Jock Sturges, Christina, Misty Dawn and Alisa; Northern California, 1989, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.
Larry Clark Tulsa, 1983, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.
Museum für Moderne Kunst
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The Lucid Evidence.
Work from the Photography Collection of the MMK
September 25, 2010-April 25, 2011
The MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt/Main owns one of the largest collections of international contemporary photography — it features over 2,600 photographic works. The exhibition The Lucid Evidence. Work from the Photography Collection of the MMK offers visitors a glimpse into this major photographic repertoire. Ever since the MMK was founded in 1991, it has treated the medium of photography as being fully on an equal footing with other fields, such as drawing, painting, sculpture and film, and a collection built up based on this principle. From the very beginning, entire groups of works, for example by Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Günther Förg, Ryuji Miyamoto, Thomas Ruff, Beat Streuli and Jeff Wall, have helped shape the multi-faceted nature of the MMK Collection. All works to be acquired were developed in close collaboration with the artists and for the most part specially conceived for the exhibition spaces at the MMK.
With a selection of around 700 photographs, the exhibition offers a representative cross-section of the MMK Collection, albeit with a focus on figurative works from the late 1950s to the present day. It features both scenes intricately choreographed by the photographer, such as the works of Jeff Wall or Beat Streuli and photojournalism referencing conflict and disaster zones.
A huge wall covered with large photos of women and nude works by the Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki greets visitors in the MMK’s large foyer. These works, from the series Tokyo Comedy, are accompanied by some of his photo books. This is a selection from Araki’s published work, which the artist donated to the MMK in its entirety.
The photojournalism section, with numerous works by Barbara Klemm, Anja Niedringhaus and Abisag Tüllmann, is among the highlights of the exhibition. The total of some 60 photographs by Klemm alone covers a full five decades of her creative work, which impressively tells stories of people’s lives.
Artists including Dino Pedriali, Bettina Rheims, Jock Sturges and Larry Clark also make important statements. Clark’s complete early works are included in the Museum’s collection in the form of the series Tulsa and Teenage Lust.
The series Evidence by Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel can be considered trailblazing for the more recent history of photography. The MMK’s latest acquisitions, including an extensive group of works by Taryn Simon and Tobias Zielony, are also featured in the exhibition.
In terms of the technique used to produce them, the works range from vintage prints on Baryta paper through monumental Cibachrome prints to the series of original posters by Oliviero Toscani from his now legendary Benetton advertising campaign.
The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue The Lucid Evidence. The Photography Collection of the MMK about the MMK photography collection from the late 1950s to the present day.
Thomas Ruff, Porträt, (Petra Lappat), 1987, © VG Bildkunst, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.