Jewish Artists: Ruth and Peter Herzog

Ruth and Peter Herzog: narrative and history of photography

Ruth and Peter Herzog, “The Incredible World of Photography Collection Ruth and Peter Herzog”, Kunstmuseum Basel | Neubau, Basel, 18 July to 4 October 2020/

The 400 pieces in this historical exhibition bring together amateur, commercial and scientific photography from the 19th century and advertising photography from the 20th century. This important group of works allows visitors to discover Swiss and international photographers who have never been exhibited before.

The exhibition also shows the material diversity of photographic objects: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, ferrotypes, salted paper prints, albumen paper prints, autochromes and gelatino-silver bromide prints. It also marks the beginning of a lasting cooperation between the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, Basel, to which the Ruth and Peter Herzog photographic collection has belonged since 2015.

An innovative exhibition architecture opens up the spectrum of photography, its history and materiality. It is characterized by reflections on the perception and presentation of these often small-format objects. Each of them offers an immersion in a mass of motifs and themes.

At certain points along the route, the exhibition brings together historical photographs with major works from the Kunstmuseum Basel and loans including paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Robert Delaunay, works on paper by Andy Warhol and Martin Schongauer, as well as photographs by Thomas Demand and Bernd and Hilla Becher. This contribution sheds light on the complex relationship between photography and art and their reciprocal influence.

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