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Meeting with Martin Parr and Bruce Gilden

Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol


For his first Retrospective exhibition in Germany curator Ralph Goertz visited Martin Parr in his Foundation in Bristol to make the selection of the new series. He also met the famous street photographer Bruce Gilden who is invited for an artist talk at the Martin Parr Foundation. What a great come together!



Fotos: Louisa Reiners © IKS-Medienarchiv


Kunstsammlung NRW presents Museum Global

10 Nov. 2018 - 10 March 2019


Starting from a critical engagement with our own collection, the exhibition “museum global. Microhistories of an Ex-centric Modernism” at K20 focuses on selected instances of a transcultural modernism that is situated beyond the Western canon. With microhistories from Japan, Georgia, Brazil, Mexico, India, Lebanon, and Nigeria (1910 to 1960), the museum interrogates not just an Eurocentric version of art history, but its own perspectives as well.


Serving as a prologue to this wide-ranging exhibition project is the presentation “Paul Klee: A Collection Travelling Around the World”. An ensemble of 88 works by Paul Klee, who was defamed by the National Socialists as “degenerate”, forms the foundation of the Kunstsammlung. Central to the show are the culturally and politically motivated travels of the Klee collection to nearly 40 places around the world between 1966 and 1985.


Explored in an epilogue, the final exhibition gallery of “museum global”, is the way in which, around 1960, the canon of “Western” modernism was expanded via contemporary positions through new exhibition formats such as Documenta, as well as through the intensive collecting strategies of museums.


OPEN SPACE, configured together with raumlaborberlin, will accompany the exhibition. It comprises a stage, a café, a study center and a workshop for silkscreen printing to encourage and inspire encounters and discussions. With an additional entrance, the museum for the first time opens up to the Grabbeplatz as a new public space.



Harald Szeemann at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Har­ald Szee­mann. Mu­se­um of Ob­ses­sions

Har­ald Szee­mann. Grand­fa­ther: A Pi­o­neer Like Us

13 Oc­to­ber 2018 – 20 Jan­uary 2019

Two ex­hi­bi­tions about an ex­hi­bi­tion or­ga­niz­er are un­usu­al and as ex­trav­a­gant as their top­ic, the leg­end Har­ald Szee­mann. A na­tive of Switzer­land, Szee­mann re­al­ized ex­per­i­men­tal ex­hi­bi­tions that broke with the con­ven­tions of the time. Through this work, and through his id­iosyn­crat­ic self-im­age as an ex­hi­bi­tion or­ga­niz­er as well as his

man­ner of work­ing with artists, he had a last­ing im­pact on our un­der­stand­ing of the role of the cu­ra­tor.

This wide-rang­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers in­sight in­to the life and work of Har­ald Szee­mann and shows the com­plex­i­ty of his themes, in­ter­ests, and de­vel­op­ments us­ing archival doc­u­ments as well as art­works and films.


We met the Direktor of the Kunsthalle, Gregor Janssen, for an interview for our "99 Seconds of:". Many thanks!





IKS goes Los Angeles #3

Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills


Last stop on the journey by Ralph Goertz to Los Angeles was the Gagosian Gallery, where he met the studio director. He was also able to have an exclusive view on the current exhibition MURAKAMI & ABLOH “AMERICA TOO”, which opened on 10th October. Many thanks.


© Takashi Murakami & Virgil Abloh


IKS goes Los Angeles #2

Getty Museum / Center for Photographs


The director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, has visited the Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute to ask for loanings for an exhibition he is planning in 2021. The vintage prints from the 1960s were presented to him by the interims director and senior curator at the Center for Photographs. But at this moment we do not want to make the artist public.

Many thanks for your support!



IKS goes Los Angeles #1

IKS produces film for the Historical Museum Frankfurt in Los Angeles.

For the exhibition "Forgotten - why we do not remember everything", which will be on view in the Historisches Museum Framkfurt from March 7th, 2018, the IKS produces a documentary (directed by Ralph Goertz) on the subject of "Remembrance" in Los Angeles.
The exhibition (curated by Prof. Dr. Kurt Wettengl and Jasmin Alley) sheds light on forgetting: the processes in the brain, the forgetting of the past and the present, our fear of forgetting to forget the wish and not to forget the commandment, the non-forgetting-ability and the potential of forgetting.


Fig: Collected plate to commemorate the numerous stays at the Marlborough Blenheim Hotel in New Jersey


IKS produces trailer for "Uncannaly Real"

Uncannily Real. Italian Painting of the 1920s

Sept. 28, 2018 – Jan 13, 2019

Museum Folkwang, Essen


The major autumn exhibition Uncannily Real presents more than 80 paintings from Realismo Magico, an Italian art movement from the 1920s which remains largely unknown here in Germany. After the First World War, there was an increasing desire for calm and order, and from 1918 themselves in European and North American art. Germany witnessed the evolution of Neue Sachlichkeit, in France there were multiple neo-classical tendencies, and Italy saw the emergence of Realismo Magico.

We were asked to produce the official trailer. Many thanks.




photo: Cesare Sofianopulo, Maschere, 1930, Museo Revoltella, © Nicola Eccher


Cao Fei at Kunstsammlung NRW

6 Oct. 2018 – 13 Jan. 2019
K21 Ständehaus


The Chinese artist Cao Fei (*1978) is regarded as a pioneer of a generation of artists, for whose members digital media and network technology are simply aspects of everyday life. This Beijing-based artist elaborates her multifaceted artistic oeuvre through an imperative confrontation with the latest medial innovations. Soon, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen will be presenting the first major solo exhibition in Germany of Cao Fei's works. This survey will encompass her artistic production between 1995 and 2017, and will include videos, photographs, and multimedia installations, as well as drawings which have not been shown publicly previously.

Ralph Goertz met the artist for an interview which will be part of the official trailer.




photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS-Medienarchiv


Wolfgang Tillmans honored with Kaiserring 2018

Mönchehaus Museum Goslar

29 Sept. 2018 - 27 Jan. 2019


The artist, who was born in Remscheid in 1968 and now divides his time between Berlin and London, has created a densely packed and many-layered life’s work that is highly regarded internationally. He has been driven by the great questions: of truth (including pictorial truth), of of expansion of knowledge, of the perception of the stars, of the documentation of the abundance and transitoriness of immediate life, of beauty, of friendship, of freedom.

His central artistic medium is photography. He has analytically investigated its conditions and exploited its possibilities all the way to abstract works such as the ‘Freischwimmer’ series, which created without using the camera. On his numerous journeys the artist uses the camera as an instrument to capture the diversity of phenomena in our globalized world as well as the uniqueness of places. (Extract from the jury statement)

Ralph Goertz met the famous photographer for an interview. Many thanks!





New trailer for Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

CARS – Driven by Design. Sports Cars from the 1950s to the 1970s

27 September 2018 – 10 February 2019

Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

They are fast, beautiful, eccentric and innovative: sports cars from the 1950s to the 1970s. Automobiles, whose bodies and engines combine to form an aesthetic “Gesamtkunstwerk”. In recent decades these cars have become sought-after collector’s items and, not least in terms of design, have enjoyed cult status – and deservedly so. Hardly any design object has transformed our lives so fundamentally, beyond its mere practical application. Against this backdrop the exhibition presents around 30 outstanding sports cars, all of which rank among the very icons of the history of design and technology. The exhibition is the first of its kind directing the focus on the car as a work of art combining form, technology, design and emotion.

We were asked to produce the new trailer for the show. Many thanks!





IKS invited to Triennale of Photography

26 Sept. 2018


The IKS is proud to be part of the Triennale of Photography in Hamburg with the documentary "Joel Meyerowitz. Sense of Time". The Kinemathek presents the documentary by Ralph Goertz as part of the official program of the Festival on 26 September at Metropolis Cinema in Hamburg. Many thanks!




photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Ralph Goertz curates first Retrospective on Martin Parr in Duesseldorf


The director of the IKS, Ralph Goertz, will curate the first retrospective of the exceptional photographer Martin Parr in Germany in 2019. British photographer Martin Parr came to Duesseldorf for four days to shoot a new series. The series will be part of the Martin Parr retrospective at NRW-Forum Duesseldorf next year. After exhibitions on Joel Meyerowitz, Peter Lindbergh and Garry Winogrand, curator Ralph Goertz is proud to present Martin Parr as another master of photography in Duesseldorf ... But more is not yet revealed.


photo: Dirk Rose © IKS-Medienarchiv


IKS presents film at Istanbul Modern


May 23 – November 11, 2018

As the first exhibition at its temporary space, Istanbul Modern presents the British artist Anthony Cragg, one of the most original and innovative sculptors living today. Featuring characteristic examples from each period of the artist’s forty-year career, the exhibition reveals how Cragg has reinterpreted and transformed aspects of sculpture such as content, mass, negative space, material, color, and scale.

As part of the exhibition, the documentary by Ralph Goertz "Anthony Cragg. Parts of the World" will be screened. Many thanks for the co-operation.


photo: Isabel Hernandez © IKS-Medienarchiv


Bouchra Khalili at Museum Folkwang

The Tempest Society / Twenty-Two Hours

August 24 – October 21 2018


In her work in film, installation, and print the French-Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili has spent over ten years examining strategies and discourses of resistance of minorities, elaborating platforms from which their voices can be heard. Her protagonists speak from their own personal situations, formulate narratives of protest in their own languages and gradually join together to form one large, collective voice.

Her new video installation Twenty-Two Hours has its starting point in Jean Genet’s lasting support for revolutionary movements: in his writings the French author repeatedly expressed solidarity with the oppressed from all over the world, referring for example to the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, the civil rights movement founded in 1966 for African-American rights. In Bouchra Khalili’s video installation, two African-American women question the legacy of the African-American struggle for equal rights then and now, as well as well the position of the radical ally, as embodied by Genet. What traces remain of this history? How can we describe the essential link between the power of language and issues of self-representation? How do our history and its poetry influence our current existence and what do they tell us of the spirit of our time?

Parallel to Twenty-Two Hours Bouchra Khalili also presents The Tempest Society at the Museum Folkwang in Essen. This was her contribution to documenta 14 in 2017: three Athenians from different backgrounds form a group to examine the current state of Europe.




Bouchra Khalili, „The Tempest Society“ (Filmstill), 2017

© Bouchra Khalili


Open Source Festival hired IKS for trailer production


The Open Source Festival in Düsseldorf hired the IKS to produce eight trailer in our format "99 Seconds of:" on the artistic interventions at the festival.

Since 9 years the Open Source Festival and Professor Mischa Kuball invite Students from KHM Köln to Düsseldorf to contribute to the Festival program.Boxes, lodges and other localities on the festival ground are converted to show the work of art students reaching from Video art to film, Sound sculptures, photography or performance.





Ei Arakawa at Kunstverein Duesseldorf


Ei Arakawa. Performance People
May 12 – August 5, 2018

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande and Westfalen, Düsseldorf, proudly presents the first institutional solo exhibition of Japanese-born, New York-based artist Ei Arakawa. Since more than a decade, Arakawa produces and stages performances, hybrid scenarios, and erratic installations through interactions with various people and types of objects; artists, musicians, writers, and art historians as well as paintings and sculptural settings.

Following his exploration of painting’s performative potential in Harsh Citation, Harsh Pastoral, Harsh Münster for Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, Arakawa in Performance People revisits a seminal yet personal selection of performance art in order to re-evaluate the medium’s agency in our event- and influencer-driven society. He proposes an alternative reading of performance art, where its time-specificity is activated through an astrological analysis of the specific hour and place of “birth” of each work provided by American artist Sarah Chow.


"99 Seconds of:"


photo: Ralph Goertz © IKS

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

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