1938. BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH GUESTS


10. March 2018 – 03. June 2018
Sprengel Museum HannoverSprengel Museum Hannover
JOSEF KOUDELKA ∙ BORIS MIKHAILOV ∙ DAIDO MORIYAMA ∙ HELGA PARIS ∙ JOHAN VAN DER KEUKEN ∙ HEINRICH RIEBESEHL
Delia Jürgens ∙ Jasmin Krausch & Florian Merkel ∙ Hana Miletić ∙ Andrzej Steinbach ∙ Arne Schmitt ∙ Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries


Six photographers who had a crucial impact on the medium’s recent history were born in 1938. The Sprengel Museum Hannover has already dedicated several exhibitions to three of them, Heinrich Riebesehl, Helga Paris and Boris Mikhailov: The archive of Heinrich Riebesehl (died 2010) is on permanent loan in the museum from the State of Lower Saxony and numerous groups of works by Mikhailov and Paris are the collection as donations, foundational gifts and permanent loans.
 
The Sprengel Museum Hannover likewise feels itself obligated to the oeuvres of Josef Koudelka, Daido Moriyama and Johan van der Keuken (died 2001) and the influence they had on the history of photography. These six photographers are furthermore united by their respective interest in the social perception of often-marginalised everyday realities. The empathic moment in their pictorial worlds that each of them express in their poetic manner, their special visual power, gives rise to the question whether these six also share a kind of common generational experience that extends beyond political borders. One must moreover examine how the history of the past 60 years articulated itself in the works of these birthday celebrants.
 
This is the background for the birthday party being organised for them by the Sprengel Museum Hannover in the form of an exhibition. Each of the ‘birthday children’ will be presented in one of a series of six successive spaces. And because every birthday party has guests, six younger artists have been invited to react to the generational experience of their elders from their own perspective by means of an intervention.
 
In addition, the year 1938 was a decisive one in the history of National Socialism with the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany, the Munich Agreement, the November Pogroms and the Évian Conference (dealing with the acceptance of refugees by the international community). The exhibition will hence be accompanied by a presentation of works from the collection that were created in the year of the celebrant’s birth (+/- 1 year), for example by Max Beckmann, Ella Bergmann-Michel, Max Ernst, Gisèle Freund, Paul Klee and Kurt Schwitters.
 
“Heinrich Riebesehl, Menschen im Fahrstuhl” (People in the Elevator) will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.
 
With the generous support of the Stiftung Niedersachsen.
Stiftung Niedersachsen

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