In partnership with Jeu de Paume, Paris, The Estate of Diane Arbus LLC, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam, The Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum is hosting a major retrospective of the work of American Photographer Diane Arbus, including a number of previously unseen pieces.
Diane Arbus captured and confronted a broad spectrum of American culture, from childhood to old age, from pro-war rallies to gay culture, celebrity portraits to slice of life meditations, focusing on the bustling, intertwined cultures of mid-20th century New York City. Arbus was particularly interested in “deviant” culture, photographic subjects often pushed to the margins of contemporary society. Addressing the rigid orthodoxy of post-war culture, Arbus’s work became a statement of recognition, using the photograph as a frame to address the unspoken truths of her social landscape, and bring them to life.
The show consists of a selection of 200 photographs, exhibited throughout multiple rooms of the museum, as well as an extensive biographical and critical evaluation of her work, making it a stellar introduction to this icon of documentary photography. The images
The exhibition is part of the ongoing Berlin Festival, and is on view until September 23rd.