[Return] Photography in the Weimar Republic 

Altonaer Museum

7 June - 13 August 2018

The 7th Triennial of Photography under the title Breaking Point. Searching for Change is about the potential of the medium of photography to stop the passage of time for a moment - and thus possibly initiate a change. In the exhibition [RETURN] Photography in the Weimar Republic we deal, among other things, with roots, heritage and learning from the past. At the same time, the exhibition is part of Hamburg's programme of events Commemorative Year 1918/19: Towards Democracy.

The eventful years of the Weimar Republic are not only characterised by revolution and innovation in politics and society, but also in such diverse areas as fashion and dance or technology and industry. Photography accompanies the young republic in all its developments, changes itself as a medium and reinvents itself in the process: technically, thematically and aesthetically.

In the Altonaer Museum, the exhibition approaches the era in four thematic areas: "Revolution and Republic", "From Slowfox to Grotesque Dance", "The Fashion of the Golden Twenties" and "From New Objectivity to New Vision" and provides impressions of events and trends from the years 1918 to 1933.

The selection of images compiled for the Triennial of Photography is a preview of the comprehensive exhibition Photography in the Weimar Republic 1918-1933, which will be shown at the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn in 2019. The local historical conditions of the Weimar period are represented by groups of works from the archive of the Altonaer Museum. Thus, photographs around the 'Altonaer Bloody Sunday' on 17 July 1932, which was used as a pretext for the removal of the Prussian government and the restriction of fundamental rights, point to the failure of democracy in the National Socialist terrorist state.

In cooperation with the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, the F.C. Gundlach Hamburg Foundation and the Deutsche Fotothek Dresden, supplemented by loans from ullstein bild Berlin.

Wednesday 6 June 17 h
Altonaer Museum