German vitae


in cooperation with Johanna Breede Photokunst Berlin

sponsored by the German Savings Banks Association cultural fund


With the exhibition Stefan Moses: Deutsche Vita. Eine Retrospektive, the Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg is paying homage to one of Germany’s  most important exponents of 20th century photography. Moses, also known as the ‘chronicler of Germany’s post-war society’, was born in Liegnitz in Silesia in 1928 and worked in Munich from 1950 onwards, where he passed away in February 2018.

German society was the theme that dominated his artistic life: he photographed artists, intellectuals and politicians, approaching his subjects in his unique, acutely perceptive way, with humour and empathy. Thomas Mann, Theodor W. Adorno, Heinrich Böll, Willy Brandt and Günter Grass – Moses captured them all with his camera. At the same time, he also produced numerous series of pictures of so-called ordinary people, anonymous workers in West Germany’s production facilities. From 1990 onwards, he travelled all over former East Germany. With the portraits he took there in the years that followed the Fall of the Berlin Wall, he completed his psychological panorama of the reunified Germany.

The exhibition in Neuhardenberg, curated by Christoph Stölzl, focuses on various periods of his work and a number of series, including Große Alte im Wald, Emigranten, Deutsche West / Deutsche Ost and Künstler machen Masken. The Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin is hosting an exhibition of Stefan Moses’s early photo reportages from 1 February to 12 May 2019 – these two parallel events provide a good overview of his oeuvre.

German vitae


  • Saturday, 06.04.2019 –
    Monday, 10.06.2019
  • Exhibition Hall

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

Exhibition opening
Sat 6 April, 15:00

€ 5 / concessions € 3

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