Masterpieces from the Photographic Collection
Museum Ludwig has one of the most important collections on the artistic and cultural history of photography, which includes the Lebeck and Agfa Collections. 60 outstanding works will be exhibited from it beginning August 2009 in a new, dedicated gallery. These will be presented to the audience - as will all new acquisitions in the future - so that the history of photography is given the recognition it deserves in the museum's rooms, in accordance with the outstanding importance of the collections. The presentation ranges from artist portraits by Edward Steichen, Heinrich Kühn, Hugo Erfurth, George Platt Lynes and Cecil Beaton, to exposures by Irving Penn, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Weegee and Robert Dois-neau, and to legendary photographs by Margaret Bourke White, Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz. All of these photographs have an established place in the history of photographic art and culture, and are rarely ever missing in historical presentations of photography. Apart from these, the exhibition will also present a number of newly-discovered masterpieces that are still scarcely known, such as "Reflection" by Erwin von Dessauer or the "Arrival of the S.S. Bremen in New York" by Bernd Lohse.