Exploring how the organization of photographs into systematic sequences or typologies has affected modern visual culture.
AI WEIWEI, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995. Courtesy The Walther Collection and Lisson Gallery
In their first Online Exhibition on IC, The Walther Collection presents “The Order of Things: Photography from The Walther Collection”, an exhibition exploring how the organization of photographs into systematic sequences or typologies has affected modern visual culture.
The exhibition at the Walther Collection, which took place from the beginning of May 2015 until the fall of 2016, investigated the production and use of serial portraiture, conceptual structures, vernacular imagery, and time-based performance in photography from the 1880s to the present, bringing together works from international artists. Whilst the exhibition featured many great and unknown names, some of the highlights of the exhibition included works by Richard Avedon, Nobuyoshi Araki, Stephen Shore, and Zanele Muholi.
With much of the work in “The Order of Things” focusing on the individual and cultural identity, the exhibition also includes a large selection devoted to vernacular photography from the late-nineteenth and early twentieth century—offering a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a time that we will never know.
From February to May 2016, “The Order of Things” also travelled to Stockholm to be displayed at Fotografiska in an exhibition titled “Time and Again: Photography from The Walther Collection”, which displayed over 800 photographs from the private collection.
Here, we show a selection of works from “The Order of Things” as well as installation views from the exhibition.