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A class of its own: photography as action space

February 1 through May 18, 2014
Exhibition by the Kupferstich-Kabinett (Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs) in the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau

The varied range of outlooks on life offered by photography at universities is always full of surprises. The exhibition “A class of its own - photography as action space” provides an example of one trend.

Timm Rautert (b. 1941), who lectured from 1993 to 2008 at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, is one of the most important catalysts for current trends in German photography. He belongs to the generation of photographers whose works opened up new artistic spaces for photography, encouraged academic interest in the medium and opened the doors for it to enter contemporary art collections.

  • Timm Rautert, Selbst, im Spiegel, 1972, Polaroid, auf Karton, copyright: Timm Rautert, Courtesy Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart 
 - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.
  • Bernhard Fuchs, Frau K., St. Margareten, aus der Serie Porträts, 1999, C-Print, copyright: Bernhard Fuchs  - Bild öffnet sich in einer Vergrößerungsansicht.


The exhibition presents a group of younger photographers that has formed around Timm Rautert. His groups of works are compared with pieces by his ex-students, among others Claudia Angelmaier, Viktoria Binschtok, Bernhard Fuchs, Sven Johne, Ricarda Roggan, Adrian Sauer, Sebastian Stumpf, Anett Stuth and Tobias Zielony. Visitors are invited to follow the various photographic dialogues and recognise the “speakers’” different artistic stances. Their innovative works confirm that the Saxon academies are just as modern today as they have ever been.