Exhibition: "A second look"

19 Apr 2017

Erich Kleiber in his bathrobe, the pianist Walter Gieseking gardening, Richard Strauss sprawling in an armchair – the exhibition A second look shows great musicians in unfamiliar, private and very human situations. It was created in co-operation with the bpk-Bildagentur and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, and can be seen in the foyer of the Philharmonie from 20 April to the end of June. Most of the photographs are devoted to musicians who had close connections with the Berliner Philharmoniker, including Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Karl Böhm, Paul Hindemith and Claudio Abbado. The oldest photograph dates from the year 1899 and shows the thirteen-year-old Wilhelm Furtwängler with his dog; Lorin Maazel is the most recent portrait from the summer of 1995.

Hanns Hubmann, one of the most eminent German press photographers of the 20th century, is the mainstay of the exhibition. There are also works by other famous photographers from the bpk-Bildagentur archives and its collaborative partners: Georg Ebert, Fritz Eschen, Ingrid von Kruse, Felix H. Man, Liselotte and Armin Orgel-Köhne, Willy Römer, Erich Salomon and Felicitas Timpe. However different these artists were, they all had the ability to make us take a “second look”, creating fascinating pictures which show a new, hitherto unknown side of the artist. At first glance, some photos are amusing, while others are touching or disquieting. But a second glance allows us to recognise musicians who, despite their prominence, have remained sensitive, even vulnerable, individuals.

The exhibition A second look can be visited during box-office hours and during concerts in the Philharmonie. An exhibition catalogue is available in the Philharmonie shop.

Herbert von Karajan, October 1952
(Photo: Herbert von Karajan, Oktober 1952 )