»Wanderlust and Idleness«
Landscape, Tours, and Detours in Leisure Culture:
Contemporary Photography in Dialog with the Permanent Collection
Boris Becker | Francis Bedford | Louis Auguste und Auguste Rosalie Bisson | Katharina Bosse | Käthe Buchler | Rebecca Hackemann | Calvert Richard Jones | Erik Kessels | Andreas Meichsner | Jürgen Nefzger | Christian Paier | Txema Salvans | Charles R. Savage | Pascal Sébah | Félix Teynard | Christa Zeißig
Curated by Barbara Hofmann-Johnson (Director, Museum für Photographie Braunschweig)
Summer and holidays are the occasion for a new exhibition at the Museum of Photography Braunschweig on the themes of travel, vacation, leisure time, and of the “slowing down” of landscape as experienced and imagined by artists. The exhibition presents works from the Museum’s permanent collection since the 19 th century and contemporary photographic works from international artists.
As viewed within the history of photography since its development in the 19thcentury and the parallel developments in human mobility through technological advancements, travel photography emerged as an increasingly important theme. Ideas such as the perception of the natural sublime and the culturally significant – made visible through the activity of travel, led to the development of tourism in the 20th century that in turn made travel possible for many. Whether with the private automobile, the mobile home, train or airplane – excursions, leisure time in nature, travel or beach culture belong to our collective experience, whereby the social safeguarding of vacation days also manifests itself within the collective workplace. This artistic photography examines the subject matter through differing areas of content. In turn, the exhibition presents international examples while incorporating works from the Museum’s permanent collection.
The exhibition was curated by Barbara Hofmann-Johnson, Director, Museum of Photography Braunschweig.
Several special programs and events will accompany the exhibition, including a renewed cooperation with the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum and a lecture by the renowned actor, author, and photographer Hanns Zischler. On Sept. 28th Zischler will discuss Opération Béton, the first film of Jean-Luc Goddard from 1954. The documentary was created during the construction of the well-known Grande Dixence dam in Switzerland, upon which Goddard himself worked. The dam is featured in the exhibition with Boris Becker’s large format photo work Lac de Dixence from 2003.
Note: All accompanying events will be held in German.
Friday, July 19, 2019, 7 pm
Opening reception and summer party
Greeting: Regine von Monkiewitsch, Chairwoman of the Board, Museum of Photography Braunschweig.
Introduction: Barbara Hofmann-Johnson, Director, Museum of Photography Braunschweig, exhibition curator.
Sundays, 4 pm
(With free admission every first Thursday of the month)
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 3 pm
Artist Talk / Guided Tour (held in German) with the museum team in dialogue with participating artists Boris Becker, Katharina Bosse, Erik Kessels and Jürgen Nefzger.
Thursdays, Aug 1 + Sep 5, 2019, 1 – 8 pm
Every first Thursday of the month: extended opening hours until 8 pm, free admission, and guided tour (held in German) at 6 pm.
Sunday, Aug 11, 2019, 3 pm
Family tour (held in German) of the exhibition with Vanessa Wodniczak-Pless.
Sunday, Sep 15, 2019, 11:30 am
»Wanderlust and Idleness. On Arcadian Landscapes and Leisure Culture.«
Guided Tours (held in German) at the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum and Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, with Dr. des. Sarah Babin, Department of Paintings, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum and Franziska Habelt M.A., Museum für Photographie Braunschweig.
Admission: 9 € | Registration via or Tel +49 531 1225 2424 (Mon – Fri 10 am – 5 pm)
Saturday, Sep 28, 2019, 2 – 4 pm
Special Program with Hanns Zischler at Universum Filmtheather Braunschweig
The actor, author and photographer will lecture on Opération Béton, Jean-Luc Goddard’s first film from 1954, made during the construction of the Grande Dixence dam. Godard himself worked on the dam, and the well-known concrete structure is featured in the exhibition in Boris Becker’s landscape photography. The lecture will be held in German. Admission: 10 €, Registration/Information: or Tel +49 531 75000.
Sunday, Sep 29, 2019, 4 pm
Finissage & Guided Tour (held in German) with Anne Wriedt, research assistant, Museum of Photography, Braunschweig, artist Andreas Meichsner and additional artists featured in the exhibition.
July 20 — Sep 29, 2019
Opening Reception & Summer Party: Friday, July 19, 7 pm
Accompanying program: please see above
Helmstedter Straße 1 · 38102 Braunschweig
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 1 – 6 pm, Sat & Sun 11 am – 6 pm
Admission: 3,50 € / reduced 2,00 €. Free admission every first Thursday of the month.
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