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The Walther Collection Project Space
526 West 26th Street, Suite 718
New York, NY 10001
United States

The Project Space is closed from November 23–24 for Thanksgiving. The last day of "East of Que Village: The Ends of Nature" is on Saturday, November 25.

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The Walther Collection
Reichenauerstrasse 21
Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen
Germany

Our exhibition premises in Neu-Ulm are closed from November 13, 2

017 to May 13, 2018 due to renovations. On May 13, 2018 we will open the exhibition Life and Dreams: Photography & Media Art in China since the 1990s with an open house day from 11am to 5pm.

​For information, tour guide bookings or questions, please contact [email protected] or +49 731 176 91 43.

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The Walther Collection opened in June 2010 in Neu-Ulm / Burlafingen, Germany. The Foundation’s New York City outpost, The Walther Collection Project Space, opened in April 2011. The Collection incorporates works across regions, periods, and artistic sensibilities, giving particular focus to artists and photographers working in Asia and Africa.

Merry Christmas!The Walther Collection wishes you a peaceful holiday season!Frohe Weihnachten!The Walther Collection wün...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas!

The Walther Collection wishes you a peaceful holiday season!

Frohe Weihnachten!

The Walther Collection wünscht Ihnen besinnliche Weihnachtstage!

Image: Malick Sidibé, “Nuit de Noël (Christmas Eve, Happy Club),” 1963.

© Malick Sidibé. Courtesy MAGNIN-A, Paris.

Last Sunday, we were pleased to welcome Tamar Garb and a diverse group of scholars and visitors from London and Frankfur...
11/14/2023

Last Sunday, we were pleased to welcome Tamar Garb and a diverse group of scholars and visitors from London and Frankfurt for the finissage of “Beyond the Binary: Santu Mofokeng and David Goldblatt” at our Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm. We extend our deepest gratitude to Tamar, who curated the exhibition of these two important artists and for giving a final guided tour of this incredible exhibition. Thank you to all the visitors – from local to abroad – who came to visit our exhibition in Neu-Ulm. We look forwarded to welcoming you to our next exhibition at our Museum Campus.

Image (L to R): Theresa Dettinger, curator based in Frankfurt; Professors Mechthild Fend (University of Frankfurt), Tamar Garb, Briony Fer, Mignon Nixon, History of Art Department at University College of London; and Rasaad Jamie, writer and journalist.

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It was a great to see Jo Ractliffe at this year’s Paris Photo! Since 2005, when Okwui Enwezor and Artur Walther first vi...
11/12/2023

It was a great to see Jo Ractliffe at this year’s Paris Photo!

Since 2005, when Okwui Enwezor and Artur Walther first visited Jo Ractliffe in Johannesburg, the Collection has exhibited several of her major bodies of work, including “Diana Archive,” “The Borderlands,” and “Johannesburg Inner City Works,” across various exhibitions, most recently in our major exhibitions “Shifting Dialogues” at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21 in Düsseldorf in 2021, and “Trace—Formations of Likeness” at Haus der Kunst in Munich earlier this year. Jo’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. inaugurated our Project Space in New York in 2011 and featured a portfolio of 60 platinum prints from “As Terras do Fim do Mundo” (The Lands of the End of the World), a series of haunting images that reflected past tragedies in the sweeping landscapes of present-day Angola.

In 2020, the Collection co-published with Steidl “Photographs: 1980s to now,” the first book to present a comprehensive selection of Jo’s work over the past 35 years, bringing together major photo-essays, as well as early works that have not been seen before. In his essay “Exodus of the Dogs,” Okwui Enwezor writes “In Ractliffe’s work, to see — particularly in the treacherous case of South Africa, where despite appearances of black-and-white moral clarity, things are far murkier than often revealed — is to see beyond what the image reveals itself to be.”

We are deeply proud of our long-standing association with Jo Ractliffe and look forward to continuing to work with this important artist.

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming the team from the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation to our Museum Campus in N...
10/31/2023

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming the team from the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation to our Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm: Anne-Marie Beckmann, Managing Director and Curator of Art Collection Deutsche Börse; Alexandra König, Communication and Education; Isabelle Hammer, Communication and Media, and Volker Hille, Collection Presentation. We toured our current exhibition "Beyond the Binary: Santu Mofokeng and David Goldblatt," and shared and discussed our exhibition and publication programs.

