Upcoming exhibition

Color Mania – The Material of Color in Photography and Film


Since the earliest days of cinema, film has been a colorful medium and art form. More than 230 film color processes have been devised in the course of film history, often in close connection with photography. For instance, the screen process Dufaycolor was initially developed in the context of still photography before being used in motion pictures in the 1930s. The exhibition highlights the historical connections of color as a material in photography and film and also presents the application of historical color processes and techniques in the work of contemporary photographers and artists. Alongside iconic works, the exhibition will feature rare exhibits that were discovered within research projects on this theme, as well as works that, in some cases, artists are specially creating for the exhibition. Among the contemporary artists are Dunja Evers, Raphael Hefti, Barbara Kasten and Alexandra Navratil.

The exhibition is realized in collaboration with the SNSF as Agora-project of the University of Zurich, the research projects ERC Advanced Grant: FilmColors. Bridging the Gap between Technology and Aesthetics and SNF Film Colors. Technologies, Cultures, Institutions of Prof. Dr. Barbara Flückiger. Curated by Nadine Wietlisbach and guest curator Dr. Eva Hielscher.

Alexandra Navratil, All That Slides, Strikes, Rises and Falls, 2015 © Alexandra Navratil/Dan Gunn Gallery, London. Photo: Installation view BolteLang, Zurich © Alexander Hana


Because the Night


Going out, diving into the dancing crowd, escaping the daily grind for a few brief hours with self-indulgent abandon; clubs are places where subcultures form, the marginalised can feel at home, and secret identities can be lived out. Different (music) scenes unite the social and political attitudes of those who create them and those who celebrate them. This exhibition and the accompanying magazine are dedicated to these special hours of the night. Photographic works by Bieke Depoorter, Georg Gatsas, Bárbara Wagner, Tobias Zielony and others showcase the multi-facetted world of clubbing in various countries, reflecting on their different cultural mores and latest aesthetics.

The programme of events and the publication are the result of a collaboration with zweikommasieben magazine.

Bieke Depoorter, aus der Serie Agata. Paris, France, 2017 ©Bieke Depoorter/Magnum Photos