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Madame Saliha, Tschad 2016. Photo: Désirée von Trotha
Madame Saliha, Tschad 2016
Photo: Désirée von Trotha

Désirée von Trotha: Sahara

25 June - 19 September 2021
The photographer, filmmaker, and author Désirée von Trotha has travelled the Sahara-Sahel regions of Algeria, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, and for around six month every year since 1991.

Her photographs, books, and reports have become a chronicle of the world of the Saharan nomads, whose homeland has seen such dramatic upheavals since 2012: terrorist organizations, armed groups, militias, and criminal networks control extensive areas, conflicts are fuelled by regional and international interests in resources and security issues. weitere Infos
Habiba Abukari from Pong Tamale. Portrait taken in the camp of Gambaga
© Ann-Christine Woehrl, "Witches in Exile"

Ann-Christine Woehrl: Witches in Exile

25 june - 5 September 2021
To explain misfortune – such as a relative's death or a separation – or illness, epidemics, draughts, dying livestock, or similar catastrophic events, thousands of women are accused of witchcraft to this day. It often amounts to a death sentence.

In Ghana, some of the accused manage to find refuge in so-called ‘witch camps’. However, they are barely able to lead a normal life again.

According to the United Nations, the issue of violence against alleged witches does not only exist in Ghana, but in 36 other countries. Most victims are elderly women, but men and children are also accused of witchcraft. They are punished with beating and torture, which often results in the victims’ death.
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Katharina Krenkel's micro mystery - Photo: Rich Serra


A contagious exhibition by Katharina Krenkel
The MIKROMYSTERIUM, the ‘micro mystery’, is a wonderous universe where microorganisms dwell, constantly moving viruses and bacteria, larger than life, crocheted and textile objects of art.
The beauty of these microscopic life-forms is as contagious as the fear of infection. A voyeuristic view of Covid, influenza, rubella, HPV, pest, swine flu, cholera, malaria, measles, Ebola, diphtheria, typhus, mumps, hepatitis, meningitis, rabies, norovirus, tetanus, chicken pox, Spanish flu, syphilis, HIV, gonorrhoea and tuberculosis – from a safe distance.
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The Road Ulm - Ucross. Photo: Laurie Schwartz
The Road Ulm - Ucross
Foto: Laurie Schwartz

The Road to Ulm

Laurie Schwartz and the ghost town Ulm, Wyoming
America, ca. 1900. Technological progress sets foot on the virgin soil of Clear Creek Valley, railroad tracks are being laid. In the vast west, a little town called Ulm suddenly appears, seemingly out of thin air. It was the boom era of Sheridan County; people came in droves only to leave again – and they are still gone today. 2.500 inhabitants remained, four per square kilometre. Today, only the wind lives in the small city, the human inhabitants all gone since the sixties. Laurie Schwartz knew of Ulm, the one in Swabia, where she participated in the Festival neue Musik at the Stadthaus in 2018.
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Thomas Kahl: Bread for Ruanda
Thomas Kahl: Bread for Ruanda
Martina Strilic/Galerie Tobias Schrade

Thomas Kahl, the unknown Explorer

He became known as the ‘bread painter’. But Thomas Kahl, who died much too young in 2017, was so much more than that. The exhibition we opened in early March 2020 in cooperation with Galerie Tobias Schrade made that very obvious. After just one week however, corona forced us to close it down again. Project manager Raimund Kast took to Facebook to present many of Kahl’s works, but a virtual tour can not adequately replace the real-life encounter with art. Which is why the Stadthaus has rearranged its exhibition schedule for the fall of 2020 and will present the show again from autum 2020 - planed 1 December - until the beginning of 2021. weitere Infos
Mann steht im Freien mit Rakete auf dem Rücken
Foto: Bradley Phillips „Rocket“ (Bearb. Dentler/ Peter)

Taking Flight to a World Beyond

On the 250th anniversary of Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger
Attempting to fly across the river Danube on 31 May 1811, Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger crashes his hang-glider, much to the amusement of his audience, including the duke and princes. Today, we know that he was a visionary.