In 1999, the Deutsche Börse Group started to collect and promote contemporary photography and has since built an internationally renowned art collection and active exhibition and educational exchange programs. Since 2005, The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize has been described as "the most prestigious" of its kind in Europe and is awarded annually to a living artist who has made the most significant contribution to the photographic medium during the past year.

This year's prize was awarded to Samuel Fosso, whose works have been included in numerous of our exhibitions and publications, most notably the retrospective exhibition "Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces” at our Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm in 2022, presented in collaboration with .paris , which later toured to in Amsterdam. We co-published with Steidl the two major monographic publications — “SIXSIXSIX” and “Autoportrait”, the first comprehensive survey dedicated to the work of Samuel Fosso.

Reminiscing about our two previous Yoga and Brunch gatherings with  and  ! Last month, we hosted groups of yoga and art ...
10/27/2023

Reminiscing about our two previous Yoga and Brunch gatherings with and ! Last month, we hosted groups of yoga and art enthusiasts at the Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm with a yoga session in the garden, followed by a beautifully crafted brunch using garden-fresh ingredients and freshly pressed apple juice, tea, and coffee. To complement the meal, the well-known baker Markus Hummel prepared an assortment of desserts using ingredients sourced from the garden. We concluded the day with a tour of our exhibition “Beyond the Binary: Santu Mofokeng and David Goldblatt,” and enjoyed some apple picking in the garden.

We extend our sincere gratitude to all who joined us on those memorable autumn days. We look forward to hosting more community-building events in the future.

To mark the closing of the exhibition “Beyond the Binary: Santu Mofokeng and David Goldblatt,” we will be hosting a fini...
10/22/2023

To mark the closing of the exhibition “Beyond the Binary: Santu Mofokeng and David Goldblatt,” we will be hosting a finissage event at our Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm, Germany on November 12, 2023. The museum will be open to the public from 11 AM to 5 PM. Tamar Garb, curator of the exhibition, will give a guided tour, followed by Q&A from 12 PM.

With more than one hundred photographs from The Walther Collection’s extensive holdings of works by Santu Mofokeng and David Goldblatt, this dialogic exhibition—curated by art historian Tamar Garb—is a curatorial experiment that seeks to scramble and destabilize such binaries, blurring their boundaries and unsettling their neat polarities through juxtaposition and paratactic play. Here Mofokeng and Goldblatt’s works are entangled, sometimes wrested from customary projects, chronologies, labels and oeuvres so that each image can be viewed anew, providing the possibility for unlikely synergies and slippages to emerge.

“Beyond the Binary” seeks to draw out the distinctiveness of each, and open dynamic spaces for re-evaluation and re-interpretation by interweaving the works of these extraordinary photographers.



Finissage
Sunday, November 12, 2023
Curator Tour with Tamar Garb, 12 PM
Additional Guided Tours at 2 PM, 4 PM
All welcome. No booking required.

The Walther Collection
Museum Campus
Reichenauerstr. 21
89233 Neu-Ulm, Germany

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A wonderful morning spent looking at some vernacular photography with  at our art storage in New York.
09/13/2023

A wonderful morning spent looking at some vernacular photography with at our art storage in New York.

We are pleased to share one of our latest acquisitions as we continue to expand our unique holdings of vernacular and ni...
08/10/2023

We are pleased to share one of our latest acquisitions as we continue to expand our unique holdings of vernacular and nineteenth-century photography: an extraordinary miniature tintype portrait of a young woman of African descent made into a photographic jewelry necklace.

Likely created in the early to mid-1860s, the reverse of this antique sixteenth-plate portrait features several lines of handwriting in French on brown parchment paper, seemingly a casual exchange between friends or maybe lovers… Who was this beautiful young woman, so elegantly attired in her black high collar Victorian dress, puff sleeves, gold clasps at her neck? Pensive eyes averting the camera, contemplatively / self-possessively gazing somewhere – or perhaps at someone – beyond the frame … Who might have commissioned this evocative visual memento, and worn her likeness as a pendant? How did this artifact – her photographic portrait, darkly toned, encased in metal, preserved for over a century – come to double function as epistolary correspondence? What might her eyes have seen?

Text extract by from curatorial reflections in progress for our forthcoming publication currently in development – stay tuned …

Images: Courtesy of The Walther Collection, New York / Neu-Ulm

Trace – Formations of Likeness” is currently on view at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany until July 23. Room 10, “Rever...
07/14/2023

Trace – Formations of Likeness” is currently on view at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany until July 23.

Room 10, “Reverberations – Dystopian Visions,” is dedicated to featuring Yang Fudong’s celebrated six
channel video work “East of Que Village” (2007).

“Yang Fudong’s East of Que Village draws inspiration from the artist’s early childhood memories of his
home in Hebei, an isolated northern Chinese province near Beijing. Adopting a “pseudo-documentary”
approach, the multichannel film—rendered in stark black-and-white imagery—follows a group of wild
dogs that struggle for the scarce resources dispersed throughout the barren landscape, desperate to
survive. Untethered, they roam the unforgiving expanse, further accentuating the bleak sense of
dislocation and disquietude embodied by its human inhabitants. Paired with the sounds of the starving
animals, the various screens depict an atmosphere of rural desolation and a fractured view of what was
once a thriving industrial environment. In multiple overlapping, non-linear narratives, the film‘s
dystopian aesthetic offers a profound meditation on the existential conditions of contemporary Chinese
life, alternating between wide panoramic angles and close-up shots of the dogs’ snapping jaws.”

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“Trace – Formations of Likeness” is curated by with . The
exhibition was developed in close collaboration with The Walther Collection, and curatorially advised
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“Trace – Formations of Likeness” is currently on view at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany until July 23. Room 4, “Encou...
07/09/2023

“Trace – Formations of Likeness” is currently on view at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany until July 23.

Room 4, “Encounters – Dialoguing with the Colonial Archive” features 19th century vintage books and prints by Alfred Martin Duggan-Cronin and other photographers, alongside contemporary interventions by artists Santu Mofokeng, Sabelo Mlangeni, Jo Ractliffe, Candice Breitz, and Pieter Hugo.

“Dialogues between late nineteenth and early twentieth century ethnographic photography, and critical engagements with its complicated image archive, are the subject of galleries 3 and 4. Presenting a variety of photographs, cartes de visite, postcards, publications, and albums from southern Africa made during the colonial era, alongside a selection of works by contemporary South African artists, these juxtapositions invite critical perspectives on past modes of representation and anthropological visions of African subjects. The historical selection comprises a range of motifs and genres of commercial portrait photography: from depictions of known figures, including distinguished chiefs, to anonymous ethnographic “types”—mothers, warriors, hunters—to comparative studies and ambiguous projections of fantasy and myth. These images, in tandem with the more recent artworks that confront them, raise complex, and at times provocative, questions about the historical uses of photography, and the multitudinous fictions that underpin it. The agency of its subjects, as well as the contemporary sensibilities of the various portraits’ sitters—past and present—are brought into sharp focus, merging carefully orchestrated sartorial identities with indigenous customs.”

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“Trace – Formations of Likeness” is curated by with . The exhibition was developed in close collaboration with The Walther Collection, and curatorially advised by .

Images: ©Maximillian Geuter

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“Trace – Formations of Likeness” is currently on view at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany until July 23, 2023. With ove...
05/13/2023

“Trace – Formations of Likeness” is currently on view at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany until July 23, 2023.

With over 3000 artworks arranged across 12 themed gallery rooms, “Trace — Formations of Likeness” is our first major museum survey in Germany. Drawing upon all aspects of The Walther Collection’s expansive holdings of photography and lens-based media art, the exhibition features comprehensive conceptual series and site-specific installations by a diverse constituency of more than 70 artists from different cultural backgrounds, as well as archival, documentary and vernacular imagery from the last three centuries.

In the coming weeks, we will highlight the themes of each gallery, from Room 1: Taxonomies – The Dis/Order of Things to Room 12: Movements – Figures in Suspension. Several works on display are exhibited by the Collection for the first time, including an array of vitrines filled with rare daguerreotypes, hand-colored tintype portraits and photographic albums, alongside our most recent contemporary acquisitions.

“Trace – Formations of Likeness” is curated by with . The exhibition was developed in close collaboration with The Walther Collection, and curatorially advised by .

Artworks in exhibitions views include works by: Sammy Baloji, Jodi Bieber, Kudzanai Chiurai, Samuel Fosso, Seydou Keïta, Sabelo Mlangeni, Zanele Muholi, Adolfo Patiño, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Berni Searle, Accra Shepp, Yinka Shonibare, Song D**g, Lost and Found Project (Munemasa Takahashi), Guy Tillim, Yang Fudong, Xu Yong, and others.

