Esteemed audience! With this welcoming formula, circus directors advertise the upcoming attractions. With this title, we are putting our equally revered audience in the mood for the pictures of Stuttgart-based photographer Wolf Harhammer and our first exhibition in the new rooms at the Ziegenbein manufactory.
Wolf Harhammer (*1941 in Weimar) photographed circus performers and showmen in impressive black and white portraits at the Cannstatter Wasen and other fairgrounds between 1972 and 1976. His pictures allow us to look behind the curtain of time, giving us an insight into a strange, strange, almost forgotten world. As a prop man at the Sarrasani circus and balloon seller at the folk festival, he himself belonged to the "traveling people" for a while, as he writes in a short text to his book "Zwei Wirklichkeiten" (Two Realities), published by Trikont-Dianus Verlag in 1981. The pictures and negatives have lain in his "archive realities" archive boxes for long enough over the last five decades. It's time to raise the curtain! Clear the ring...come and be amazed!
We also owe the exhibition and rediscovery of Wolf Harhammer's works to his daughter, Anna Holtz, with whom we work very closely on the exhibition concept and realization.
One further note: from February 9 to May 26, 2024, Wolf Harhammer will be making another, much larger appearance than in our modest rooms! Under the title "Two Realities", the Museum Folkwang, Essen, is showing an extensive selection of his prints to mark the inclusion of the pictures in the collection.
Opening Friday, January 26, 7 p.m.
The artist is present
Exhibition January 26–March 30, 2024
Opening hours Tue–Fr, 2–6 p.m., Saturdays vary
Saturday 17.2.: closed