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Peter Lindbergh Untold Stories exhibition in Hamburg

Until November 1st 2020 there is a very special exhibition at the Hamburg Museum of Art and Commerce (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg) named Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories. It displays selected works by the photographer who died in September 2019. Born in what is now Poland, Peter was already known during his lifetime as the perhaps most talented black and white photographer. In this field, his most iconic images have been created. Most of his work concentrated on fashion and portrait photography.

On the first floor of the MK&G, the Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe Hamburg, not far from Hamburg’s main train station, is the posthumous exhibition entitled “Peter Lindbergh. Untold Stories.” on display. According to the program flyer for the exhibition, “Untold Stories” is the first and last exhibition curated by Peter Lindbergh himself. He even managed to finish it very shortly before his passing. It goes on to say that he has selected the most important works from his perspective for the exhibition. Some well-known, but also never before shown works by the German photographer are presented.

During my visit to the MK&G, it quickly became clear that most of the visitors came for the “Untold Stories” exhibition. Here, near the restaurant, you may have to expect a moment of waiting and queuing, whilst the other areas of the multi-storey museum remained abundantly quiet and you could fully immerse yourself in the objects and descriptions shown (in the other areas of the museum).
Everyone has to decide for themselves, whether the admission price of 12 euro per adult “solely” for the Peter Lindbergh Untold Stories exhibition is justifiable. Personally, I liked the areas on the ground floor best.
You should calculate 20-30 minutes for the photography exhibition alone, and at least two hours for the entire Kunst & Gewerbe Museum in Hamburg. Of course, there are a extensive variety of more suggested museums in Hamburg you should visit.

By the way: If you currently cannot travel to Hamburg or prefer not to during this worldwide pandemic, the exhibition can be next seen in the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt (winter 2020/2021), as well as at MADRE in Naples (spring 2021), following the MK&G.

Address Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe Hamburg: Steintorplatz / directly at the main station, 20099 Hamburg
Opening hoursTuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., closed on Mondays (what you can do in Hamburg on Mondays)

Naomi Campbell Portraits by Peter Lindbergh
Naomi Campbell Portraits by Peter Lindbergh


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