Doing the Document Photographs from Diane Arbus to Piet Zwart The 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. The work of these artists will be presented and, at the same time, questioned in the new show Doing the Document. One main question: where does the document end and the artistic gesture begin? Ours is a time of “fake news” and the question of real or imaginary – not only in journalism – has taking on a new meaning. And this, especially amid the increasing use and aestheticization of archival and documentary materials in contemporary art. The exhibition is the result of a generous donation of more than 200 works by German and American photographers from the Bartenbach family of Cologne.