The galleries in Berlin are currently closed to visitors until further notice in order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Stay healthy, STAY AT HOME, and enjoy exploring the artworks digitally here on PiB! ps: Also follow PiB on Instagram for the upcoming takeovers by gallerists & artists!
Als Schutz vor der Verbreitung des COVID-19 Virus sind die Berliner Galerien für den Publikumsverkehr geschlossen. Bleibt gesund, BLEIBT ZUHAUSE, und genießt die Ausstellungen ausnahmsweise in digitaler Form hier auf PiB! Ps: Folgt PiB auf Instagram für die kommenden Takeovers von Galerist*innen & Künstler*innen!

Duo Exhibition / Retrospective

»Ruth and Lotte Jacobi«

An exhibition by KuK Monschau, curated by Dr. Nina Mika-Helfmeier

The exhibition brings together the photographic work of the two sisters Lotte and Ruth Jacobi. Born into a dynasty of photographers, they run the Jacobi photo studio together from 1931, in the middle of west Berlin on Kurfürstendamm, where the avant-garde is at home.

Lotte Jacobi became famous as a representative of “New Photography” as early as the 1920s, while her younger sister Ruth remained largely unknown. For the first time, the photographic work – consisting of portraits, still lifes, reports, photographs and experimental shots – of this fourth generation of a family of photographers, is united in one exhibition. In addition to black-and-white photographs, letters, personal documents, family photos and texts on history allow a deep insight into the world of the sisters.

Lotte Jacobi (1896-1990) took over her father’s studio in 1927 after completing a two-year training course as a photographer at the State Higher Technical School for Photo Technology in Munich. She is already known in the 1920s with her portraits, among others, by Albert Einstein, Käthe Kollwitz, Lotte Lenya or Klaus and Erika Mann.

Ruth Jacobi (1899-1995) was in the shadow of her sister all her life. She received her training at the Photography Institute of the Lette Association in Berlin. Her work includes portraits, still lifes, reportage and travel photographs as well as plant and experimental photographs. To this day, the oeuvre of Ruth Jacobi has been little researched.

In addition to the black and white photographs, numerous letters, personal documents and photos of the Jacobi family from their time in West Prussia, Berlin and the USA are shown. This creates a personal picture of one of the oldest families of photographers in pre-war Germany.

The exhibitions ‘Echoes of War’ and ‘NEW ERA?’ by Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus run in parallel until Oct 25, 2020.

In cooperation with:
KuK Monschau, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, University of New Hampshire
Part of EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography 2020
Oct 1 — 31, 2020
Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus e.V. (FkWBH)

Sep 26, 2020 — Jan 10, 2021

Stresemannstraße 28, 10963 Berlin
[District: Kreuzberg | Borough: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg]

New (temporary) opening hours: Sat & Sun 10 am – 8 pm.
Closing days in 2020: Nov 7/14/15/21 + Dec 5/12/13/26.

Admission free | Photo ID required | Access only with a time-slot ticket

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