Diane Arbus

Aug 14, 2012


Martin-Gropius-Bau currently presents a selection of two hundred photographs that offer an opportunity to explore the origins and aspirations in the photography of Diane Arbus. The exhibition shows all of the artist’s iconic photographs as well as many that have never before been publicly exhibited. Rather than a chronological, thematic or academic approach, the Martin-Gropius-Bau currently presents Daine Arbus’ singularly powerful images accompanied only by the artist’s own titles so that each viewer encounters the images much as the photographer encountered her subjects: directly and unencumbered by preconceptions.

Diane Arbus (New York, 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. 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.

Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin

June 22nd – September 23rd, 2012
Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin