ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander

29 Sep 2012 – 6 Jan 2013

Regular hours

11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 16:30
11:00 – 16:30
11:00 – 16:30
11:00 – 16:30
11:00 – 16:30

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Free Admission

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Leicester Museum & Art Gallery

Leicester, United Kingdom

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  • The museum is less than ten minutes walk from Leicester train station.
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New Walk Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to present one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of August Sander's work in England, presenting 175 works by one of the twentieth century's most important photographers.

The exhibition of German photographer August Sander (1876-1964) draws together 175 photographs and a wide range of archival material from the collections of Tate, National Galleries of Scotland, Anthony d'Offay and Gerd Sander.

This presentation creates a unique opportunity to see the different facets of August Sander's photographic practice, including his celebrated portraits alongside less well known aspects of his work.

August Sander's most significant project was 'The People of the Twentieth Century'. Sander wanted to create an encyclopaedic survey of different types of people from the first half of the twentieth century. His working life in Germany spanned the First World War, the interwar years, the rise of the Nazi party, the Second World War and its aftermath.

His photographs are unflinching documents of a society going through huge change. The work reflects both the catastrophic political convulsions that Germany was enduring and a society slowly coming to terms with the impact of industrialisation. The clarity and breadth of his vision remains powerful and his vocational portraits still resonate today.

Curated by August Sander's Grandson, Gerd Sander, the selection of work reflects his understanding both of Sander's technical genius and the context in which the photographs were produced, knowing many of the stories behind the sitters and their relationship to Sander.

August Sander is a key figure in the history of photography and his influence as a photographer can be felt across the 20th century through the work of Diane Arbus, Walker Evans and Bernd and Hilla Becher. It continues to fascinate today.

August Sander's exhibition will be presented alongside Leicester's internationally acclaimed collection of 20th century German Expressionist art and touring exhibition of George Grosz from the Hayward Gallery. Offering a unique opportunity to view Sander's work alongside German artists from the same period.

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