Becoming Visible
Photographic works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection

21.03.2008 to 10.08.2008

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

Alongside monographic exhibitions of works by Anna & Bernhard Blume and Wolfgang Tillmans, the collection presentation in the Rieckhallen features selected positions in artistic photography, and genre that has increasingly gained importance in the visual arts since the 1970s. Featured are works by artists who have elaborated their views of the world photographically in a variety of ways. Centrally significant are questions concerning the physiology and psychology of vision and those related to the social, economic, historical, and cultural contexts referred to by these photographic
motifs.

In an era characterized by the mass production and distribution of photographic imagery, numerous questions are raised by views of locations, buildings, landscapes, and passersby that have been as seized by the camera: What precisely are we seeing when contemplating these images? What relationship do they have to the reality they represent? Does the reality seen in photographs become perceptible only through them, or do they instead render strange a putatively familiar reality?

On display will be works by, among others, Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham and Stan Douglas, by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth, and by Peter Fischli & David Weiss and Beat Streuli.