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SCôP : Survey of German Photography

[Press Release]
MADE IN GERMANY presents an overview of German photography that includes numerous iconic masterpieces from the 1850s to the present. Germany is a nation closely associated with the historic development of photography, in particular in the field of technological advances.

But Germany was never merely an industrial powerhouse or a place for engineering precision alone. It has been the home of numerous photographers, who each made a great contribution to the evolution of the photographic medium, and from almost its earliest inception. Following this timeline of the mid-19th century through to the present, MADE IN GERMANY includes works by early masters Leopold Ahrendts and, a particular favourite, Heinrich Kühn, but also greats like Helmut Newton and the Bechers, Bernd and Hilla. There are, of course, somany more, not least the stars of the Bauhaus era.

The 120 works in the exhibition are grouped together as a series of important moments for photography in Germany through the course of these 160 years. These moments give specific focus to shifts in technique, styles and content, and to the photographers whose innovative visions produced those shifts. Chronologically, the moments begin in the 1850s. Next comes the1920s and 1930s, which covers the Bauhaus and the innovations of the avant-garde. Following WWII, we see how photographers uncovered new areas of subjectivity.This transitioned into a documentary turn in the 1970s and 1980s, with contrasts between the visions of photographers in West and East Germany in the years before the reunification took place following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The final section moves forward into the contemporary period.

The works for MADE IN GERMANY were selected for us by Berlin-based curator Petra Helck. We offer sincere gratitude to her and to the gallery Kicken Berlin; to Hua’er at see+ Gallery, Beijing and to Carolin Förster for her contribution to the exhibition text. Thanks also go to our trustee Arthur Wang Minxiang for his assistance with the exhibition; and to Matthew Liu for his generous loan of Candida Höfer’s work.

We’d also like to make a special mention for Bottega Veneta, our official corporate sponsor for 2017, who enabled this exhibition to happen.

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