Banner Image:
Zanele Muholi, Miss D’vine II, 2007. © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy Yancey Richardson, New York.

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Event: Saturday, April 29, 2-3pm at the Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm. Curating “Beyond the Binary” - Reflections on Process ...
04/22/2023

Event: Saturday, April 29, 2-3pm at the Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm.

Curating “Beyond the Binary” - Reflections on Process

The exhibition’s curator and eminent art historian Professor Tamar Garb will be in conversation with Renée Mussai, artistic director of The Walther Collection, to discuss the curatorial methodologies and imaginative strategies that have informed the conceptualization of “Beyond the Binary - Santu Mofokeng and David Goldblatt” currently on view at the museum campus' main gallery space The White Cube. Their open discussion will reflect on the praxis of curating as a research-led, process-oriented, creative activity that considers collaboration, mediation, experimentation and the site-specific dynamics of the gallery space as crucial elements of exhibition-making outside traditional institutional structures - as critical sites of enquiry and knowledge production, and poetic spaces for reflection and investigation. The in-gallery conversation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Tamar Garb is Durning Lawrence Professor in History of Art, University College London, a Fellow of the British Academy, and an art historian, critic and curator. A leading scholar in her field, she has published widely on questions of gender and sexuality, race and representation, both in relation to European modernisms and the art and visual culture of southern Africa.

Renée Mussai is an independent curator, scholar and writer with a special interest in African and Afrodiasporic lens-based black feminist and q***r visual arts practices. The former Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collection, Autograph, London, she is currently Artistic Director and Chief Curator of The Walther Collection.

April 29, 2023 | 2-3 pm
Open to the public, Free

The Walther Collection
Reichenauerstr. 21
89233 Neu-Ulm, Germany

Event: Thursday, April 27, 6 pm at Haus der Kunst in Munich. Encounters—Dialoguing with the Colonial Archive  Tamar Garb...
04/21/2023

Event: Thursday, April 27, 6 pm at Haus der Kunst in Munich.

Encounters—Dialoguing with the Colonial Archive

Tamar Garb and Renée Mussai will be in conversation to discuss the critical examination of ethnographic photography from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Thinking with the colonial image archive presents a number of curatorial and creative challenges. Marked by the residue of historical violence as well as intersubjective encounters freighted with politics of ‘difference’, desire and codes/conventions of display, photographs of Africans have been collected, commercialized and used for artistic re-invention for more than a century. Taking select historical and contemporary works from The Walther Collection on view in the exhibition “Trace - Formations of Likeness” as points of departure, this conversation between Professor Tamar Garb and Renée Mussai will consider the ethical conundrums this entails and the dialogical/critical encounters and artistic interventions that have resulted from an ongoing engagement with a visual legacy that is at once both rich and painful.

Tamar Garb is Durning Lawrence Professor in History of Art, University College London, a Fellow of the British Academy, and an art historian, critic and curator. A leading scholar in her field, she has published widely on questions of gender and sexuality, race and representation, both in relation to European modernisms and the art and visual culture of southern Africa.

Renée Mussai is an independent curator, scholar and writer with a special interest in African and Afrodiasporic lens-based black feminist and q***r visual arts practices. The former Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collection, Autograph, London, she is currently Artistic Director and Chief Curator of The Walther Collection.

April 27, 2023 | 6 pm
5,00 € + admission

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstraße 1,
80538 München, Germany

Link in bio to RSVP.

Artwork: Santu Mofokeng, "The Black Photo Album / Look at Me: 1890-1950," 1997.
©Santu Mofokeng Foundation.

Event: Thursday, April 27, 6 pm at Haus der Kunst in Munich. Encounters—Dialoguing with the Colonial Archive  Tamar Garb...
04/21/2023

Event: Thursday, April 27, 6 pm at Haus der Kunst in Munich.

Encounters—Dialoguing with the Colonial Archive

Tamar Garb and Renée Mussai will be in conversation to discuss the critical examination of ethnographic photography from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Thinking with the colonial image archive presents a number of curatorial and creative challenges. Marked by the residue of historical violence as well as intersubjective encounters freighted with politics of ‘difference’, desire and codes/conventions of display, photographs of Africans have been collected, commercialized and used for artistic re-invention for more than a century. Taking select historical and contemporary works from The Walther Collection on view in the exhibition “Trace - Formations of Likeness” as points of departure, this conversation between Professor Tamar Garb and Renée Mussai will consider the ethical conundrums this entails and the dialogical/critical encounters and artistic interventions that have resulted from an ongoing engagement with a visual legacy that is at once both rich and painful.

