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01 Mar 2012

Diane Arbus at Fotomuseum Winterthur

Photo: Diane Arbus, A young man in curlers at home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C. 1966 ©The Estate of Diane Arbus LLC

Diane Arbus
Fotomuseum Winterthur


Friday, March 2, 2012, from 6 pm till 9 pm.
Thomas Koerfer, President of the Foundation Fotomuseum Winterthur will give a welcoming address at 7 pm, and Urs Stahel will offer an introduction to the exhibition.
Diane Arbus March 3 till May 28, 2012 Opening times of Fotomuseum Winterthur Tue-Sun 11 am-6 pm, Wed 11 am-8 pm


+41 52 234 10 60
+41 52 233 60 97

Fotomuseum Winterthur
Grüzenstrasse 44+45
8400 Winterthur

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Diane Arbus (1923–1971) revolutionized the art she practiced. Her bold subject matter and photographic approach produced a body of work that is often shocking in its purity, in its steadfast celebration of things as they are. Her gift for rendering strange those things we consider most familiar, and for uncovering the familiar within the exotic, enlarges our understanding of ourselves. Arbus found most of her subjects in New York City, a place that she explored as both a known geography and as a foreign land, photographing people she discovered during the 1950s and 1960s. She was committed to photography as a medium that tangles with the facts. Her contemporary anthropology—portraits of couples, children, carnival performers, nudists, middle-class families, transvestites, zealots, eccentrics, and celebrities—stands as an allegory of the human experience, an exploration of the relationship between appearance and identity, illusion and belief, theater and reality.

This exhibition of two hundred photographs affords an opportunity to explore the origins, scope, and aspirations of a wholly original force in photography. It includes all of the artist's iconic photographs as well as many that have never been publicly exhibited. Even the earliest examples of her work demonstrate Arbus's distinctive sensibility.

This exhibition has been organized by Jeu de Paume, Paris, in collaboration with the Estate of Diane Arbus LLC, New York and with the participation of Fotomuseum Winterthur, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, and Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam.

Main Sponsor of the exhibition: Swiss Re

On the opening weekend a rarely seen slide-show by Diane Arbus (originally presented by herself in New York in 1970), which is based on an original sound recording, will be shown along with the documentary film Who is Marvin Israel? (2005) in cooperation with Filmfoyer; with an introduction by Neil Selkirk (Estate of Diane Arbus LLC, New York):
On Sunday, March 4, 2012, 11:00 am at Kino Loge in Winterthur (Oberer Graben 6)