Future exhibition

NEAR IS THE LAND THEY CALL LIFE. Dieter Nuhr in dialogue with the Ludwig collection

08.10.2023 – 12.11.2023

Known as a cabaret artist and critical contemporary, Dieter Nuhr not only entertains on television, but also on the stages of the republic. In addition to his profession as a comedian, the studied teacher, who passed his first state examination in the subjects of fine arts and history at the University of Essen in 1988, has been thinking more about his artistic roots again in recent years. Always, mainly during his travels, he took photographs of places and people that often go unnoticed. A shabby house wall, a garbage-covered entrance, a tired old woman – everyday things that Dieter Nuhr pays special attention to with his attentive eye. Nevertheless, his pictures do not see themselves as documentary illustrations. By subjecting his photographs to painterly and graphic processing, he makes visible the disappearance of the real in memory. He digitally reworks most of his photographs on the computer.

In the Ludwig Museum, he will for the first time enter into a dialogue with the works currently on display in the Ludwig Collection.

Since 2017, Nuhr has also been exhibiting his work across Europe and Asia, for example at the Gallery Pékin Fine Arts in Beijing, in Shanghai at the Photo Fair, at the Luxehills Art Museum in Chengdu, at the Gallery Reiners Contemporary Art in Marbella, at the 15. Shanghai Photography Art Exhibition, at the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice and most recently at the Musée Théodore-Monod d’Art Africain in Dakar in 2022. The presentation is funded by the Brost Foundation, Essen.


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