Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is celebrating the inauguration of its newly renovated Philips Wing with Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century – a stunning show of over 400 photographies tracing key developments of the genre during the 20th century. This includes explorations on topics like the introduction of colour, the growth of documentary and news photography, photography as a pure art form as well as its role in fashion and advertising.
Curated by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom and accompanied by an extensive catalogue the exhibition presents rare photographs by Brassaï, Ed van der Elsken, John Gutmann, Lewis Hine, William Klein, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, László Moholy-Nagy, Eadweard Muybridge, Man Ray and W. Eugene Smith.
Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century ranges over the whole of the century, and also spans the decades on either side. The earliest images are Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies, including a galloping horse from 1887, and George Hendrik Breitner’s early photographs. The exhibition’s most recent works were shot in Suriname in 2013 by the exciting Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen. Among the rarest masterpieces are photographs by John Gutmann (Olympic diver), László Moholy-Nagy (Pont Transbordeur), Man Ray’s Peggy Guggenheim, Lartigue’s early photographs of home-made aeroplanes and Joel Meyerowitz’s Moon Launch.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history. Its photography collection is has earned international acclaim, both for its range and depth. It is especially remarkable for its large number of original vintage prints, which are often extremely rare. In many cases, the Rijksmuseum holds the only original print known to exist of an image, or that is, at the very most, one of just a few.
The Museum’s Philips Wing, newly renovated by Spanish architects Cruz y Ortiz, will open its doors for the first time on 1 November 2014 with the launch of Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century – which will occupy all nine of the Wing’s new exhibition rooms.
PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE 20TH CENTURY
01 November – 11 January
Amsterdam / Netherlands
ART & DESIGN FAIRS
FRIEZE MASTERS 03 OCT/ 06 OCT
FRIEZE LONDON 03 OCT/ 06 OCT
FIAC PARIS17 OCT/ 20 OCT
PARIS PHOTO 07 NOV/ 10 NOV
SCOPE MIAMI 03 DEC/ 08 DEC
DESIGN MIAMI 04 DEC/ 08 DEC
ART BASEL MIAMI 05 DEC/ 08 DEC