“Time Present“ in Tokyo: International Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection

Following the premiere at the Singapore Art Museum and a stint at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, the exhibition Time Present – Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection is now on view at the Hara Museum in Tokyo. Deutsche Bank has long been a partner of the renowned museum. In 2006, Tokyo Blossoms, the anniversary show of the Deutsche Bank Collection, was on the agenda, and recently the bank sponsored a large retrospective of the photographic artist Mika Ninagawa.

With around 60 works, Time Present shows the broad spectrum of international contemporary photography that Deutsche Bank has collected over three decades. The exhibition includes works by “classics” such as Bernd and Hilla Becher and Luigi Ghirri, as well as current young art photographers. The works in the show engage with the relationship between photography and time in myriad ways. In addition, “Time Present” documents how the focus of the collection has expanded since the 1990s. While initially it concentrated on German photographers such Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Ruff, today the emphasis is on artists from Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, including Yto Barrada, Julio César Morales, Adrian Paci, and Dayanita Singh. Naturally, the exhibition also features important proponents of Japanese art photography, including Hiroshi Sugimoto and Miwa Yanagi, who represented her country at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

The exhibition illustrates the changes that photography has undergone in contemporary art since the 1970s. It investigates different formal, conceptual, and performative approaches that have enriched photography as an artistic medium. In four sections, “Time Present” unites works that document the development of the collection and at the same time address fundamental issues of the medium.

Time Present - Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection
9/12/2015 – 1/11/2016
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo