Friday, May 18, 2012

Exhibition: The Polaroid Collection

From may 26th NRW-Forum is showing the history of the polaroid in over 500 pictures.

The exhibition is divided into four chapters: INTEGRAL FILM, PEEL APART FILM, POSITIVE/NEGATIVE FILM and INSTANT SLIDE FILM. The pictures are displayed in the context of the different camera- and film-types, up to the fascinating large formats of 50 x 60 cm.

Polaroids in all sizes are shown from artists such as Ansel Adams, Nobuyoshi Araki, Robert Mapplethorpe, Stephen Shore, Ralph Gibson, Helmut Newton or Oliviero Toscani`s famous polaroid of Andy Warhol with his Polaroid-camera.

The Polaroid Collection was curated by Rebekka Reuter, curator-in-chief of WestLicht in Vienna.

The exhibition can be viewed from may 26th until august 5th 2012 at NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf.

What do you think about the polaroid and its disappearance?
Is (or was) it a suitable medium / canvas for art?

1 comment:

  1. I think it depends on hwo define "suitable medium for art". Everything can be a medium for art, especially as it is very subjective what you consider to be art. I don't think that the disappearance of polaroids is a great loss for humanity just like the disappearance of horse carriages for public transport wasn't. ;)