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

Bernd and Hilla Becher: Förderturm, Fosse Nœux no. 13, Frankreich, 1972 © Estate Bernd & Hilla Becher, represented by Max Becher; courtesy Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur – Bernd and Hilla Becher Archive, Cologne

From 26 June to 26 September 2021, the Bucerius Kunst Forum will present a large-scale exhibition devoted to the handling of industrial themes in painting and photography – an absolute first. Never before has artists’ engagement with the emergence and progress of industry and the resulting changes in the landscape and working world been examined by way of a dialogue between the two media.

Modern Times. Industrial Themes in Painting and Photography brings together about 30 paintings and some 170 photographs. Based on powerful images spanning a trajectory from the early days of industrialisation to the present day, and from Romanticism to contemporary photography, the show highlights how the artistic treatment of industrial themes has developed and changed over the past 175 years. On display are works by artists including Adolph von Menzel, Léon-Auguste Mellé, Hugo van Werden, Albert Renger-Patzsch, August Sander, Conrad Felixmüller, Oskar Nerlinger, Franz Radziwill, Walker Evans, Otto Steinert, Evelyn Richter, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Robert Voit, Thomas Struth and Inge Rambow.

Modern Times
Industrial Themes in Painting and Photography

Exhibition Catalog

Editors Anton Corbijn and Franz Wilhelm Kaiser
Texts by Florian Ebner, Sabine Friese-Oertmann, Thilo Koenig, Kristina Lowis, Ulrich Pohlmann, Lukas Schepers and Ralf Stremmel
Description 250 pages, with images of works from the exhibition
Publishing company Hirmer Verlag, Munich
Price in the exhibition 29,90 euro

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In this interview, Kathrin Baumstark, curator of the exhibition, gives an overview of the show, which presents the artistic examination of 175 years of industrial history in the visual arts.


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