The Walther Collection is pleased to announce ‘After Eden’, the most extensive exhibition to date drawn from the collection. Curated by Simon Njami and presented by la maison rouge, the exhibition includes more than eight hundred images from the 1880s to the present.
‘After Eden‘ imagines a fallen, post-paradisiacal world in which photographic practices of documentation, categorization and sequencing reflect the human thirst for knowledge. Illustrating the evolution of German conceptual photography at the turn of the twentieth century, the exhibition considers the profound influence of Karl Blossfeldt, August Sander and Bernd and Hilla Becher, artists associated with establishing the visual language of systematic and objective imagery. At the same time, the exhibition presents works by contemporary artists who appropriate and disrupt such regimes to stage interventions in their local communities, in the world at large and in the history of photography.
After Eden features works by Ai Weiwei, Dieter Appelt, Nobuyoshi Araki, Richard Avedon, Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboyé, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Sammy Baloji, Jodi Bieber, Karl Blossfeldt, Candice Breitz, Theo Eshetu, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Samuel Fosso, David Goldblatt, Huang Yan, Pieter Hugo, Seydou Keïta, Hiroh Kikai, Yoshikazu Suzuki and Shohachi Kumura, Ma Liuming, Luo Yongjin, Christine Meisner, Arwed Messmer, Duane Michals, Sabelo Mlangeni, Santu Mofokeng, Daido Moriyama, Zanele Muholi, Eadweard Muybridge, Jo Ractliffe, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, August Sander, Stephen Shore, Malick Sidibé, Penny Siopis, Song Dong, Thomas Struth, Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, Guy Tillim, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Yang Fudong, and Zhang Huan, as well as selections of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century portraits, albums, and ethnographic and scientific studies.