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.