The SCHIRN is presenting a major exhibition devoted to the cultural history of vision.


from 6 October 2017

It was “the brutal and immense magic”, which Charles Baudelaire admired about the dioramas. Conceived by Louis Daguerre in the 19th century as a playhouse enlivened with light effects the diorama became the glass display case par excellence for presenting knowledge in natural history museums. In a unique exhibition organized in cooperation with the Palais de Tokyo, Paris the SCHIRN highlights a cultural history of vision.
The focus is firmly on the diorama, which is used to present and realistically stage events, stories and settings with the aid of various artistic means. From modernity until today the diorama has been a fundamental source of inspiration: an entire series of artists from the 20th and 21st centuries explore this concept of seeing in their works by questioning and deconstructing the illusion of reality. The exhibition will present impressive dioramas and works by artists such as Mark Dion, Isa Genzken, Hiroshi
Sugimoto and Jeff Wall.

The exhibition is organised by the SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT, in collaboration with the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Man With Buffalo, Ottawa 2007 © Photo: Richard Barnes