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»Twenty Years of the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung.
Photography, Film, Painting, Drawing«

Alfred Ehrhardt

Curated by Dr. Christiane Stahl, Stefanie Odenthal, Dr. Marie Christine Jádi, Rosa Russo

This fall the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung is celebrating its twentieth anniversary and we would like to honor this milestone with a comprehensive exhibition of Alfred Ehrhardt’s multifaceted work!

The anniversary exhibition is curated by director Dr. Christiane Stahl, curators Stefanie Odenthal and Dr. Marie Christine Jádi, and photo conservator Rosa Russo. Under the heading “four women, four views,” we are presenting very personal highlights from Alfred Ehrhardt’s (1901–84) work and the foundation’s extensive archive holdings. This includes favorite pieces and favorite stories, never-before presented works, previously lost works, and archive materials waiting for their secrets to be revealed. The full spectrum of universal talent Alfred Ehrhardt’s work will be presented – from painting to photography to film, with astounding, exciting, and stimulating discoveries to be made.

This includes a newly discovered work in tempera, which only recently turned up in a portfolio, together with other unknown, outstanding works on paper, in the attic of the artist’s son. Also, for the first time, a selection of photographs is dedicated not to the diverse motifs of the well-known series Das Watt (The Tidelands) but focuses instead on the range of photographic materials represented in the foundation’s archive. Moreover, we offer insight into our archive work using as an example the still completely undiscovered series Deutschlandfahrt 49, showing how some images first needed to be linked to geographic locations and to have their unanswered questions solved. Lastly, the exhibition takes up the photo negative as a subject of observation, research, and dating: starting with a glass negative, we explore photography’s hidden mysteries and the innate beauty of these mostly unseen artifacts.

Our intimate, in-house cinema will offer a unique viewing experience where we will be screening a thirty-minute compilation of Alfred Ehrhardt’s award-winning experimental 35 mm short films, whose re-digitization in 4K quality was made possible with funding from the FFA (German Federal Film Board). The highlight of our milestone will then be the presentation of these films on the big screen: a Germany-wide retrospective curated by Hamburg film historian Thomas Tode marking the twentieth anniversary of the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung will open on November 18, 2022 at the renowned art-house cinema Babylon on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.

Twenty years of the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung means being able to look back on more than 140 exhibitions at home and abroad, thirty catalogues, 140 events, 20,000 visitors a year; the renovation of Alfred Ehrhardt’s birthplace and the establishment of a museum space in Triptis; the uncovering of Alfred Ehrhardt’s ceiling paintings in the monastery church of Lamspringe; the cataloguing of 20,000 silver gelatin prints, 13,000 negatives, and his comprehensive writings and correspondence; the restoration of 1,000 glass negatives and the digitization in cinema quality of the twelve most important, award-winning experimental films by Alfred Ehrhardt. Over the past twenty years of studying, evaluating, indexing, cataloging, digitizing, and restoring, there has been much to discover!

The volume Alfred Ehrhardt – Malerei, 208 pages, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft Darmstadt 2022, 40 €, is being published on the occasion of the jubilee.

Framework program

Accompanying events for this exhibition will be announced here in time. Also feel free to sign up for our digital, weekly #pibnewsletter for upcoming highlights & events!

All events will be held in German, admission free. Please register for each event in advance via e-mail.

Thursday, Sep 22, 2022, 6 pm
Guided Tour
with Dr Marie Christine Jádi, Archive Director / Curator Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung.

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2022, 7 pm
by Thomas Tode, filmmaker, curator and publicist, Hamburg: »Alfred Ehrhardts Filme. Von der Abstraktion des Bauhauses zu Rhythmus, Polyphonie und Serialität«.

Thursday, Oct 20, 2022, 6 pm
Guided Tour
with Stefanie Odenthal, Foundation Manager / Curator Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung.

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022, 2 pm
with Rosa Russo and Dr Marie Christine Jádi: Approaches to a more precise dating of the coral collection of Alfred Ehrhardt.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2022, 6 pm
Guided Tour
with Dr Christiane Stahl, Director Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung.

Thursday, Dec 1, 2022, 6 pm
Guided Tour
with Rosa Russo, Photo conservator Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung.

Friday, Nov 18, 2022, 8 pm
Film gala for the 20th birthday of the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation
»Alfred Ehrhardt – der filmende Bauhäusler. Vom Bauhaus zu Rhythmus, Serialität und Polyphonie«
On November 18, 2022, the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation will be 20 years old! On this occasion the foundation invites you to the Babylon to the film gala with live music and a subsequent reception. Admission is free. We look forward to celebrating with you! The online tickets for this event are already sold out, but there are still a few spots left on our guest list!
Thursday, Nov 24, 2022, 8 pm
Alfred Ehrhardt – The filmingBauhäusler II: Bauhaus views: Life processes made visible by the media. Online ticket
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022, 8 pm
Alfred Ehrhardt – The FilmingBauhäusler III: Views of Art: Classic & Modern. Online ticket
Thursday, Dec 15, 2022, 8 pm
Alfred Ehrhardt – The filming Bauhäusler IV: Iceland’s physical states: solid, liquid, gaseous. Online ticket

Sep 17 — Dec 23, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, Sep 16, 7 – 9 pm
+ Framework program: please see above

Auguststraße 75, 10117 Berlin
[District: Mitte | Borough: Mitte]

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11 am – 6 pm

Admission free | Barrier-free access

+++ Please pay attention to the current Corona regulations of the respective gallery/institution. +++ Bitte beachten Sie die aktuellen Corona-Bestimmungen der jeweiligen Galerie/Institution.

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