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The Stiftungspreis Fotokunst (foundation prize for photographic art) from the Alison and Peter Klein foundation highlights the special importance of contemporary photography in Sammlung Klein (the Klein collection). It comes with the award of 10,000 euros and is set up as a sponsorship prize for young artists who live and work in Germany. This year, it will be awarded for the fifth time. The subject, Gegenwart | Erinnerung (Present | Memory) gives a clue to the content here.


Present | Memory: two terms that do not produce a classic conceptual pairing but rather oppose each other – in apparent contradiction – referring on the one hand to the present time and on the hand to the human capacity to recall facts, perceptions and emotions from the repository of the mind. Nevertheless, in reference to something that has been, the act of remembering includes the aspect of temporality, in that it links the past with the present.


The two terms form the content framework of the foundation prize for photographic art from the Alison and Peter Klein foundation, the awarding of which is associated with an exhibition at KUNSTWERK. Ten artists have been nominated for it by a jury. We are now pleased to present the selected items of contemporary photography in Hängung #22. They refer to the title of the foundation prize by showing places as spaces of subjective or collective memory, reflecting on their identity-defining function in different temporal dimensions and challenging traditional concepts of photography as a medium of memory.


TOUR #22



We must postpone the opening of Hängung #22 Gegenwart | Erinnerung. Stiftungspreis Fotokunst 2020 (foundation prize for photographic art). As part of the measures to counter the further spread of the coronavirus, KUNSTWERK will also remain closed for the near future. We will, of course, let you know as soon as we are able to set a new date for the vernissage.


Alison and Peter W. Klein have exhibited their art collection in the museum designed by Folker Rockel since October 2007.


An 68 pp catalogue (German) is published for the exhibition Hängung #22 – Gegenwart .

15 Euro

Available from March 27th by Email (plus additional shipping cost).