Ruhr area chronicler meets cultural legend
Rudolf Holtappel und Walter Kurowski - Eine foto_grafische Begegnung
23.01.2022 bis 08.05.2022
Smoking chimneys, industrial deserts, striking workers: numerous themes of the Ruhr area can be found and encountered in the photography, painting and graphics of Rudolf Holtappel and Walter Kurowski. Since 2017, the two artistic estates have enriched the collection of the LUDWIGGALERIE, have already been presented individually retrospectively and are now facing each other directly for the first time in a joint exhibition.
In their own monographic rooms, the central thematic focuses of the two artists are also shown. Rudolf Holtappel's entire artistic breadth is presented through the motifs of department store photography, theatre shots and industrial backdrops. Posters, caricatures and drawings demonstrate Walter Kurowski's artistic focus.
The Ruhr area chronicler passed his master in photography in 1950 and then worked as a freelance photographer and photojournalist. With his visual language, the Oberhausen native by choice has shaped the visual appearance of the Karstadt department store group as well as numerous industrial companies on the Rhine and Ruhr for decades, including Henkel (1974-2002), the Theater Oberhausen in the Büch era (1961–1970) and the Weise era (1992–2003) and cityscape books by well-known publishers (Carl Lange Verlag/Mercator-Verlag).
Walter Kurowski (1939–2017), as a cultural legend and the only Oberhausen city artist, moved the city's artistic and musical scene for over 50 years and thus painted and drew himself in her memory. The award-winning graduate of the FolkwangSchule fights with his art as one of Germany's most important caricaturists in the 1970s and 1980s at the side of the workers for peace and justice and against oppression and exploitation. As a poster designer, he received commissions for cultural events, political organizations and trade unions for decades.
Fotografin unter Musikern
LINDA McCARTNEY - The Sixties and more
15.05.2022 bis 11.09.2022
When the American Linda Eastman began to photograph in the mid-1960s, she immediately became in the scene of rock'n'roll. A press invitation opens the door to a Rolling Stones promotion party aboard the SS Sea Panther on the Hudson River. This is where her unusual career begins. "Those were the days when Jimi Hendrix came to my apartment snowed out of the blue and I went out to eat with Jim Morrison in Chinatown. Once I bought peanut butter with Janis Joplin for a midnight feast, another time I was taking the subway through town with Jackson Browne." She also meets the Beatles and thus her future husband Paul.
With the photos from the Sixties, the exhibition shows haunting moments of this intense musical era. Her work is complemented by the roadworks and the experimental sunprints. In addition, an independent presentation of record covers with their special designs offers a complementary insight into the time of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. The exhibition was created in collaboration with Ina Brockmann and Peter Reichelt.
Räuber Hotzenplotz, Krabat und Die kleine Hexe
Otfried Preußler – Figurenschöpfer und Geschichtenerzähler
18.09.2022 bis 15.01.2023
Otfried Preußler (1923–2013) is one of the most important and influential German authors of children's and young adult books. In addition to the fantastic and fairytale stories that he knows how to tell skillfully, it is the striking illustrations that have been inscribed in the collective memory of several generations. The little ghost that turns black in daylight, the one hundred and twenty-seven years young witch and the little Aquarius living at the Mühlenweiher have found their way into many children's rooms to this day. Various illustrators have given the figures their characteristic and unmistakable appearance. Particularly well-known are the illustrations of F. J. Tripp, who gave the robber Hotzenplotz his distinctive appearance. In the exhibition, Preußler's curious new word creations also attract attention. Muhme Rumpumpel, Hörbe and his friend Zwottel are characterized by their linguistically and figuratively high recognition value. Preußler's adaptation of the Sorbian legend Krabat was successfully filmed in 2008 and is just one example of the successful transfer of his stories to other media.
Manfred Vollmer – ausgelöst
Fotografien von 1968 bis heute
06.02.2022 bis 15.05.2022
"Mein Revier ist das Revier" has been the motto of the photographer Manfred Vollmer, who lives in Essen, for decades. And yet his interest and photographic work goes much further. Already the first major project, his final thesis at the Folkwangschule in Essen, took him to Italy at the end of the 1960s, where he captured the unusual customs at local church festivals with his camera. Since 1970 he has been working as a freelance photographer mainly for weekly and daily newspapers and trade unions. His work is – and this can still be seen today – so convincing that he is awarded for it. In 1978 he traveled to Brittany to report as a photo reporter on the oil spill caused by the accident of the American tanker Amoco Cadiz. In 1979 he was awarded first prize at the World Press Photo Competition in the category "News Picture Stories".
But in fact his photographs from the Ruhr area, his participating reports on labor struggles in the 1980s, his accompaniment of workers in the various industries or his participation in the living conditions of the so-called guest workers are probably the most formative element of his work. When the Ruhr area became capital of culture in 2010, he contributed to a new image of the Ruhr area with his partly monumental pictures and created icons that still stand for the structural and cultural change of the region today. The LUDWIGGALERIE is now dedicating an overview exhibition to this important image finder.
Welche Farbe hat ... ?
55 Jahre Städtische Malschule Oberhausen
22.05.2022 bis 03.07.2022
Der Kunstverein zu Gast in der LUDWIGGALERIE
PARALLEL – Jan Kolata und Paul Schwer
10.07.2022 bis 16.10.2022
Oberhausen – Aufbruch macht Geschichte
Strukturwandel 1847–2006. Eine Ausstellung des Stadtarchivs Oberhausen
23.10.2022 bis 22.01.2023
Die Schließung der Zeche Concordia in den Jahren 1967/68 markiert den Einbruch des Strukturwandels in Alltag und Bewusstsein der Oberhausener Stadtbevölkerung. Wirtschaftlicher und sozialer Wandel bestimmten jedoch seit der Erschließung der Lipperheide durch die Eisenbahn im Jahre 1847 bis heute die gesamte Stadtgeschichte. Und auch die Wirtschaftsgeschichte begreift den globalen Wandel seit 1750 – von der landwirtschaftlich geprägten Gesellschaft über das Industriezeitalter bis in die Dienstleistungsgesellschaft – als einen einzigen Vorgang, den Strukturwandel.
In besonderer Weise prägen zwei Epochen erlebter Aufbrüche Oberhausen. Im „Strukturwandel 1.0“ von 1896 bis 1934 veränderte die Innenstadt ihr Gesicht. An die Stelle der Industrie am heutigen Friedensplatz traten öffentliche und private Dienstleistungen, als Motoren für Lebensqualität und zentrale Bedeutung in der Industriegroßstadt. Im „Strukturwandel 2.0“, erhielt die Stadt mit Freizeit und Dienstleistungen in der Neuen Mitte Oberhausen ein neues wirtschaftliches Fundament. Zeitgleich wandelte sich das Selbstbild der Stadt. Aus der „Wiege der Ruhrindustrie“ wurde die „Tourismus-Hauptstadt des Ruhrgebiets“.
Die Ausstellung des Stadtarchivs zeigt mit Fotos, Karten, Zeitungen und weiterem Schriftgut, aber auch mit Filmen und Interviews eindrucksvoll die Veränderungen im Stadtbild und im Empfinden der zeitgenössischen Bevölkerung – ein spannender Blick in die Geschichte der Stadt Oberhausen.