenkollektiv Deutschlands gilt. Die Ausstellung zeigt die besten Arbeiten aus 25 Jahren Ostkreuz sowie die DDR-Fotografien der Agenturgründer.
Die Ausstellung "25 Jahre Ostkreuz" wurde vom Goethe-Institut Paris initiiert und kommt nach ihrer Premier… more
Hommage zum 100. Geburtstag
Swiss Magnum photographer Werner Bischof worked as a photojournalist for the high-circulation magazines "Life" and "Picture Post." Prior to his untimely death in 1954 he created a multifaceted oeuvre within the span of but a few years. April 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of his birth, and the exhibition at the Kunstfoyer is an homage to his life’s work. Around 220 vintage prints and documents from the Werner Bischof Estate provide a comprehensive overview of his stu… more
AUGEN AUF! 100 Jahre Leica Fotografie
This camera changed the way we view the world. Forever. The falling soldier by Robert Capa, the puddle jumper by Henri Cartier-Bresson, the Times Square kiss by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Vietnamese children fleeing from a Napalm attack by Nick Út, the Soviet flag being raised above the Berlin Reichstag by Yevgeny Khaldei – all these famous photographs are Leica images, and they have etched themselves deeply into our collective memory. It was the Leica’s compactness and innovativ… more
Archaic volcanic landscapes, arctic ice masses, meandering river canyons, mountain chains enveloped in mist, primordial rainforests and endless sand dunes – Genesis is a visual homage to the blue planet. In opulent black-and-white photographs, the photographer Sebastião Salgado documents the stunning beauty and rich diversity of intact flora and fauna, as well as indigene peoples. His aesthetically impressive, large format photographic series is the result of an expediti… more
Fotografien 1953 / Dokumentarfilme 1950-73 /