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IKS produces film on Josef Albers

Josef Albers. Interaction
Villa Hügel Essen
16 June - 07. Oct. 2018

For the first time in 30 years "Josef Albers. Interaction" will be presented as a large retrospective of Bottrop-born artist Josef Albers at the Villa Hüge in Essen. Like no other, Josef Albers explored the color in its artistic dimension. Over 130 works will be presented in the former home of the industrialist family Krupp.
On display are paintings, glass works, photographs, works on paper, furniture and pre-Columbian sculptures. The exhibition begins with Albers time at the Bauhaus and draws an arc to the American years - to encounter the landscape and culture of Mexico and the series Homage to the Square. The large gallery at Villa Hügel is dedicated entirely to this famous series of works.
The Villa Hügel, in cooperation with Josef Albers Quadrat Bottrop, commissioned the IKS and Ralph Goertz to produce a documentary on the artist.





IKS shooting cinema commercial for K20

Anni Albers. Starting on 9 June

Anni Albers (1899 – 1994) was a multifaceted artist who established weaving as an art form and united this ancient cultural technology with modern artistic practices. This retrospective exhibition offers deep insight into the achievement of the artist, craftswoman, designer, author, and teacher Anni Albers, from her beginnings at the innovative Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, to her time at the legendary Black Mountain College, and up until the 1980s.

While her woven images – characterized by textile structures, subtle coloration, and an abstract formal language – are intended for visual contemplation, her room dividers, carpets, and curtain material are meant to be used. Along with her numerous textile patterns and designs, they illustrate Albers’ intensive preoccupation with intricate woven structures and innovative fibers.


In occasion of the exhibition "Anni Albers" at Kunstsammlung Northern-Westfalia (K20) in Duessedorf, we were asked to produce a trailer and a cinema commerial. Many thanks!


Cinema trailer!


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS produced Trailer for K21 Duesseldorf

Raqs Media Collective

Kunstsammlung NRW - K21 Ständehaus

21 April - 12 August 2018


The investigation of time, language, and history is central to the artistic activities of the Raqs Media Collective. Founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi (b. 1966), Monica Narula (b. 1969) and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (b. 1968), Raqs practices at the intersection of contemporary art, historical enquiry, philosophical speculation, and theory, while taking into account social and political conditions in a global context.


Official Trailer



IKS produces "99 Seconds of:" for NRW tourism

A total of ten "99 Seconds of: Kunstvereine" were commissioned by #urbanana.

As part of the project "NRW as Destination for Urban Lifestyle and Scene", in short: #urbanana, tourism NRW has therefore produced a total of ten 99-second videos on various art associations in NRW, to introduce them as places of discovery for guests and locals.

The videos were created in cooperation with the AKDV and the Institute for Art Documentation (IKS) and will be published on April 19, 2018 on the websites of Tourismus NRW and on its social media channels in time for the art fair Art Cologne. In the short videos, the art associations present themselves and their work, as well as their relationship to the city and the local scene. It starts with three art associations from Aachen, Cologne and Dortmund.


Kölnischer Kunstverein

Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund

Neuer Aachener Kunstverein



IKS plans new projects with Alec Soth


Ralph Goertz, head of the IKS, met the American photographer ALEC SOTH in his studio in Minneapolis to discuss new projects in 2019. The American Magnum photographer is considered as one of the most important contemporary photographers of our time. With his sensitive portrait and landscape photographs, which often deal with social and society issues of America, he joins in alongside Robert Frank and Michael Schmidt.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Robert Longo at Deichtorhallen Hamburg


17 FEBRUARY − 27 MAY 2018

With works by FRANCISCO GOYA (1746–1828), SERGEI EISENSTEIN (1898–1948), and ROBERT LONGO (1953), the exhibition PROOF offers insights into the particular positions from which artists reflect on the social, cultural, and political complexities of their times.
The New York-based artist Robert Longo explores burning contemporary issues such as terrorism, refugee movements, modern warfare, and symbols of power in his drawings ranging up to 7.5 meters in size.


The director of IKS met the artist to work on their documentary.


