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Exhibition: Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century

Running from 1 November 2014–11 January 2015, Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century will be Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum’s first ever photography exhibition to showcase the outstanding collection of 20,000 20th-century works that it has amassed since deciding in 1994 to extend its photographic holdings beyond the 19th century.

In a display of more than 400 images, the exhibition will trace photography’s key developments during the 20th century, including the introduction of colour, the growth of documentary and news photography, and photography as a pure art form. A wide-ranging overview, it will also explore photography’s role in fashion and advertising and will feature some amateur works.

Rare photographs by Brassaï, Ed van der Elsken, John Gutmann, Lewis Hine, William Klein, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, László Moholy-Nagy, Eadweard Muybridge, Man Ray and W. Eugene Smith will be displayed as part of the exhibition Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century. This major photographic survey will inaugurate the Rijksmuseum’s newly renovated Philips Wing, the final stage in the museum’s recent acclaimed transformation.

The exhibition and its accompanying publication, Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century, have been made possible thanks to the long-standing sponsorship of Baker & McKenzie.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the Netherlands national museum dedicated to arts and history. The Museum’s Philips Wing, newly renovated by Spanish architects Cruz y Ortiz, will open its doors for the first time on 1 November 2014 with the launch of Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century, the inaugural exhibition, which will occupy all nine of the Wing’s new exhibition rooms.

A richly illustrated publication will be released for the exhibition. Also entitled Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century, it will be available in the Rijksshop, through the webshop and in bookstores.

Responsible for both the exhibition and its accompanying publication are Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom, Curators of Photography at the Rijksmuseum.

Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century 
1 November 2014 – 11 January 2015
Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands

Image: Modeportret van Rita Loonen, Paul Huf, 1961. 

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