artist-info NEWS - no. 14
January 19, 2018 
Comparing the Kurt Kirchbach and the Thomas Walther Collection
Photomontage of the Wolkenbügel by El Lissitzky, 1925 (or 1923), © public domain

The artists of the Kurt Kirchbach and Thomas Walther Collection – Avant-Garde Photography in the 1920s & 1930s

Two important photography collections covering the 20s and 30s
One question: Which insight offers the juxtaposition of the collection’s artists?

The Kurt Kirchbach Photography Collection was a child of its time with its innovative visions,
the Thomas Walther Collection was born 50 years after this innovative period and is a retrospective approach.

How to compare the two collections?
This survey doesn’t examine exclusively individual works of some selected photo artists. It looks at the complete list of shown artists in many thousand exhibitions with the help of artist-info database and provides like this a new, so far impossible insight.
Up to the present artist-info knows for the 82 artists of the Kurt Kirchbach Collection, which are identified up to now, more than 2.920 exhibitions, for the 147 artists of the Thomas Walther Collection more than 5.860 either solo- or group-exhibitions, organized by galleries, museums, or non-profit venues.

Hildebrand Gurlitt, who exhibited the Kurt Kirchbach Collection, initiated in 1929, at the Kunstverein in Hamburg from January 10 to February 14, 1932 as director of the Kunstverein, wrote about the focus of the collection in the invitation leaflet, but didn't list the shown artists - on purpose.

Read our blog post to see the results of this unusual new survey

Comparing the Kurt Kirchbach and the Thomas Walther Collection

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