Our "99 Seconds of:"


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


New trailer on Black & White exhibition in Duesseldorf

Black & White. From Dürer to Eliasson

Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

22 March 2018 – 15 July 2018

Grey, “the ideal colour“, according to Gerhard Richter. Artists have always been drawn to a world devoid of colour. By concentrating on black and white they encourage the viewer to take a fresh perspective on existing patterns of perception and artistic modes of presentation. Comprising around 80 works spanning a period of 700 years – painting, glass painting, photography, prints and drawings – the exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the special fascination exerted by black-and-white painting. Ranging from medieval grisaille works to Olafur Eliasson’s light installation “Room for one colour”, the exhibition explores the question of the visual power of the reduced colour palette. The most impressive work of the exhibit is "The Collector's House" by begium artist Hans Op de Beeck.


99 Seconds of: The Collector's House


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


New Trailer production for Museum of Contemporary Art Siegen


The Museum of Contemporary Art in Siegen has asked the IKS to produce their "99 Seconds of:" on their exhibition "The other half. Presentation of the Contemporary Art Collection" (March 11 – May 21, 2018). Many thanks!

An excellent presentation of their collection with works by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Victor Burgin, Marianna Castillo Deball, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Katharina Grosse, Diango Hernández, Candida Höfer, Nancy Holt, Jochen Lempert, Armin Linke, Peter Piller, Robbins/Becher, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, Stephen Willats, among others.


The official trailer!


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS annouce #youngtalents in photography

Curator: Ralph Goertz


In the new series #youngtalents, the IKS presents young talents of contemporary photography who are particularly interested in the medium of photography. In addition to a strong photographic language, the focus is also on dealing with current topics, a conceptual approach and the reflection of the medium itself.

In 99 seconds, the IKS presents young positions in photography to a wider audience. The young artists are selected by the head of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, who has earned a reputation as a photo curator in the last years with exhibitions such as "Joel Meyerowitz Retrospective", "Lindbergh / Winogrand: Women" and "Axel Hütte Night and Day".

Our first #youngtalent film is dedicated to Sophia Kesting and Dana Lorenz. In their documentary as well as artistic project "Asphalt, Stones and Shards" they deal with the transformation of a square, an urban fallow area in Leipzig. Sophia Kesting and Dana Lorenz were master students of Joachim Brohm and the HGB Leipzig. We met the two artists at the Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Gallery in Düsseldorf, where they participated in the exhibition "Picturing Realities: Constructed, Cropped and Reassembled" (class: Joachim Brohm). On view until April 7, 2018.


Installation view at Beck&Eggeling International Fine Art in Duesseldorf

© IKS-Medienarchiv / Sophia Kesting, Dana Lorenz


IKS presents two Films at Duesseldorf Photo

23 Feb, 19h, Bambi Filmstudio Düsseldorf


The IKS presents two of their documentaries on famous photographer Thomas Ruff and Joel Meyerowitz at Bambi Filmstudio in Duesseldorf. The documentaries "Joel Meyerowitz. Sense of Time" and "Thomas Ruff. Photographs 1979-2011" will be screened as part of the Duesseldorf Photo Festival and will present New Color Photography next to Duesseldorf Photoschool. The filmmaker will be present.


photos: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv



Edvard Munch at Museum Folkwang in Essen

Yearning and Expectancy

February 16 – April 22, 2018


In spring 2018 Edvard Munch’s (1863–1944) painting The Girls on the Bridge from the Munch Museum in Oslo will make a guest appearance at the Museum Folkwang. The painting comes to Essen in exchange for Paul Gauguin’s Contes barbares, which is being lent to the Munch Museum from the collection at the Folkwang. The work was painted in 1927 and shows three girls waiting on a bridge in the coastal resort of Åsgårdstrand on the Oslofjord. This prestigious “guest” will form the centrepiece of a presentation of paintings and graphic works by Edvard Munch from the Folkwang collection.


Next to their own two paintings the exhibition presents 20 origonal print graphics from their own collection.

We were asked to produce the official trailer!


