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Photographs from 19th Century Japan and China: Masterpieces from the Photographic Collection

Sorry ! I know it's not totally appropriate (and I'm slightly bias here for being Oriental !) but this new exhibition does feature images by British pioneers like Felice Beato (half-Italian?) and John Thomson. So, please bear with me.

Following the presentation of outstanding works from the history of 20th century photography, Museum Ludwig is now highlighting a new section of its extensive photographic holdings. Beginning 11 June, a selection of 19th century Japanese photographs from the Robert Lebeck Collection will be presented together with the Chinese travel album that once belonged to the Bremen merchant Julius Menke. This records the things he witnessed and experienced in China during the 1860s in the form of a carefully made picture atlas. Full details of the exhibition can be found in the Events section, and also here.

On show at the exhibition will be photographs by European pioneers Felice Beato and John Thomson, as well as by early Japanese photographers Hikoma Ueno and Kimbei Kusakabe, along with the beautifully made travel albums in which the photographs were presented for sale.

Curator: Prof. Dr. Bodo von Dewitz




11.06.2010 – 09.01.2011

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Tuesday to Sunday:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Every first Thursday of the month 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed on Monday


Photo: Milton M Miller, c 1864






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