On the occasion of the 60th birthday of the photo artist Jitka Hanzlová, the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg and the Museum für Photographie Braunschweig present a two-part overview show with works since 1990. The two exhibitions deal with different thematic focuses and show well-known works of the different series and the film work Rokytník, which has not yet been presented.

Jitka Hanzlová (*1958 in Nachod, Czechoslovakia) came to Essen in 1982 and studied photography there from 1987. Among other awards, she received the Otto Steinert Prize and the BMW-Paris Photo Prize. Her works have been shown in the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the Museum Folkwang Essen, the Fotomuseum Winterthur and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Hanzlová's books have become coveted collector's items.

The photographic works of the artist captivate equally by objectivity and empathy. Their composition is always sophisticated and yet random, the colours are rather delicate and fragile, yet they give the subject a tangible materiality.

Since her early works, created in the early 1990s, the question of identity, moments of the autobiographical and memory has played an important role in Jitka Hanzlová's work. She constantly pursues the theme of the relationship between the individual and his living space and at the same time explores the way in which home and surroundings shape identity. She thus creates a work of impressive truthfulness and poetry.

Jitka Hanzlová: "We coexist with our past and memory. To live in exile means to put aside one's memory, one's language and to live only on one leg - losing one's balance, drawing all hope from the future".

The presentation at the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg focuses on the series "Female", "Brixton", "Horse" and "There Is Something I Don't Know", in which Hanzlová was inspired by Renaissance portraits.

The exhibition is a cooperation project with the Museum für Photographie in Braunschweig and the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg is intended to build a bridge in the region. Through events such as a guided tour together with the artist, first in Braunschweig and then in Wolfsburg via shuttle, a multi-layered connection is created. The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive educational programme.

With the friendly support of the Lüneburgischer Landschaftsverband.

On 5 October 2018 at 7 p. m. the opening event will take place at the Museum für Photografie in Braunschweig with the artist and the curators:


Two special editions from the series "Horse" and "Vanitas" and the monograph VANITAS by Koenig Books London will be published to accompany the exhibition.


  • 04. October 2018 15.00 cet
    Press conference

    After the press conference at 12 noon at the Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg invites you to a press conference with the artist at 3 p.m.

  • 06. October 2018 15.00 cet
    Talk with artist, curators and public

    The two curators Barbara Hofmann-Johnson (Museum für Photographie Braunschweig) and Susanne Pfleger (Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg) invite you to an interview with the artist Jitka Hanzlová.

    Already at 11 a.m. there will be an event in the exhibition in Braunschweig. A shuttle service will take you to the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, where a small snack will be served at about 1.30 p.m. before the conversation with the artist starts at 3 p.m.

    The return journey to Braunschweig is planned for 5 p.m.

    Here is the detailed bus timetable:

    10 a.m. Start at Schloss Wolfsburg/Litfasssäule, Schlossstraße 8, 38448 Wolfsburg

    Destination: Museum of Photography Braunschweig, Helmstedter Straße 1, 38102 Braunschweig

    12:30 p.m. Departure at Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, Helmstedter Straße 1, 38102 Braunschweig

    Destination: Schloss Wolfsburg, Schlossstraße 8, 38448 Wolfsburg

    7 p.m. Return from Schloss Wolfsburg/Litfasssäule, Schlossstraße 8, 38448 Wolfsburg

    Destination: Museum of Photography Braunschweig, Helmstedter Straße 1, 38102 Braunschweig

  • 20. October 2018 14.00 cet
    Photography. Open Studio. Analog not versus digital

    Unter dem Motto „Open Studio. Fotografie analog und digital“ lädt die Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg dazu ein, ganz verschiedene Facetten der Fotografie kennenzulernen. Dies geschieht begleitend zur Ausstellung. Jitka Hanzlová bearbeitet und vereint Themen wie Erinnerung, Identität, Mensch, Melancholie, Heimat, Fremdheit, Lebenswelten und Landschaft in ihrem Werk. Diese werden auch in dem zweitätigen Workshop thematisiert und wie sie sich in eine Bildsprache umsetzen lassen. In Form eines offenen Studios können Interessierte mit der Künstlerin und Kunstvermittlerin Ina Hengstler an einem oder zwei Tagen dazu Techniken der analogen und digitalen Fotografie kennenlernen und gleich ausprobieren. In kleinen Experimenten werden die Formate und Möglichkeiten der Fotografie ausgelotet und das geht vom schnellen Foto im Handyformat bis zum durchgeplanten analogen Großformatfoto.

    Ein offener Workshop zum Mitmachen und Selbermachen. Die Veranstaltungen sind kostenfrei, eine Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich. Einfach mal reinschauen und mitmachen!


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