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Hit Pay Dirt
Lena Bils, Johanna Schlegel
21.07.2023 to 27.08.2023


Thursday, 20.07.2023 - 7:00 pm

opening hours

Tuesday - Friday
2 - 7 pm

Saturday, Sunday
12 - 6 pm


basis e.V. Gutleutstraße 8-12 60329 Frankfurt am Main

Photography exhibition on #WilhelmMerton. Metall & Gesellschaft


How do we approach a historical personality and his legacy with the means of photography? Johanna Schlegel and Lena Bils have found answers to this question and artistically address aspects of Wilhelm Merton's life and work. Schlegel chooses preserved versions of a portrait painting by Wilhelm Merton as the starting point for her work. Bils addresses a topic that received little attention during Merton's lifetime: the long-term pollution and destruction of the environment caused by the intensive metal industry in the Australian mining town of Broken Hill.

The Director of the Jewish Museum, Prof. Dr. Mirjam Wenzel, the art historian Prof. Dr. Christian Janecke, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach (HfG), and Jakob Sturm, artistic director of basis e.v., will welcome the visitors to the vernissage. Afterwards, the photographers will present their works.

In cooperation with the Jewish Museum Frankfurt and HfG Offenbach.

Supported by Schleicher Stiftung and Kulturamt Frankfurt.


Guided tours:

1. Friday, August 11, 4 - 5.30 pm
2. Sunday, August 27, 2 - 3.30 pm

Meeting place: Jewish Museum Frankfurt, Bertha-Pappenheim-Platz 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

With the artists Lena Bils and Johanna Schlegel of the exhibition hit pay dirt (basis e.V.) and the co-curator Fedor Besseler of the exhibition Wilhelm Merton. Metal & Society (Jewish Museum Frankfurt).

Free entrance and tour. The guided tours will be in german.