20 May until 18 September 2022
Präuscher's Panoptikum
A Photo Book by Herbert List

An exhibition in the context of the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg

On the occasion of the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg, the MK&G is taking a new look at two work complexes by the Hamburg photographer Herbert List (1903–1975). The theme of the 2022 Triennial is “Currency”, a term from the world of economics that invites reflection on the circulation of images and the ways in which they are appropriated and classified. The concept focuses attention on the power of photography to impart significance, create visibility, and instigate processes of social re-evaluation. With these considerations in mind, the exhibition Präuscher's Panoptikum: A Photo Book by Herbert List presents List’s book to the public for the first time ever. The second part of the exhibition is then devoted to Herbert List’s photographs of young men and sculptures, which have been rediscovered since the 2000s as bellwethers of a “queer gaze” – a visual language that challenges gender stereotypes and the associated power relations. The two themes are linked by the interest displayed by the openly gay photographer in pop culture, kitsch and in eliciting in the viewer a visceral reaction to his subjects. The exhibition features around 100 photographs by Herbert List from the 1930s and 40s as well as magazine articles, wax figures from the Vienna Wax Museum and the original book layout for “Präuscher’s Panoptikum”.

The exhibition takes place in cooperation with Bonartes Vienna and includes works on loan from the Münchner Stadtmuseum and the Herbert List Estate, Hamburg.

In cooperation with the Herbert List Archive of the Münchner Stadtmuseum, the Bucerius Kunst Forum Hamburg will concurrently present the retrospective “Herbert List: The Magic Eye”, on view from 14 May to 11 September 2022.

Find more information on the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2022 here.

Image: Herbert List (1903–1975) Trepanation, 1944/46 Gelatin silver print, 300 x 228 mm Münchner Stadtmuseum © Magnum Photos / Herbert List Estate Hamburg (Detail)