The Susanne von Meiss Collection representatively covers all genres and styles in the history of photography – from the 1920s through to the present. It includes works by internationally renowned photographers, however for the main part it does not give preference to the iconic photographs but rather to unknown classics. The personal selection ranges from Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Rene Burri and Henri Cartier-Bresson through Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Paolo Roversi and August Sander to contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin, Nan Goldin, Daido Moriyama, Richard Prince and Juergen Teller.
The group exhibition is divided thematically into three chapters: “pose”, “experiment” and “staging the situative”. The photographs serve as a starting point for an art-historical analysis and observation, from an inner perspective, within the medium of photography.
The collection will be presented to the public for the first time at C/O Berlin. The exhibition encompasses approximately 250 photographs – including many unique and vintage prints, as well as photographs that were produced especially for the Susanne von Meiss Collection. The presentation has been curated by Felix Hoffmann and Birgit Filzmaier. A publication will be issued by Kehrer Verlag to accompany the exhibition.
Two vintage photographs by Richard Avedon from the 1950s were the initial inspiration for the Susanne von Meiss Collection. For 25 years now, the Swiss journalist, publicist and entrepreneur has been collecting photography with the special focus on “allure”– a personal compilation that transcends individual genres, styles and artists. The private collection currently includes approximately 400 works from Japan to South America. The art historian Birgit Filzmaier is curator and supervisor of the Susanne von Meiss Collection.