Doing the DocumentPhotographs from Diane Arbus to Piet ZwartThe Bartenbach Donation
August 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, August Sander, Tata Ronkholz, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Piet Zwart, and twelve other photographers all share a documentary and artistic approach, which will be presented and simultaneously questioned in Doing the Document. Where does the document end and the artistic gesture begin? This is a question that must be renegotiated in these post-factual times amid the increasing aestheticization of archival and documentary materials in contemporary art. The exhibition is the result of a donation of more than 200 works by German and American photographers from the Bartenbach family of Cologne, which recently expanded our collection considerably.