Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur was established following the acquisition of the August Sander Archive in 1992, which defines the direction of the institution's work. The Archive includes the world's largest collection of original works by the photographer as well as documents, books and other materials from his estate. In conjunction with VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and its sister societies, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stfitung Kultur also manages the international copyright to Sander's work.
In the light of Sander's straight, concept-oriented photography, the Collection has been extended to include related work by other historically important and contemporary artists. In line with the main focus of the Collection, additions have mainly taken the form of relatively large photographic projects and series and less often individual photographs. Major additions include works by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Karl Blossfeldt, Jim Dine and many others.
Over the last 15 years, the Collection has expanded continuously as a result of acquisitions, major donations and a significant body of works on permanent loan. All items are kept in a series of inhouse storerooms under approved conservationist conditions. Selected items are included in the institution's own exhibitions, displayed on loan at museums in Germany and abroad and featured in publications. By prior arrangement, selected photographs can be made available for inspection in the institution's study room.
Exhibitions and Publications
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur presents exhibitions in its own 450 m² museum-standard exhibition rooms. The exhibitions are designed by the team or occasionally by guest curators of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur or hosted as travelling exhibitions designed by other institutions. The programme is geared to the content of the Collection and the artistic standards inherent in it. In all cases, the exhibition work performed calls for sound scientific groundwork and research. Regardless of whether an exhibition has a historical or contemporary focus, the intentions of the artist are central to the presentation. There is no permanent exhibition of items from the Collection.
By prior arrangement, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur also puts together exhibitions from the Collection for other institutions and museums or makes available ready-to-install exhibitions which have been presented in its own gallery rooms. In many cases, the exhibitions are flanked by catalogues or special editions.
Guided Tours and Supporting Events
Public guided tours, lectures and film presentation as well as workshops for children are staged in connection with the exhibitions. Private guided tours of a current exhibition or presentations in the study room (only during the week) can be booked by groups.
Society of Patrons
In addition, the Society of Patrons of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur offers members a cultural programme with a photographic bias and supports the institution's work with membership fees, donations and acquisitions for the Collection.
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