The exhibition celebrating the 250th birthday of Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger presents a plethora of ideas along the thin line between science and imagination. It touches upon taking flight in a shoe as well as teleportation. It also proves that the first human to drill a hole straight down from the minster square will come back out in the Flowerpot Bay of Pitt Island. This tunnel will be 12,742 kilometres and flying from one end to the other will take 38 minutes.

Numerous artist and scientist from all around the world have made their contribution to this exhibition.

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Bees on a honeycomb
Bees on a honeycomb
Photo: SP/Stadthaus

The big haul – swell!

Finally – it is that time of the year! Our bees have returned to the Stadthaus – for the seventh time! This year they have moved into a new property that has been designed to tie in with the exhibition ‘Taking Flight to a World Beyond’.

Taking flight from their summer residence on the Kabinett terrace (level 2), our 200.000 colleagues will spread out to collect pollen and nectar from the trees and ornamental plants in public parks and private gardens or balconies in and around the centres of Ulm and Neu-Ulm. Their area of activity has a diameter of six kilometres. The city is a great dwelling place for our Stadthaus bees, in contrast to more rural areas which are often characterised by monocropping. weitere Infos
Graue Darth Vader-Figur mit rosa Bikinioberteil - eine Installation von Heike Sauer in rosa-glitzernem Design
Darth Vader
Heike Sauer / Foto: Axel M. Blessing

Our life – sweet and Sauer

exhibition is closed aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus
Heike Sauer was born as the daughter of her parents and grew up in the vast expanse of Swabia. After receiving the university-entrance diploma, Sauer enrolled in the Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance in Munich to become a dancer and dance pedagogue. When a busted knee ruined her career, she abandoned the silent years of dancing and started talking, dressed in pink and called herself Marlies Blume. And she talked the way she learned it, in Swabian. This has been going on for 20 years now. She collected numerous awards with Ariane Müller, performed with Martin Wangler (aka Fidelius Waldvogel) and last but not least with Hanna Münch as 'Münch & Sauer'. weitere Infos
Coco Chanel in ihrem Atelier, 31 Rue Cambon, Paris, 1962 ©Douglas Kirkland/Photo Op
Coco Chanel in ihrem Atelier, 31 Rue Cambon, Paris, 1962. Foto: Douglas Kirkland
©Douglas Kirkland/Photo Op


Douglas Kirkland: "An Evening with Marilyn" & "Coco Chanel - Three Weeks"
One photographer, two extraordinary women and icons of photography

The great celebrities in film, show, and music business – American photographer Douglas Kirkland (*1934) had most of them in front of his camera: Sting, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Brigitte Bardot, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider, to name a few, but also Marilyn Monroe and Coco Chanel. weitere Infos
Nach der Zerstörung Ulms: Blick durch die Hirschstraße Richtung Münster, dessen Turm unzerstört im Hintergrund aufragt.
Ulm, Hirschstraße nach der Zerstörung
© Stadtarchiv Ulm

In commemoration of the destruction of Ulm's historic centre

Animated presentation of historic photographs
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Ulm on 17 December 1944.

On the third Advent Sunday between 7.23 and 7.50 p.m., a three-waved air strike of British Bombers destroyed most of the historic centre, killing 700 men, women and children.
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Hitler. Ein Hundeleben. Das Titelmotiv der Ausstellung zeigt ein Porträt der Dogge "Hitler" in einem weißen Kreis auf rotem Hintergrund
Hitler. Ein Hundeleben

Hitler. A Dog's Life

Artist's Talk with FLATZ
Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 7:30 pm
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Nilbar Güreş: Filmstill aus "Undressing", 2006
Filmstill aus "Undressing", 2006
Nilbar Güreş
Courtesy Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

Wig, Headscarf, Habit

The stadthaus takes a curious look at various forms of female headgear in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. All three religions - each in its own way - share their idea of female modesty, that correlates with covering physical charms. The exhibition consists of three corresponding parts: Cherchez la femme, a takeover from the Jewish Museum Berlin, In My View, a stadthaus project with class 10a and the Foto-AG of the Hans und Sophie Scholl-Gymnasium, as well as En attendant l'Eternité, a photo series by Laurence von der Weid. weitere Infos
Katharina Alt: Boxing Cuba
Foto: Katharina Alt

Boxing Cuba

Katharina Alt
Boxing in Cuba is much more than a sport, it is part of Cuban culture, not unlike soccer in Germany. However, the importance of boxing for young people' in Cuba is of a much more vital quality. Boxing is a possibility to fight for something beyond titles and awards, it is the possibility to fight for a better life. weitere Infos
Partie an der Blau. Frühes Farbfoto von Hans Hildenbrand, um 1908
Partie an der Blau, um 1908
Foto: Hans Hildenbrand

Now in colour!

