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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
Body of Ore, Broken Hill © Lena Bils 2022

Photography exhibition on #WilhelmMerton


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.

The exhibition takes place in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Frankfurt and the HfG Offenbach.