The Incredible World of Photography

RUTH AND PETER HERZOG COLLECTION

Neubau / 18.07.–04.10.2020 / Curators: Olga Osadtschy, Paul Mellenthin





PLEASE NOTE:
There is no general obligation to wear a mask at the Kunstmuseum Basel. However, we do recommend wearing a face mask when visiting the special exhibition The Incredible World of Photography.


It all started in the 1970s with a serendipitous flea market find: over the past decades, Ruth and Peter Herzog have built one of the most important photography collections, which now encompasses no fewer than five hundred thousand artifacts. Ranging from the early days of the medium, which was invented in 1839, to the 1970s, the collection’s holdings span the complete history of analog photography, reflecting its manifold developments and physical materials, its plates, emulsions, chemical agents, papers, and devices. For the nineteenth century, in particular, the Herzogs’ research led them to important discoveries that have greatly enhanced our understanding of the eventful history of photography.

No visual medium is better at telling stories and relating history than photography. The innumerable masterworks by anonymous photographers in the Herzogs’ collection throw light on an overwhelming abundance of motifs and themes from around the globe. In addition to pieces by well-known pioneers of the medium such as Adolphe Disdéri, Gustave Le Gray, Eugène Atget, Fred Boissonnas, Charles Nègre, and Felice Beato as well as other prominent practitioners—Paul Martial, Hans Hinz—the collection is a treasure trove of shots by previously obscure amateur photographers. What Ruth and Peter Herzog have gathered is nothing less than a photographic encyclopedia of life in the industrial age.

The first comprehensive presentation in Switzerland showcases four hundred objects to illustrate the unconventional organization of this eminent collection and the novel perspective on the history of photography it articulates. The exhibition spotlights key themes of the collection and addresses questions around the photography collectors’ work and the relation between archive and museum. Not least importantly, it probes the interplay between photography and art well beyond the accepted canon of fine-art photography. The selection demonstrates that the medium of analog photography is alive and as relevant as ever and offers fascinating insights into our contemporary use of digital images.

The exhibition is being created in cooperation with the Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel.

In July and August 2020, the special exhibition "The Incredible World of Photography" can be visited for free every Wednesday evening from 5pm to 8pm.







The exhibition is supported by:

  • Credit Suisse (Switzerland) AG
  • Memoriav (Restoration of the exhibition objects)
  • Christoph Merian Stiftung
  • iart AG
  • Foundation for the Kunstmuseum Basel

This Digitorial® is part of the www.digitorials.ch project, which was developed with the support of Engagement Migros and in cooperation with the agency maze pictures swiss to respond to the challenges of digital change.

Events for this exhibition

Wed12Aug

Neubau
17:00–20:00

The Incredible World of Photography – kostenloser Eintritt

Anstelle einer öffentlichen Vernissage laden wir Sie herzlich zu einem Besuch der Sonderausstellung ein. Tauchen Sie ein in die faszinierende Welt der Fotografie – kostenlos jeden Mittwoch im Juli und August.

Sat15Aug

Neubau
14:00–15:00

Führung in der Ausstellung

The incredible World of Photography. Sammlung Ruth und Peter Herzog. Status der Fotografie. Fragen zu Abbild und Autorschaft. Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

 

Neubau
16:00–17:30

Catch me if you can.

Ein Fotowalk im Basler Stadtraum. Mit der Fotografin Nadja Schmid. Kosten: CHF 5

Sun16Aug

Neubau
10:30–12:00

Familienführung und Workshop zur Ausstellung The incredible World of Photography

Eine performative Führung durch Teile der Ausstellung. Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

Wed19Aug

Neubau
17:00–20:00

The Incredible World of Photography – kostenloser Eintritt

Anstelle einer öffentlichen Vernissage laden wir Sie herzlich zu einem Besuch der Sonderausstellung ein. Tauchen Sie ein in die faszinierende Welt der Fotografie – kostenlos jeden Mittwoch im Juli und August.

Sat22Aug

Neubau
14:00–15:00

Führung in der Ausstellung

The incredible World of Photography. Sammlung Ruth und Peter Herzog. Bilderzählungen. Von den Anfängen der Fotografie bis ins digitale Zeitalter. Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

Sun23Aug

Neubau
14:00–15:00

Visite guidée en Français

"The incredible World of Photography." Prix d'Entrée + CHF 5

Wed26Aug

Neubau
17:00–20:00

The Incredible World of Photography – kostenloser Eintritt

Anstelle einer öffentlichen Vernissage laden wir Sie herzlich zu einem Besuch der Sonderausstellung ein. Tauchen Sie ein in die faszinierende Welt der Fotografie – kostenlos jeden Mittwoch im Juli und August.

Sat29Aug

Neubau
14:00–15:00

Führung in der Ausstellung

The incredible World of Photography. Sammlung Ruth und Peter Herzog. Fixierte Zeit. Fotografie und Mode Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

Wed2Sep

Neubau
18:30–19:30

Kuratorinnenführung

In der Ausstellung The Incredible World of Photography. Mit der Kuratorin Olga Osadtschy. Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5