Painting in

Strategies of Appropriation

27 June to 23 September 2012

From 27 June to 23 September 2012, the Städel Museum showed the exhibition “Painting in Photography. Strategies of Appropriation”. The comprehensive presentation highlighted the influence of painting on the imagery produced by contemporary photographic art. Based on the museum’s own collection and including important loans from the DZ Bank Kunstsammlung as well as international private collections and galleries, the exhibition at the Städel centered on about 60 examples, among them major works by László Moholy-Nagy, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Wolfgang Tillmans, Thomas Ruff, Jeff Wall, and Amelie von Wulffen. Whereas the influence of the medium of photography on the “classic genres of art” has already been the subject of analysis in numerous exhibitions and publications, less attention has been paid to the impact of painting on contemporary photography to date. The show at the Städel explored the reflection of painting in the photographic image by pursuing various artistic strategies of appropriation which had one thing in common: they rejected the general expectation held about photography that it will document reality in an authentic way.

Image: Thomas Ruff, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

CURATORS: Dr. Martin Engler and Carolin Köchling, Städel Museum
SPONSORED BY: Museumskooperationspool der Stadt Frankfurt am Main

The publication was supported by the DZ BANK and the Georg und Franziska Speyer’schen Hochschulstiftung.