The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg presents the explosively colorful oeuvre of the American photographer Steve McCurry for the first time in a museum setting in Germany – in the series of pioneering photographers in which works by Man Ray, George Brassaï, Edward Steichen and Henri Cartier-Bresson have already been shown.
Steve McCurry attained worldwide fame when he managed to cross the border from Pakistan into Afghanistan at the time of the 1979 Soviet invasion. He took the first photographs from this war-torn region, which were published in the New York Times, Time Magazine and Geo. The now iconic image of an Afghan girl was taken in a refugee camp and appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. McCurry has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1986, the famed agency founded among others by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa.
McCurry”s close ties to Asia have been unbroken since his first trips to India and Afghanistan. For him, the fundamental difference between Asian and Western culture rests in the publicness of life and the merger of profane and religious life there. The exhibition complies with this focus and shows his world-famous images from the past three decades taken in countries such as Afghanistan, India, Kashmir, Burma, Tibet, Cambodia, Kuwait, China, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Press Conference on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11.15 am.
Steve McCurry will attend the press conference.
Registration for the press conference: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening of the exhibition on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7 pm.
The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg was opened in 1994 and can already look back at a unique history with numerous authoritative exhibitions and events. Within a brief period of time, it has been possible for the museum to position itself locally and find international recognition at the same time. The museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art, combining diverse media ranging from painting, photography and sculpture and the new media to fashion and design. The striking modernist building located in the heart of the city presents temporary exhibitions as well as works from its own collection on 3,500 square meters.