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CURRENT EXHIBITION

Erich Lessing: People burning portraits of former Communist Party Secretary Mátyás Rákosi, Budapest 1956 © Erich Lessing

HUNGARY 56

PICTURES OF A REVOLUTION

20.10.2016 - 29.01.2017

On occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, Fotomuseum WestLicht presents an exhibition showcasing haunting documentation of the dramatic events that had the world holding its breath in the fall of 1956. What had begun as a mass rally of students demanding democratic reforms on October 23 soon escalated into an armed struggle against the single-party dictatorship of the communist government and the Soviet occupiers. The invasion of Hungary by additional Red Army divisions and the installation of a pro-Soviet government on November 4 effectively put an end to the revolt. The country mourned more than 3,000 dead. The exhibition brings together vintage prints of pictures taken by international photographers including David Hurn, Mario De Biasi, and Rolf Gillhausen, who reported from Budapest for magazines such as Life and Stern, as well as the Magnum photographer Erich Lessing, who has generously provided important works from his personal archive. The uprising and its suppression not least triggered an unprecedented wave of refugees fleeing the country for Austria, an event which left an indelible mark on Hungarians’ and Austrians’ collective memory and which was widely cited in connection with the migrant flows of the past several months. Turning the spotlight on the present, a special section of the exhibition features recent works by contemporary photographers that show the scenes on the Austrian-Hungarian border in the fall of 2015.

See the Video of the Exhibition Opening here

See the Pictures of the Exhibition Opening here

See the Pictures of the Panel Discussion with Prof. Lendvai and Prof. Anton Pelinka here

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COMING SOON

Alfons Schilling, Chicago Riot, Burning Car, 1970 / Fotosammlung OstLicht

ALFONS SCHILLING. BEYOND PHOTOGRAPHY

14.02. – 14.05.2017

In Bewegung setzen, in Bewegung sein – den rebellischen Forschergeist, der Alfons Schilling 1960 von Wien, wo er mit Günter Brus den Aktionismus vorbereitet hatte, nach Paris und New York trieb, bewahrte sich der Künstler über seine lange Karriere auch in den fotografischen Arbeiten.

 

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OUT NOW

PRESENTATION OF THE LEICA M10 AT THE PHOTOMUSEUM WESTLICHT


Thursday, 26.01.2017, 10 - 18 Uhr, Photomuseum WestLicht, Westbahnstr. 40

Just come by, Leica Expert Olaf Wolf will show you the brandnew camera with all it's functions.


M as in milestone: The new Leica M10 impresses with more compact dimensions, improved performance and even more intuitive handling.

An iconic camera system sets standards yet again: The perfect balance of long-established traditions and technical innovation in the Leica M10 embodies the essence of everything that is truly important for photography like no other camera before. Although all its functions have been adapted to meet the precise needs of contemporary photography, there has been no deviation from the essential principles of the legendary M-System. Every single component and every technical solution concentrates uncompromisingly on photography. With its more compact dimensions, improved performance and even more intuitive handling, the Leica M10 sets a new milestone in the ongoing history of Leica M photography.

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