The exhibition includes a historical review which highlights Surrealist photography around Man Ray, the photographs, photogrammes and collages of the Constructivists such as László Moholy-Nagy and A.M. Rodchenko, as well as August Sanders Man of the Twentieth Century.
These early standpoints are presented in the context of current works, which are grouped around the major advances in contemporary art photography. These include, for instance, the rediscovery of photography in the actionist and conceptual currents of the 1970s. By the end of the seventies a new development manifested - a move from the photographic representation of reality to a reflection on and reinvention of already existing photographic images. Over the last ten years the documentary approach has been rediscovered as an artistic stance in its own right.
James Coleman, Photograph, 1998/99
The fundamental aspiration to make reality visible in photographs, and to explore and analyse it, is now shared by artists who like Andreas Gursky process the photographic material on the computer.
List of Artists:
Robert Adams, Eugène Atget, John Baldessari, Thomas Bayrle, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Anna and Bernhard Johannes Blume, Mel Bochner, Joachim Brohm, James Coleman, Jan Dibbets, William Eggleston, Valie Export, Hans Peter Feldmann, Lee Friedlander, Albrecht Fuchs, Gilbert & George, Andreas Gursky, Jitka Hanzlova, Florence Henri, Candida Höfer, Douglas Huebler, Sanja Ivekovi, Benjamin Katz, André Kertész, Jürgen Klauke, Louise Lawler, Jochen Lempert, Barry Le Va, Manfred Leve, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, Gordon Matta-Clark, Boris Mikhailov, László Moholy-Nagy, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Gabriele and Helmut Nothhelfer, Dennis Oppenheim, Peter Piller, Man Ray, Alexander Rodchenko, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, August Sander, Gregor Schneider, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Cindy Sherman, Robert Smithson, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jeff Wall, Robert Watts, Stephen Wilks, Stephen Willats, Christopher Williams and David Wojnarowicz.
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