Faces. The Power of the Human Visage

Until 20 June 2021

Starting from Helmar Lerski’s outstanding photo series Metamorphosis through Light (1935/36), the exhibition Faces presents portraits from the period of the Weimar Republic.

The 1920s and ’30s saw photographers radically renew the conventional understanding of the classic portrait: their aim was no longer to represent an individual’s personality; instead, they conceived of the face as material to be staged according to their own ideas. In this, the photographed face became a locus for dealing with avant-garde aesthetic ideas as well as interwar-period social developments. And it was thus that modernist experiments, the relationship between individual and general type, feminist roll-playing, and political ideologies collided in—and thereby expanded—the general understanding of portrait photography.

Artists:
Gertrud Arndt, Marta Astfalck-Vietz, Irene Bayer, Aenne Biermann, Erwin Blumenfeld, Max Burchartz, Suse Byk, Paul Citroen, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Andreas Feininger, Werner David Feist, Trude Fleischmann, Jozef Glogowski, Paul Edmund Hahn, Lotte Jacobi, Grit Kallin-Fischer, Edmund Kesting,  Rudolf Koppitz, Kurt Kranz, Germaine Krull, Erna Lendvai-Dircksen, Helmar Lerski, László Moholy-Nagy, Lucia Moholy, Oskar Nerlinger, Erich Retzlaff, Hans Richter, Leni Riefenstahl, Franz Roh, Werner Rohde, Ilse Salberg, August Sander, Franz Xaver Setzer, Robert Siodmak, Anton Stankowski, Elfriede Stegemeyer, Edgar G. Ulmer, Umbo, Robert Wiene, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Willy Zielke

On view from 12 February bis 20 June 2021.

Image Gallery – 14 Images
Marta Astfalck-Vietz | Ohne Titel (Marta Vietz, Akt mit Spitze), um 1927 | Dietmar Katz/Berlinische Galerie © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Marta Astfalck-Vietz | Ohne Titel (Marta Vietz, Akt mit Spitze), um 1927 | Dietmar Katz/Berlinische Galerie © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Max Burchartz | Lotte (Auge), 1928 | Museum Folkwang, Essen © Bildrecht, Wien 2020
Max Burchartz | Lotte (Auge), 1928 | Museum Folkwang, Essen © Bildrecht, Wien 2020

 

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  • Cooperation partner Museum Folkwang

Publication

Publication | Faces. The Power of the Human Visage

Faces. The Power of the Human Visage

Starting with Helmar Lerski’s outstanding photo series Metamorphosis through Light (1935/36), this volume presents portraits from the period of the Weimar Republic. During the 1920s and ’30s, photographers radically revised the conventional understanding of the portrait. No longer were photographs intended to show the personality of the subject, rather the face was viewed as material for staging the photographer’s ideas and aesthetic agenda.

Faces. The Power of the Human Visage
Ed. Walter Moser
Hirmer Verlag
2021
248 pages
28.5 x 23 cm / soft cover
German EUR 34,90
English EUR 34,90