Liebhaberei der Millionäre. Der Wiener Camera-Club um 1900

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    Photoinstitut Bonartes
  • 337_Albert von Rothschild_Eislaufplatz vor der Station Hauptzollamt_1890_C_Österreichische Nationalbibliothek/Bildarchiv Albert von Rothschild, Eilslaufplatz vor der Station Hauptzollamt, 1890 © Österreichische Nationalbibliothek/Bildarchiv
  • 337_Hugo Henneberg_Nach Sonnenuntergang_1896_C_Photoinstitut Bonartes Hugo Henneberg, Nach SOnnenuntergang, 1896 © Photoinstitut Bonartes, Wien
  • 337_Robert von Stockert_Lilie_1890_C_Photoinstitut Bonartes Robert von Stockert, Lilie, um 1890 © Photoinstitut Bonartes, Wien
  • 337_Hugo Hinterberger_Formenwelt_1902 oder früher_C_Photoinstitut Bonartes Hugo Hinterberger, Formenwelt, 1902 oder früher © Photoinstitut Bonartes, Wien

The legendary Camera-Club was a very special phenomenon of the Viennese Fin de Siècle: since 1887 rich educated people and people interested in the arts met at the club to become creative themselves. In the club studio, at home or on journeys, they photographed with enthusiasm and constantly growing aspirations. In a unique way, the patronage of money and high aristocrats and wealthy bourgeoisie coalesced with their own artistic activity. The exhibition and catalogue paint a surprising picture of the manifold activities of the Viennese amateur photographers, often carried out at great financial and personal expense, who regarded the technical medium partly as a sport and partly as a scientific aid. However, the aesthetic renewal of photography and its recognition as art was the most important goal of the members of the association, which they were able to achieve through international exchange with like-minded people. Some of its members – above all Hugo Henneberg, Heinrich Kühn and Hans Watzek – not only achieved international fame in their own field but were also recognized and exhibited by the progressive art scene connected with the Vienna Secession.

Exhibition run: 22.02. – 10.05.2019
Opening: 21.02.2019, 7 p.m.

Curator: Astrid Mahler
Participating artists: Hans Watzek, Hugo Henneberg, Heinrich Kühn, Friedrich Victor Spitzer, Robert von Stockert and others

Photoinstitut Bonartes
Seilerstätte 22, 1010 Vienna
T+43 1 236 02 93-40
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Free admission

21.03.2019, 6 p.m.: Guided Tour
Dialogic guided tour with Astrid Mahler (photo curator, Albertina) and Gerald Piffl (photo historian, product manager APA picture desk)
Astrid Mahler and Gerald Piffl will be discussing the varied photographic output of the members of the Camera Club and their divergent levels of engagement, ranging from professional photographers to amateur snap shooters. Their conversation will cover the social composition of the Camera Club as well as the decisive influence of technology on pictorial aesthetics.
The exhibition is accompanied by lectures and guided tours with Astrid Mahler/Gerald Piffl, Chiara Seidl, Marija Tonković and Stefan Üner.
Registration requested: T +43 1 236 02 93-40 or