New Perspectives. Modern Photography from the Ann und Juergen Wilde Foundation. The exhibition focuses on avant-garde photography that forms a major focal point of the Wilde collection. Each of the nine protagonists, including Aenne Biermann, Karl Blossfeldt, Florence Henri, Germaine Krull, Albert Renger-Patzsch and August Sander, who all made a mark with their own styles, are introduced with a work complex that is characteristic of their oeuvre.
The photography of the 1920s and 1930s has lost none of its captivating qualities today thanks to the visual power of its pictorial solutions. Unusual details, dynamic perspectives, the bold contrast of black and white, impressive close-ups and exceptional magnifications are masterly testimonials to a new perception of reality and its translation into image form.
The exhibition »New Perspectives« is a prelude to a future collaboration between the Ann and Jürgen Wilde Foundation and the Pinakothek der Moderne. Its emphasis lies on avant-garde photography that forms a major focal point of the collection. Each of the nine protagonists, including Aenne Biermann, Karl Blossfeldt, Florence Henri, Germaine Krull, Albert Renger-Patzsch and August Sander, who all made a mark with their own styles, are introduced with a work complex that is characteristic of their œuvre. These original prints of exceptional quality open up a broad spectrum of innovative object photography that ranges from the experimental to seemingly surrealistic compositions and typological studies, the likes of which have rarely been seen up until now in Munich.
Since the opening of the Pinakothek der Moderne in 2002, photography has been one of the focal areas of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen’s collecting activities, and has become firmly rooted in the Sammlung Moderne Kunst through the regular display of works from the collection as well as special exhibitions. The department of photography and new media – which until that time had been limited to contemporary photography – has now been expanded in a unique manner to include a high-quality and extensive collection of works of modernist photography. The internationally renowned collection amassed by Ann and Jürgen Wilde was transferred to the Munich-based foundation of the same name in 2010 which, in future, will be working closely together with the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen and the Pinakothek der Moderne in particular.
Ann and Jürgen Wilde began collecting photographs at the end of the 1960s. Today, their collection on the photography of the early 20th century is one of the most important. Over a period of forty years, the benefactors assembled around six thousand original prints and ten thousand negatives, extensive archives on the history of 20th-century photography and a specialist collection of books comprising several thousand volumes. The archives on the two artists Karl Blossfeldt and Albert Renger-Patzsch, started in the 1970s and unparalleled with regard to their scope and quality, also form part of the holdings of the Ann and Jürgen Wilde Foundation.
With this first exhibition »New Perspectives«, a selection from the Foundation’s rich treasures is being shown to the public in Munich for the very first time.
Image: Aenne Biermann | Dame mit Monokel (Lady with monocle), ca. 1928, Silver gelatin print, 17 × 12,6 cm image size, Ann and Jürgen Wilde Foundation
Opening friday 25 march h.19
Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Strasse 40 - Munich