Accompanying the exhibition "In an Instant," a book showing Fred Stein's work has been published by the Kehrer Verlag. Stein left behind a complex and existensive oeuvre which this publication presents comprehensively for the first time.
The book includes texts by Cilly Kugelmann, Gilles Moras, Rosemary Sullivan and Theresia Ziehe.
Fred Stein (1909, Dresden – 1967, New York) was a master of the art of street photography. As an early pioneer of the hand-held camera, he captured poignant moments in the street life of two of the world’s great cities: Paris and New York where he lived after fleeing from Nazi Germany.
This same immediacy infuses his penetrating portraits of the great personalities of the era, among them Albert Einstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Marc Chagall, or the portraits of Gerda Taro and Robert Capa, recovered in the legendary Mexican Suitcase. Stein’s images are a vital document of the 20th century and an important part of photo history.
"Fred Stein was well aware of the responsibility the photographer bears for showing respect to his subjects and ensuring the veracity of his pictures, whether they portrayed people on the street or in their own living rooms. In this sense, he became in a completely unexpected way an advocate for humanity." Cilly Kugelmann
R.B. Kitaj is one of the most interesting and significant artists of the twentieth century and the subject of the Jewish Museum Berlin's first retrospective in 14 years. Drawing for the first time on R.B. Kitaj's extensive personal archive and estate, the exhibition presents an objective overview of the artist's œuvre independent of his quirks.
The book accompanying the exhibition depicts colored images of the 130 exhibited works as well as numerous pictures and documents from the estate which reveal Kitaj's influences and working process. Five elaborately designed fold-out pages each show analyses of important paintings. Eight essays examine the life, œuvre and relevance of a painter who has unjustly fallen out of general favor.
Cilly Kugelmann, Eckart Gillen, Hubertus Gaßner (eds.), essays by Tracy Bartley, Inka Bertz, Edward Chaney, Martin Roman Deppner, Michal Friedlander, Eckhart Gillen, Cilly Kugelmann und Richard Morphet, David N. Myers
(at the museum shop), regular bookstore price: 48 euros
A catalog accompanying the exhibition "Russians Jews Germans. Photographs by Michael Kerstgens from 1992 to the Present" was published by Kehrer Art Books, Heidelberg. It includes more than 120 pictures as well as essays by Michael Kerstgens, Hanno Loewy and Wolfgang Büscher (German version only).
This book is the last part of photographer Michael Kerstgens’ long-running project on Jewish life in Germany. The point of departure for his documentation in this volume is the period of reorientation of Jewish life in Germany following reunification and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since 1990, thousands of socalled "Kontingentflüchtlinge," or Jewish contingent refugees, have flocked to Germany from Russia and the Soviet successor states. Their work revolves around social life in the Jewish communities and all the religious and social challenges they face. The book closes with current reports on Jewish families that Kerstgens already photographed in the early 1990s.
From the turn of the 19th to the 20th century until after World War I, Berlin was a place of refuge and a way station for tens of thousands of Jews from Eastern Europe. Drawing on their wide social networks and fluency in many languages, the immigrants shaped the city culturally and socially, though much of their activity is absent in Berlin’s cultural memory.
The exhibition catalogue "Berlin Transit" follows the immigrants’ footsteps and takes a close look at artworks, documents, books, photos and objects which testify to the diverse experiences of eastern European Jews in Berlin of the Weimar Republic. Ten essays describe their points of departure and their legal situations as well as critically analyse some of the better-known photos from the 'Scheunenviertel.' They provide insights into the life of a family in 'Charlottengrad' and pay homage to the cultural and literary production of this particular historical episode.