The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is proudly presenting an outstanding exhibition by street photography pioneer Robert Frank (1924 Zurich, CH – Nova Scotia, CAN).
Frank links his personal life story with a documentary perspective. His book The Americans, published in Paris in 1958 and a year later in the United States with an essay by Jack Kerouac, is a landmark in photo history.
The exhibition is being organized in close cooperation with the artist and his publisher Gerhard Steidl and will provide a comprehensive overview of his oeuvre, from his early works after leaving Switzerland in 1947 to the present day. The show sheds new light on different facets of his work. Frank’s photos will be displayed in the exhibition in the form of acrylic ink-jet prints on strips of newsprint up to four meters in length hung directly on the walls. “Quick, cheap and dirty,” as Frank puts it. The prints will be destroyed again after the exhibition has ended.
The transience of these prints reflects the fleeting impressions that Frank attempts to capture with his camera. Apart from the wall pictures that offer a close-up and unframed approach to his art, the photographer’s albums, which follow his personal narrative method, will also be on show. Frank has expressly stated that he hopes that this exhibition will reach a young audience, comprehensive, unpretentious, and accessible to everyone. A further highlight of the exhibition will be Frank’s films, which have been carefully restored and newly digitized.
Guest Curator: Gerhard Steidl | Curator: Christiane Kuhlmann, Curator Photography and Media Art, Museum der Moderne Salzburg | Supported by Pro Helvetia and Brigitte and Arend Oetker