Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014

Following the great success of the first two Duesseldorf Photo Weekends 2012 and 2013, this event will now take place again for the third time from January 31 to February 2 2014. Numerous galleries, museums and institutions from the Duesseldorf art and photography scene will open their doors for an entire weekend to show exhibitions and hold events on the theme of photography.

The launch of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014 will be the opening on Thursday January 31 2014 in the NRW Forum with the exhibition under the theme “Heimat” (The Fatherland) from the DZ Bank Frankfurt, which will be showing extracts from its collection. The DZ Bank owns one of the most important collections of photography in Germany. A small catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

In the north wing of the NRW Forum the exhibition of the U.S. master photographer Duane Michals (born 1932) will be opened at the same time. Michals became especially renowned for his sequence photography, which he completes with handwritten texts. The exhibition shows photographs from the late 50s and finishes with his newest works, the so called Tintypes. These are old photographic plates which Michals has painted over. Parallel to the exhibition a new film will be shown about Michals: “The Man Who Invented Himself”, directed by Camille Guichard.

Duane Michals, 
The Illuminated Man, 1968 © Duane Michals 
Courtesy Galerie Clara Maria Sels / Admira Milan

We are delighted that Duane Michals will in Düsseldorf for the opening of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend with many thanks to Air Berlin.

More than 24 galleries and institutions with photography exhibitions have contacted Clara Sels, the organiser of the event. The Polish Institute are dedicating a retrospective on the classical Polish photographer Jerzy Lewczynski under the title of “The Memory of the Picture”. In a solo exhibition, the collection Philara Werke will show the work of the artist Natalie Czech. The Malkasten Duesseldorf will present, under the title “ANTIFOTO”, the work of the British partnership MacDonaldStrand.

The exhibition programme will be complemented by a series of events.

The opening will be at he NRW Forum on January 30 at 19:00. This is a public opening, you do not need an invitation to attend.

On Friday January 31 at 22:00 these will kick off with a party with the legendary British DJ Rusty Egan at the NRW Forum. You are all invited! Come along and party with us!

On Saturday February 1 the Portfolio Review will take place from 12:00-20:00 in the NRW Forum where national and international photography magazines may be viewed in the Magazine Salon.

The programme for the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014 is available here.
The Photo Weekend has, just as last year, invited European curators to come and gain an overall impression of the current photography scene in the Duesseldorf galleries and institutions taking part. Amongst those that will visiting Düsseldorf will be curators from some of the world's most prestigious arts institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum London, the Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, the MACBA, Barcelona and the Photography Museum, Antwerp.

Tours will be offered around the various parts of town where the galleries are concentrated. Details coming up on the website this week. These will be in German, but your guide is likely to speak some English, as will most gallery owners and assistants. Book a tour, they are very popular and a great way of finding all the different locations with ease. I will be giving a tour in English, but cannot do so over the actual Photo Weekend; as yet I have to set a date. Most galleries will be showing their exhibitions after the weekend.

Duesseldorf will show, once again, that this city is a metropolis for modern photography. The international press last year were most impressed by the diversity of the shows and sheer number of galleries taking part and at how very much our city has to offer.
Once again, it's going to be a great show!

Construct NYC 12
© Barbara Kasten
Galerie Kadel Willborn 

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014
January 31 - February 2 
Opening at the NRW Forum January 31 19:00
Opening Party with Rusty Egan at the NRW Forum January 31 at 22:00
Ehrenhof 2
40479 Düsseldorf