An exhibition by the Lower Saxony Sparkassen Foundation,

supported by the Savings Banks Finance Group cultural fund

The exhibition Portrait shows series by internationally well-known photographers who raise the question of the readability of photographic portraits in many different ways: is it possible to deduce the character of a person from a depiction of their appearance? Or could a hundred portraits of one and the same person communicate not even the vaguest idea of their personality, as Thomas Ruff claims?

Inspired by the work of the American photographer Diane Arbus, who became famous for her striking black and white photographs of marginalised people in the late 1960s, the exhibition includes self-portraits by Lee Friedlander, portrait pictures of children and young adults by Rineke Dijkstra, Bernhard Fuchs and Judith Joy Ross, photographs of aristocratic Italian families by Patrick Faigenbaum – some of these actually belong to the current collection of art works at Schloss Neuhardenberg, by the way – and also pictures from Michael Schmidt’s series Frauen (‘Women’, 1997–1999).

Despite their differences, all of the photographs displayed in the exhibition have one thing in common: they are ‘documentary style’ pictures and were all part of extensive series.

The presentation gives an insight into the Lower Saxony Sparkassen Foundation’s collection of post-1945 art. The core of the fine art photography collection currently consists of more than 1,600 works by 36 style defining photographers such as Bernd und Hilla Becher, William Eggleston, Paul Graham, Boris Mikhailov, Martin Parr, Stephen Shore or Shōmei Tōmatsu.

To accompany the exhibition, the Lower Saxony Sparkassen Foundation has published a guide with literary and associative texts about the photographs presented. The publication was realised by students from the University of Hildesheim in cooperation with the Oldenburger Kunstverein art society and is available free of charge from the Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg shop.

Curator: Ulrike Schneider



  • Sunday, 20.03.2016 –
    Sunday, 19.06.2016
  • Exhibition Hall

open 10:00 – 18:00
Tuesdays to Sundays
and on public holidays
(on event days
up to start of event)

Exhibition opening
Sun 20 March, 12:00

€ 5 / concessions € 3

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