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Photography

Only since the end of the 1970s have German art museums been collecting a “new” (invented already in 1839) artistic medium: photography. This also applies to the Kunstmuseum Bonn, which owes its rather small, but very fine collection to the work of major German artists of this time: in addition to Katharina Sieverding, also Jürgen Klauke, Anna & Bernhard Johannes Blume, Imi Knoebel, Monika Baumgartl as well as Rudolf Bonvie are represented here with sizable groups of work.

The real “boom” in photography, i.e. a truly broad public interest in photography, only began in the 1990s, however – a time when the Kunstmuseum Bonn also took up an active exhibition activity in this field again, which was also reflected in the collection and its public presentation. Due to the sensitivity to light, photographs may only be shown for shorter periods of time, and therefore, the visitor who comes repeatedly will be able to enjoy exceptional pictures by Andreas Gursky, Jörg Sasse, Thomas Florschütz, Katharina Mayer, Thomas Struth, Michael Wesely, Boris Becker, Christopher Muller, and Wolfgang Tillmans, discovering them over and over again.

 

Wolfgang Tillmans, Lighter, 2009 (Installationsfoto aus dem Sammlungsraum) © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
Andreas Gursky, Chicago Board of Trade II, 1999 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
Tamara Grcic, Haare/NYC (Detail), 1997/2006
Katharina Sieverding, Motorkamera, 1973/74 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010