Tamar Garb is Durning Lawrence Professor in History of Art, University College London, a Fellow of the British Academy, and an art historian, critic and curator. A leading scholar in her field, she has published widely on questions of gender and sexuality, race and representation, both in relation to European modernisms and the art and visual culture of southern Africa.

Renée Mussai is an independent curator, scholar and writer with a special interest in African and Afrodiasporic lens-based black feminist and q***r visual arts practices. The former Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collection, Autograph, London, she is currently Artistic Director and Chief Curator of The Walther Collection.

April 27, 2023 | 6 pm
5,00 € + admission

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstraße 1,
80538 München, Germany

Link in bio to RSVP.

We are pleased to announce our upcoming major survey exhibition “Trace — Formations of Likeness” at Haus der Kunst in Mu...
03/15/2023

We are pleased to announce our upcoming major survey exhibition “Trace — Formations of Likeness” at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany on April 14, 2023. With more than 3000 works on display by a diverse group of artists from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, as well as archival, documentary and vernacular photographs from the last three centuries, the exhibition offers a global context to reflect on the divergent trajectories of photography and lens-based media today.

The exhibition’s core focus is portrait photography — of people, objects, and places — through the ‘tracing’ of societal transformation across different temporalities and localities, contrasting varied geographic, socio-political and cultural landscapes. The photographic portrait is deployed as a performative mode to formulate and shape identity, to document communities and spaces, to advocate for social change and justice, and as a subversive strategy for visibility, often through intimate investigations of politics of representation and embodiment, memory and history, nationality and belonging.

The substantial breadth and dialogical scope of the exhibition brings together artists from Africa, America, Europe, and Asia, enabling audiences to consider not only the parallel histories of the medium, but for its materiality, taxonomy, and serial structures to be revealed and drawn into question.

Curated by Anna Schneider and Hanns Lennart Wiesner, in close collaboration with The Walther Collection.

Images:
1. © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy Yancey Richardson, New York
2. © Adolfo Patiño. Courtesy The Walther Collection
3. Unidentified photographer. Courtesy The Walther Collection
4. Lebohang Kganye. Courtesy the artist
5. © J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
6. © Aida Silvestri. Courtesy the artist
7. © Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris.
8. © Grace Ndiritu. Courtesy the Brancolini Grimaldi.
9. Unidentified photographer. Courtesy The Walther Collection
10. © Xu Yong. Courtesy the artist


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We are delighted to announce the appointment of London-based curator, writer and art historian Renée Mussai as the first...
02/21/2023

We are delighted to announce the appointment of London-based curator, writer and art historian Renée Mussai as the first Artistic Director of The Walther Collection, and its new Chief Curator. The double role will comprise leading the Collection's curatorial, editorial and scholarly initiatives, alongside shaping its future artistic program vision and new acquisitions.

An established research-led curator and scholar of photography and visual culture,
joins The Walther Collection with more than 20 years’ experience in the arts, following two decades as senior curator and head of curatorial & collection at – a long-term role enhanced by a rich track-record of independent curating, publishing, writing and teaching internationally.

Working between London, New York and Neu-Ulm, Renée will be responsible for The Walther Collection’s wide-ranging international activities, with a focus on expanding the scope of its publishing program, collection development, and travelling exhibitions through institutional collaborations.

“I am thrilled to be joining The Walther Collection and feel both honored and privileged to lead the next chapter of this remarkable cultural resource, building on the foundation’s profound commitment to supporting a diverse constituency of artists working in lens-based media, and amplifying the collection’s exceptional dual scholarly and curatorial remit.”

As Artur Walther says,

“Renée has been a close friend of the collection since its inception and was curatorial advisor for our recent projects. I have long admired her curatorial work at Autograph, her writing and publications, commitment to research and excellent scholarship. I am deeply pleased for her to join us full-time as artistic director and look forward to continue developing the collection with her, and expand the boundaries of the photographic medium together.”

Link in bio to read the full press release.

Photo Credit: Renée Mussai, 2022 by © Christa Holka

“Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces” Closing with an Open House on Sunday, November 20.11 AM – 5 PM, with publi...
11/18/2022

“Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces”

Closing with an Open House on Sunday, November 20.

