Munich ;Pinakothek der Moderne:”People in a River Landscape” August Sander and the Photography of the Present from the Lothar Schirmer Collection

by Venetia Kapernekas


An amazing evening.. Schirmer Mosel publications  celebrated its 40th anniversary with an opening of Lothar Schirmer photographic Collection with about 40 works from August Sander’s epochal cycle “People of the 20th century”


The celebration continued with a reception at the Vorhoelzer Forum  of the Technical University with fine food and a surprising  performing appearance of legendary Hannah Schygulla. Amazing evening. Congratulations Schirmer Moser Publications and Lothar Schirmer for the great exhibition at Pinakothek.


Sander’s photographic typology of German society did not only fascinate artists, writers and philosophers of that period but, at the same time, formed an important point of reference for the artistic concept contemporary photographers had of themselves. This is also reflected in the Munich publisher Lothar Schirmer’s photographic collection, the starting point of which was a group of some 80 works by Sander comprising not only portraits, but also landscapes and urban pictures, acquired in the early 1970s. Sander’s photographs from this collection will be exhibited for the first time in their entirety and be displayed in dialogue with works by contemporary artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth and Jeff Wall. The selection will be extended by a rare group of extraordinary photographs taken in Berlin by Heinrich Zille in the late 19th /early 20th century and enlarged by Thomas Struth almost 100 years later. (press;Pinakothek der moderne)

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On the occasion of the exhibition, an illustrated catalogue is  published.