on focus
from 13.11.2020 to 30.01.2022


A photographic collection

Markus Birner and Andrea Wittmann’s collection focusses on photography. Works by Andreas Gursky, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff and Edwin Zwakman have been on permanent loan to Neues Museum, some for a long time.

The museum’s 20th anniversary provided an opportunity to show various approaches to contemporary art photography together in a salon hanging. To this end, the Nuremberg-based collectors have broadened the spectrum to include many new names, ranging from the now-classic Becher School to staged and abstract photography. The title of the exhibition is taken from Roland Barthes’ famous book Camera Lucida, in which he states: “A photograph’s punctum is that accident which pricks me (but also bruises me, is poignant to me).”


Made possible by permanent loans from the Birner & Wittmann Collection.