Norman Seeff Photography: The Look of Sound

Zappa by Seeff

28.09.2014 – 25.01.2015
ZEPHYR – Raum für Fotografie, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim, Museum Bassermannhaus C4,9

Artist Portraits fromPatti Smith to Ray Charles – not to forget Frank Zappa…

First Norman Seeff-Exhibition worldwide in Mannheim

From September 28th to January 25th an exhibition of Norman Seeff’s impressive black and white portraits are shown at “ZEPHYR – Raum für Fotografie at Mannheim’s Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums”.

Seeff is one of the most famous portrait photographers in the USA and has gained world wide fame for his unique photography style. The exhibition presents more than 150 artist portratis, most of them vintage prints: a Who is Who of the music scene of the 1960ies up to the 198ies. Not only musicians like Patti Smith, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Miles Davis and Frank Zappa, but also Pop-Art-Artist Andy Warhol, Apple founder Steve Jobs or conductor Zubin Mehta.

Norman Seeff was born in South Africa in 1939. At the end of the 1960ies, he moved to the USA and immediately he had his breakthrough with his work for the album „Stage Fright“ of „The Band“, which was published as a poster which became swiftly a rare collector’s item. Besides his success as a photographer, he worked as Artdirector of United Artists and for Blue Note. /

Heidelberg’s wild 1970ies – Exhibition at Kurpfaelzisches Museum

Awakening of a city – Heidelberg’s wild era of the 1970ies
Exhibition May 16 to September 21, 2014

Heidelbergs wilder 70er - Exhibition at Kurpfälzisches MuseumIt was a time of worldwide fundamental political changes, numerous technical innovations (data processing…), and at the same time the radicalization of political groups which led into the late 1970ies forms of extremism.

In Heidelberg it was the time after the peak of the student’s protests and a load of new concepts emerged. The anti-nuclear movement , women’s movement , „Spontis“, Communist-groups , men’s groups and residential communities – the 1970s were the decade, that Heidelberg has changed the most, with exceptional after-effects until today. Sexual revolution, a counter-public , international solidarity , self-managed alternative projects and exuberant creativity are the buzzwords of this time

In parallel, the city administration decided to fundamentally change the old town through restoration measures and to create the Emmertsgrund as a new district. And it also was a time of architectural blunders, which show their visual impact to the day.

At the „Kurpfäzisches Museum“ this time is presented with “finds” from the 70s, paintings, prints, film posters and installations, completed with interviews with witnesses , to document this fascinating piece of Heidelberg’s younger history.

Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg
Hauptstraße 97
69117 Heidelberg