Exhibition cooperations

In addition to the exhibition schedule at The Cube, which includes works that are part of the Collection as well as works from promoted projects – such as the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize or the C/O Talents programme – the Foundation makes an ongoing effort to develop further collaborations with cultural institutions both within and outside of Germany. In 2014, the Art Collection exhibition “Human Nature” was on display at the NRW Forum Düsseldorf as part of the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend. Since the first edition of the RAY photography projects Frankfurt/Rhine Main in 2012, the Art Collection has also been an important partner of the new “Foto-Triennale” in the Rhine-Main region and participates in the RAY photography projects both with works on loan and as an exhibition venue. As the Collection’s curator, Anne-Marie Beckman is also a member of the Ray curator team. In cooperation with the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, the special exhibition for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize was shown as part of the RAY photography projects at the museum’s exhibition space MMK3. As a main goal, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation seeks to continue to bring important photography exhibitions to Frankfurt and to make the Art Collection accessible to a broad audience outside of the exhibition space at the company’s headquarters.

Current collaborations

Photographs become Pictures. The Becher Class.
Exhibition at the Städel Museum Frankfurt am Main

27 April to 13 August 2017

Thomas Ruff, Porträt (G. Benzenberg), 1985, © Thomas Ruff/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

From 27 April 2017 the Städel Museum in Frankfurt is showing the exhibition "Photographs become Pictures. The Becher Class". The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation is supporting this exhibition with 25 loans. The show features works by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, Jörg Sasse and Thomas Struth from the Art Collection.

The term "Becher Class" or "Becher School" refers to a generation of photographers who studied under the renowned photographer Bernd Becher at the art academy Düsseldorf between 1976 and 1998. Bernd Becher and his wife Hilla enduringly shaped the medium of contemporary photography with the objective visual language of their black-and-white images of industrial complexes, water towers and building facades. The extensive exhibition on the Becher Class at the Städel Museum takes the work of this artist couple as its starting point and shows the radical change in how the so-called Becher students approached the medium of photography. The show features large-format main works as well as key early pieces by what is arguably the most influential generation of German photographers. With its some 200 photographs by internationally renowned artists including Volker Döhne, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Tata Ronkholz, Thomas Ruff, Jörg Sasse, Thomas Struth and Petra Wunderlich, the exhibition explores, among other things, the question as to what influence Bernd and Hilla Becher had on their students at the art academy Düsseldorf.

More information about the exhibition here.

Claudia Andujar. Tomorrow must not be like yesterday
Exhibition at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main

18 February to 25 June 2017


Claudia Andujar, from the series "Marcados", 1981–1983
Courtesy Claudia Andujar and Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil

This exhibition is the first in Europe to provide extensive insights into the œuvre of the photographer Claudia Andujar (b. in Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1931), a resident of Brazil. In the early 1980s, in connection with her activist involvement in efforts to protect and preserve the Yanomami, the largest indigenous ethnic group in the Amazon region, she produced "Marcado" (The Marked Ones). The portraits launched Andujar's in-depth exploration of the Yanomami culture and have come to be considered her single most important series. In the exhibition they are on view with other workgroups spanning the period from the 1960s to the present. In extraordinary portrayals of the Amazon region and the urban environment of São Paulo, the human being is mirrored in his relationship to society and politics, city and nature and enters into intense dialogue with the photographer's subjective viewpoint.

The exhibition has been made possible with a funding by Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation.