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The two artistic positions of Edward S. Curtis and Will Wilson are separated by around 100 years and reflect different perspectives on the representation and perception of the indigenous population of North America in the exhibition entitled …als würden allein diese Bilder bleiben (…As if Only These Pictures Remained). Their works emerge in relation to popular notions of “the Indians”, which are generally shaped by the stories of Karl May and their film adaptations.


Which images come to mind, when we hear on the one hand about “the Indians” and on the other hand about “native Americans”? Even the different names for the first Americans evoke different mental scenarios. You probably initially think of childhood games, books, films with Winnetou and Old Shatterhand as the heroes, or – like today’s children – tales of Yakari that are familiar from comic films. The second term reflects a different, contemporary perspective, one of which there are far fewer pictures than of the former.
Shaped over a long period, where do the notions of “the Indians” come from? How are they viewed from the perspective of a present-day indigenous position? In the exhibition ... als würden allein diese Bilder bleiben (…As if Only These Pictures Remained), KUNSTWERK allows historical and contemporary photographs to speak. It creates a dialogue between the photogravure, photographic and goldtone prints of Edward S. Curtis (1868 – 1952) and the works – presented in Western Europe for the first time – of multimedia artist Will Wilson (*1969), who lives in Santa Fe and is himself a member of the Navajo/Diné nation.



The oeuvre of the Irish-American artist Sean Scully is one of the most important positions in contemporary painting. His equally abstract and expressive works develop a fascinating presence and radiance in space. The exhibition at the KUNSTWERK Sammlung Klein presents a selection of paintings and graphic works as well as a sculpture by Sean Scully and directs its focus on object-like, physical aspects also in the artist’s painterly oeuvre as well.


Public Tours in June / July 2023

Sunday 4. June| 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday 7. June | 3 p.m.
Sunday 18. June | 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday 21. June | 3 p.m.

Sunday 2. July | 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday 5. July 3 p.m.
Sunday 16. July | 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday 19. July | 3 p.m.

Public Tours

Public tours generally take place every first and third Wednesday of the month at 3.00 pm, and every first and third Sunday at 11.30 am and 3.00 pm. As deviations from the norm are possible, please refer to the summary for individual times. Attendance fee: 5 euros. Registration is not required at present for attendance.

Tours for private groups can be given even outside of the opening hours. Group fee: 80 Euros.
Information and application: kunstwerk@sammlung-klein.de or +49 (0) 7042-3769566.


Opening Hours Museum:
Wednesday to Friday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday and Bank Holidays: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Opening Hours CafeK:
Wednesday and Thursday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

KUNSTWERK and CafeK are open on Pentecost (Sunday and Monday).


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