Official Trailer


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Master Students of Joachim Brohm at Beck&Eggeling

Picturing Realities: Constructed, Cropped and Reassembled

2 February – 7 April 2018 / Duesseldorf


Graduates and master students of the class of Joachim Brohm, HGB Leipzig: Daniele Ansidei, Wut Chalanant, Kalinka Gieseler, Bernadette Keating, Sophia Kesting & Dana Lorenz, Abel Minnée, Daniel Poller

For Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2018 Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art will present "Picturing Realities: Constructed, Cropped and Reassembled“, an exhibition by graduates and master students of the class of Joachim Brohm at the HGB Leipzig, Germany.

Photography is the most popular image medium of our times: posted, liked and quickly forgotten again. Artistic practice is its polar opposite. An engagement with reality through the medium of photography inevitably demands working on an image, starting with its construction. An image comes into being not only in the moment of exposure, but rather acquires significance and creates new relationships through time, circulation, and form. The positions from the class of Prof. Joachim Brohm at the HGB Leipzig interact with contemporary photographic discourse in a specific way: in the exhibition space, thoughts, ideas, images, and objects produce collective resonances that both reflect our reality and allow it to become graspable.


Our "99 Seconds of:"


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Klaus Staeck at Museum Folkwang Essen

Klaus Staeck. Sand for the Gears

February 9 – April 8, 2018


At the time they were made, Klaus Staeck’s (*1938) posters were some of the most powerful works to have enlivened the public space. The images he devised helped shape West Germany’s visual memory from the late 1960s until the late 1980s. Staeck always saw himself as a political provocateur, and his designs were intended as a comment on socially charged themes and crises. He thus deliberately triggered scandals whose effects were far-reaching. The exhibition of Staeck’s entire oeuvre not only puts on display around 180 of his posters but also presents his early prints. The show is rounded out with various multiples in which Staeck gives three-dimensional form to his political intentions.


The official Trailer


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Timm Rautert at Rupert Pfab Gallery

Timm Rautert. Is Photografie...
19 Jan - 10 March 2018


He is one of the most important photographers of post-war photo history: Timm Rautert. After completing his studies with Otto Steinert, Timm Rautert developed his visual vocabulary in the late 1960s and from 1969 he founded the "Image Analytic Photography".
In a 45min. interview with Ralph Goertz, Timm Rautert spoke about his exhibited series such as "New York / Osaka" from 1969-71 and "Crazy Horse I" and "Crazy Horse II", in which he deals with the artistic and analytical view of photography. Exciting!!


Unsere "99 Seconds of:"


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Andreas Gursky Retrospective in London

Hayward Gallery

25 Jan 2018 – 22 Apr 2018


Hayward Gallery reopens with the first major UK retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky. Known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time.

Driven by an interest and insight into ‘the way that the world is constituted’, as well as what he describes as ‘the pure joy of seeing’, Gursky makes photographs that are not just depictions of places or situations, but reflections on the nature of image-making and the limits of human perception. Often taken from a high vantage point, these images make use of a ‘democratic’ perspective that gives equal importance to all elements of his highly detailed scenes.


This exhibition features around 60 of the artist’s ground-breaking photographs from the early 1980s through to his most recent work.

We accompanied Andreas Gursky while he was planning the show and met him for an excusive tour in London.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Meeting the Artist

#02 Oda Jaune


In our new series we will publish once a month one of our rare documentary photographs out of our archive, which will present an artist who has a special relationship to Duesseldorf.

In 2008 we met the young painter Oda Jaune at her studio in Duesseldorf and were allowed to film her while she was painting.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Mischa Kuball at Jewish Museum Berlin

res·o·nant by Mischa Kuball

A Light and Sound Installationat

Jewish Museum Berlin

starting from 17 Nov. 2017


The Jewish Museum Berlin ist exhibiting res·o·nant – a walk-through light and sound installation by the Düsseldorf conceptual artist Mischa Kuball. Kuball created the installation specially for the new exhibition space on the lower ground floor of the Libeskind building.

Covering a total floor space of more than 350 square meters, res·o·nant incorporates two of the five vertical voids that perforate the Museum building. These symbolically laden empty spaces form the starting point for the artist’s work, which refers to the materiality, effect and signification of the voids. Museum visitors will thus have the opportunity to re-discover these two voids, which have become something of a Museum trademark since the opening of the Museum in 2001.

