Modern Times
Industrial Themes in Painting and Photography
26.6. — 26.9.2021

Bernd und Hilla Becher: Förderturm, Fosse Noeux no. 13, Frankreich (Detail), 1972, Münchner Stadtmuseum © Estate Bernd & Hilla Becher, vertreten durch Max Becher

The exhibition examines artists’ changing depictions of industry over a span of 175 years. Featuring 40 paintings and 150 photographs, this is the first show to treat this subject by way of a wide-ranging dialogue between the two mediums. It traces the topic from idyllic factory scenes in the 1850s to the increasingly critical tendencies starting circa 1900 and the Subjective Photography of the post-war period, all the way to the photo reportages of the 1960s and 70s. Finally, the exhibition will take a look at how contemporary photographers are confronting the changes in our planet's ecosystem caused by the industrial exploitation of resources.

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