11 AM – 5 PM, with public guided tours at 11:15 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM

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The Walther Collection cordially invites you to its open house on Sunday, November 20. With three public tours, The Walther Collection in Burlafingen, Neu-Ulm celebrates the end of the comprehensive retrospective of the French-Cameroonian photographer Samuel Fosso.

Spanning his five-decade career, “Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces” features works that address central themes of the contemporary art scene. Bringing together emblematic series, lesser-known works, and never-before-seen photographs from the artist's youth, it traces a career that oscillates between personal introspection and collective narratives, offering the first in-depth look at Samuel Fosso's body of work.

Although the genre of autofiction, and self-portraiture in particular, has been used by many artists since the 1970s, Samuel Fosso adds a new dimension to this practice that is at once political and historical, fictional and intimate. The embodiment of key historical figures and social archetypes in front of the camera became for him not only a way to exist as part of this world, but also a key to demonstrate the photographic power to construct myths.

This exhibition was originally organized by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris with the support of Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne and the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. Following its presentation at The Walther Collection, the exhibition will open at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam on December 10, 2022.

The museum campus will be open from 11 AM to 5 PM on November 20, 2022. Admission is free and registration is not required for the guided tours at 11:15 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM.

We look forward to your visit!

“Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces”FINAL DAYS!Closes this Sunday, November 20!  ALLONZENFANS, 2013Embodying hi...
11/17/2022

“Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces”
FINAL DAYS!
Closes this Sunday, November 20!

ALLONZENFANS, 2013

Embodying history

Produced in 2013, “ALLONZENFANS” focuses on a part of France’s military history that is mostly unknown: the enlistment of men from French West African colonies to fight alongside the French during the First and Second World Wars. The series, conceived in the form of diptychs, links two images presented side by side. In both sets of photographs, the artist wears the uniform reserved for the “Senegalese Tirailleurs” or riflemen (a generic term used to designate soldiers from the colonies) during the wars: on the right, a blue capote and bayonet resembling equipment from World War I, and on the left, an olive-colored uniform from World War II. In this series of 49 images, Samuel Fosso introduces many subtle variations. His facial expressions and posture change slightly, playing on the effects of repetition and uniformity. Through this series, Fosso aspires to put an end to the anonymity of these soldiers and equally honor them.

“Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces” is a touring exhibition organized by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris) in collaboration with The Walther Collection (Neu-Ulm) and Huis Marseille (Amsterdam), with the support of Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

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“Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces.”Closes this Sunday, Nov. 20! Currently on view at our Museum Campus in Neu...
11/16/2022

“Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces.”

Closes this Sunday, Nov. 20!
Currently on view at our Museum Campus in Neu-Ulm.

Emperor of Africa, 2013

The iconography of power

Continuing his exploration of historical figures, Samuel Fosso reconstructs emblematic photographs of the Chinese leader Mao Zedong in the series “Emperor of Africa” (2013). After discovering the book Le Mao, devoted to Maoist iconography, Fosso began to recreate Mao’s portrait in meticulously staged photographs that relate to how the Chinese leader manipulated images for the purposes of propaganda. In this series, the artist calls into question the power of the photographic medium to transcend our imagination as well as the power China exercises in Africa. By transposing a Chinese emperor onto the continent, Fosso highlights the Sino-African rapprochement of recent decades. The artist’s irreverence serves here as a poetic springboard for denouncing neo-colonialism. Africa’s natural resources remain, even today, a strategic battleground for many countries.

“Samuel Fosso: The Man with a Thousand Faces” is a touring exhibition organized by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris) in collaboration with The Walther Collection (Neu-Ulm) and Huis Marseille (Amsterdam), with the support of Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

Curated by Clothilde Morette, , and .

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The Walther Collection is an art foundation dedicated to the critical understanding of historical and contemporary photography and related media. Through a program of international exhibitions, in-depth collecting, original research, and scholarly publications, The Walther Collection aims to highlight the social uses of photography and to expand the history of the medium worldwide.

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The Walther Collection Project Space, with Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing, is pleased to present Day After Day: RongRong and the Beijing East Village. The exhibition features forty of RongRong's seminal photographs from 1993–1998 portraying the Beijing East Village—an artistic community poignantly described by Silvia Fok as “a meteor in the history of contemporary Chinese art.”

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