In these rooms with 24-meter-high ceilings, rotating projectors cast light fields in the form of the outline of the voids onto walls and ceiling. By means of rotating mirror elements and stroboscopic light impulses, there arises, in the words of the artist, a "resonance between architecture and skin."


We met the artist for an interview. Many thanks!


Watch the Trailer


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Maria Hassabi

STAGING: Solo #2

9 December 2017 – 21 January 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz

The compelling performances and live installations of the New York based artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi (born in Cyprus in 1973) are austerely composed choreographies which involve the unfolding of decelerated movement in space. Her works, which have been featured internationally in museums, at festivals, in galleries, in theaters and public spaces, explore the intricate relationship between body and image, using extended duration and precise micro-movements to develop a radical sculptural corporeality. Here, the transitions between the slowly enacted movements of the dancers, and the time intervals that separate moments of prolonged stillness, emerge as the actual space of experience.

For the monumental space of the Grabbe Halle at the K20, Maria Hassabi will present STAGING: Solo #2 (2017), which reimagines and adapts her multi-sited installation STAGING (2017).


Watch the trailer!


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

Performer: Hristoula Harakas © Maria Hassabi


New series "30 seconds of: major moments in art history"

#01 Joel Meyerowitz. From a moving car


The archive of the IKS counts as the biggest private archives on film documents on art in Germany. Now we decides to start sharing the best moments in art history with the public and created the format "30 seconds of:"

As a start up we are proud to present Joel Meyerowitz.


After his first trip to Europe in 1966/67, the american photographer Joel Meyerowitz came back with an impressive bunch of works. The beautiful series "from a moving car", which was shot during this trip, was first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (curator: John Sarkowsky). The original set of all 40 photographs was exhibited for the second time at the NRW-Forum Duesseldorf at the first Retrospective on Joel Meyerowitz in Europe (curator: Ralph Goertz) and is now partly on view at the C/O Berlin.


IKS produced 70th artist film

Carmen Herrera - Lines of Sight

A film by Ralph Goertz


In co-operation with the Kunstsammlung Northern-Westfalia in Duesseldorf we produced our 70th art documentary on Carmen Herrera. The film will be displayed as part of the exhibition and follows the footsteps of Carmen Herrera in New York and Paris, where she lived between 1948 and 1954. In Paris she has built her own artistic vocabulary which she is using till today.

The film by Ralph Goertz is available on DVD at the shop of the K20.



Carmen Herrera at K20 in Duesseldorf

Kunstsammlung Northern-Westfalia

2 December 2017 - 8 April 2018


The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen presents the largest exhibition to date devoted to the Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera, featuring works drawn from a span of 70 years. Herrera is among the pioneers of geometric abstraction in the United States. This wide-ranging presentation includes circa 70 works and involves paintings, works on paper, and sculptures produced between 1947 and 2017. Herrera – who is now 102 years old – was long ignored by the art world: she sold her first picture at the age of 89. Up to the present, this New York-based artist continues to create powerful, eye-catching works.

We were asked to produce the official trailer for the show!




photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Expert talk with Wolfgang Ullrich

Npvember 23, 2017, Museum Kunstpalast


What is more important in contemporary photography: the finger, the eye or the concept? The art scientist Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich and Ralph Goertz, curator of the exhibition "Axel Hütte. Night and Day ", shed light on the multi-faceted works of Axel Hütte from different perspectives - starting with a classification in the Düsseldorf photo school, through the use of pictorial strategies, to a journey through the world of art.



Akram Zaatari. Against Photography

Kunstsammlung NRW - Ständehaus, K21

18 Nov. 2017 - 25. Feb .2018


Photographic objects have been the centre of Akram Zaatari’s (born in Saida/Lebanon in 1966, lives and works in Beirut) artistic practice since 1995. Photographic formations or emergences, as he calls them, are the focus of this exhibition: enigmatic objects that bear traces of past events and accompany people through key moments in their lives. Cherished at times, destroyed at others, photographs are capable of provoking diverse and extreme reactions. Initially, capturing instances, they change over time. The perception of an image changes, but sometimes the physicality of the object itself is also altered as a result of its contact with the natural, social and political environment. As a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation (1997 in Beirut) and as principle contributor to its expanding collection, Zaatari’s oeuvre represents an uncompromising contribution to the discourse on photography and its changing function over the years.


