Tobias Zielony, Selkirk-2, 2009-2011, MMK Collection © Tobias Zielony. Image description: The photograph shows two cheerful-looking women. The woman on the left of the picture has her left arm around the shoulder of the other woman, who is kissing the woman on the left on her cheek. The background of the picture is blurred, but it is recognizable that they are outside and dusk has already set in. Behind them is a colorful water tower and the street lights are on.
Tobias Zielony, Selkirk-2, 2009-2011, MMK Collection © Tobias Zielony. Image description: The photograph shows two cheerful-looking women. The woman on the left of the picture has her left arm around the shoulder of the other woman, who is kissing the woman on the left on her cheek. The background of the picture is blurred, but it is recognizable that they are outside and dusk has already set in. Behind them is a colorful water tower and the street lights are on.

IMAGE PROFILE

Aspects of the Documentary in MMK's Photography Collection

Whether on a smartphone, in the newspaper or on a computer – every day we experience our world through a flood of photographs. Many of the artists represented in the MMK Collection have explored media images and reinterpreted them in their works. They reflect on political topics that have been disseminated through images in the press, deconstruct the authenticity of press photographs, or create images for topics that previously defied illustration.

In the exhibition “Image Profile”, the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst will examine how the media shapes our ability to perceive images. The presentation of works from the collection at the MMK 2 will feature a spectrum of contemporary modes of expression ranging from sociopolitical photojournalism to forms of subjective, conceptual or staged photography.

Given its technical implications, pictorial capabilities and documentary character, photography has always been one of the most significant mediums in modern times. The art of the present would be inconceivable without photography. Photographic works today make up around half of the MMK’s extensive holdings of over 5,000 works.

Thematically, the selection made for this show focuses primarily on the social crises of our time, from current war zones in the work of Anja Niedringhaus, or Larry Clark’s intimate portrayal of his own generation against the background of the Vietnam war in his Tulsa series, to the question of the infinite scope that exists for manipulating reality by technical means underlying Thomas Demand’s installation Klause I–V.

The images on display will include major works by Kader Attia, Christian Boltanski, David Claerbout, Larry Clark, Thomas Demand, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ryuji Miyamoto, Santu Mofokeng, Anja Niedringhaus, Inge Rambow, Dayanita Singh and Abisag Tüllmann – all artists represented by sizeable workgroups in the MMK collection.

Exhibition

23 März — 29 Juli 2018

TOWERMMK

TaunusTurm, Taunustor 1
60310 Frankfurt am Main


  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 19:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

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Artists

  • Kader Attia
  • Christian Boltanski
  • David Claerbout
  • Larry Clark
  • Thomas Demand
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann
  • Ryuji Miyamoto
  • Anja Niedringhaus
  • Dayanita Singh
  • Abisag Tüllmann
  • Santu Mofokeng
  • Inge Rambow

Exhibition Views

Thomas Demand Klause I-V, 2006 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, photo: Axel Schneider
Fischli/Weiss, Siedlungen, Agglomerationen, 1992 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, photo: Axel Schneider
Douglas Gordon August, 12, 1999, 2011 © Studio lost but found / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020; Larry Clark, from the series "Tulsa", 1963-1971 © Larry Clark, photo: Axel Schneider
Installationsansicht TOWER MMK, photo: Axel Schneider
Larry Clark, from the series "Tulsa", 1963-1971 © Larry Clark; Nobuyoshi Araki, publications; Wolfgang Tillmans, Frankfurt Installation, 2010 (Detail) © Wolfgang Tillmans, Foto: Axel Schneider
Nobuyoshi Araki, selection of his publications
Wolfgang Tillmans, Frankfurt Installation, 2010 (Detail) © Wolfgang Tillmans, photo: Axel Schneider
Hans-Peter Feldmann, Die Toten 1967-1993, 1996-1998 © Hans-Peter Feldmann, photo: Axel Schneider
Abisag Tüllmann, Stuttgart, Beerdigung von Gudrun Ensslin, Andreas Baader und Jan Carl Raspe, Oktober 1977, 1977 © bpk/Abisag Tüllmann
Jeff Wall, Burrow, 2004 © Jeff Wall, photo: Axel Schneider
Beat Streuli, Sydney/Melbourne, 1997/1998 © Beat Streuli; Beat Streuli, Sydney/Melbourne, 1997/1998 © Beat Streuli
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