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Karlheinz Weinberger

Intimate Stranger

GEGENWART / 21.01.–15.04.2012 / Curator: Nikola Dietrich

The exhibition presents a body of work that is rarely on public display: the photographs of Karlheinz Weinberger (1921-2006). Shown together with magazines and a selection of vintage fashion, these pictures document a bygone youth culture in Zurich. The movement emerged after World War II, driven by the desire to undermine prevailing notions of "Swiss propriety." For most of his life, Weinberger worked in a warehouse at Siemens-Albis, Zurich. A self-taught photographer, he dedicated his free time to this art, portraying his lovers and other people he met in the street. Starting in the late 1940s, he frequently published his pictures in Der Kreis, a homosexual magazine that garnered international attention, signing his work with the pseudonym "Jim." In 1958, he launched a major project, for which he would follow a gang of "Halbstarke" (half strong) for an extended period of time.

exhibition concept: Gianni Jetzer, Swiss Institute New York