Watch the Trailer!


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Ralph Goertz gives a guest lecture at the FH Niederrhein

On 24.10. the head of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, was invited as an assistant professor to a lecture about "Axel Hütte and the Dusseldorf photo school" in the photo class of Prof. Gudrun Kemsa to the FH Niederrhein. Thank you very much for the invitation and the high attention of the students!


IKS started new Photo-Series:

Meeting the Artist

#01 Robert Longo / Hans Mayer


In our new series we will publish once a month one of our rare documentary photographs out of our archive, which will present an international best known artist who has a special relationship to Düsseldorf. Our first photograph shows "ROBERT LONGO / HANS MAYER". Robert Longo counts to one o the most important american artists and is presented by the Düssesdorf based Gallery Hans Mayer. We met them togethe in 2009.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Catharina van Eetvelde at Museum Folkwang

Catharina van Eetvelde / Ilk

Sept. 29, 2017 – January 14, 2018


Catharina van Eetvelde’s (b. 1967) multifaceted oeuvre draws on the formal elements of scientific illustrations. Van Eetvelde puts her drawings together in contrasting combinations with text fragments and photographs as well as with three-dimensional objects, raising questions about the representation of nature and the production of knowledge.

We were aked to produce the official trailer for the exhibition. Many thanks!


Official Trailer


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Thomas Ruff at Whitechapel Gallery in London

Thomas Ruff: Photographs 1979 – 2017
27 September 2017 – 21 January 2018


Cosmology, suburbia, nudity, utopianism, catastrophe – these are some of the subjects that Thomas Ruff (b. 1958, Germany) addresses in his photographic series, which for almost four decades have investigated the status of the image in contemporary culture. This exhibition will draw from the full range of Ruff’s output: from his acclaimed Portraits – passport-style portraits, reproduced on a huge scale and revealing every surface detail of their subjects, to his most recent press++ photographs, drawing on newspaper archives from the era of the space race and Hollywood starlets.


99 Seconds of: Thomas Ruff


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


99 Seconds of: Axel Hütte. Night and Day

Museum Kunstpalast / 23.09.2017 - 14.01.2018 / Curator: Ralph Goertz

3000 visitors at opening weekend "Axel Hütte. Night and Day"

On Friday 22nd September 2017 the opening of the exhibition "Axelhütte Night and Day" (curator: Ralph Goertz / IKS) took place under a large audience. Axel Hütte first studied two semesters in the film class, then switched to the famous photographic class of Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. For his work, he traveled all continents of the world in search of image structures and created works that disturbed, irritated, cloaked and at the same time offered an intellectual space behind his fog and night views. The exhibition presents 70 large-scale works on the subject of landscape photography and is the largest presentation of his works in Germany.

A visit to the highly praised exhibition is worthwhile !!


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photos: Isabel Hernandez © IKS


Ralph Goertz curated "Axel Hütte. Night and Day" at Museum Kunstpalast


The photographic artist Axel Hütte ranks among the most important representatives of the Düsseldorf School of Photography. He is considered a ‘landscape painter’ among contemporary photographers, although alongside the topic of landscape, a further focus of his work is on architecture. Axel Hütte draws his motifs from the urbanity of major cities, from Alpine glaciers and the South-American jungle. His photographs surprise the viewer with their unusual pictorial structures and phenomena of perception, thus localizing his photographic work far beyond the documentary.

This largest exhibition to date of the Düsseldorf photographer presents approximately 70 large-scale daytime and night-time pictures created between 1995 and 2017, including a number of works from Canada and the USA, which have never been shown publicly. Axel Hütte started his cycle of night pictures with sparsely lit landscapes and in later years focussed his attention on illuminated metropolises on different continents.


The director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, was asked by Beat Wismer, director of the Museum Kunstpalast, to curate the exhibtion in cooperation with the artist. Many thanks! Opening is on 22 September, 7pm.


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv

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