Hans Hildenbrand and the first colour photographs of Ulm
The question of the first colour — not colourised! — postcards of Ulm were created after the turn of the century opens up a forgotten chapter of the history of photography in our country. The search for an answer led to the discovery of a world-renowned court photographer from Stuttgart, Hans Hildenbrand (1870 – 1957). weitere Infos
Lichte Momente, Wortmarke der Ausstellung
Lichte Momente

Bright Moments

Photography, light objects and installations on the topic of light
Richard Meier's buildings are characterised by the interplay of the outside and the inside, the rooms flooded with natural light. It seems to be appropriate to feature light itself in an exhibition celebrating the Stadthaus' 25th anniversary. We are happy to be able to present works by artists of international renown, works that present light as an event that be experienced sensuously. The two-part exhibition will feature photographs and light objects as well as regular dance and sound performances! weitere Infos
Lydia, 17, Nigeria, Juli 2015 Alle Fotos: Andy Spyra

Stolen Girls

Survivors of Boko Haram Tell Their Story
The Abduction of 276 young girls from Chibok in northwest Nigeria by the militant Islamist sect Boko Haram sparked global outrage in 2014. The campaign #BringBackOurGirls was started. Still the Boko Haram story continues to unfold; thousands of girls are estimated to be in captivity to this day. weitere Infos
MovinPics. Wortmarke, Design: Nik Schölzel
MovinPics. Wortmarke
Design: Nik Schölzel


Images of people in motion and of emotional people
Nine photographers and one non-photographer, all of which have a special connection to the Stadthaus, to Ulm, Neu-Ulm and the surrounding regions, were invited to create works on the topic of 'movement'. Artistic freedom was guaranteed. An exciting process for all involved. weitere Infos

Martin Parr: Souvenir - A Photographic Journey

Juewen Zhang: O.T. (Fluchtszene aus "Fantastic Mr. Fox")
Juewen Zhang: O.T. (Fluchtszene aus "Fantastic Mr. Fox")
Foto: Atelier Goldstein


The Best of All Worlds
Atelier Goldstein, an institution of Lebenshilfe Frankfurt am Main e.V. (an association dedicated to supporting people with learning disabilities), is named after the district where it was founded in 2001. Today, it is regarded as one of the most renowned studios of outsider art. Atelier Goldstein is dedicated to demonstrate that artist with disabilities do have the ability to create works of significance. weitere Infos
Foto aus der Serie "Dam Herons" von Sam Hobson zeigt einen Graureiher auf dem Amsterdamer Fischmarkt
Aus der Serie "Dam Herons"
Foto: © Sam Hobson

Urban Wildlife

Photographs from Europe and Asia
The constructed urban environment never was a biotope exclusively for humans. Synanthropes have been around us since the beginning. Meanwhile, mostly safe from hunters, wild boars are ploughing through gardens, foxes burrow under sandpits and deer are occupying the streets. Wildlife can also be spotted in the city of Ulm – just think of the beavers in the parks of Friedrichsau! weitere Infos
Louise Bourgeois, 2001
Foto: © Herlinde Koelbl

Herlinde Koelbl - My View

Works 1980 - 2016

1 July to 17 September, 2017
Herlinde Koelbl is one of the prominent German photographers. She is known especially for her long-term projects, in which she often challenges social taboos by revealing social backgrounds.
Koelbl looked inside the "German sitting room" (1980). A photographic social study originated amidst German interior, whether stylish or pretentious, for which she photographed people from all social classes in their living rooms, all over the country - from a worker through an artist to an industrialist. Starting in 1991, she accompanied Angela Merkel, Joschka Fischer, Gerhard Schröder and others for many years on "Traces of Power - The transformation of a person through public office" or, most recently, has been confronted with the situation of the refugees in Europe ("Refugees - A Challenge for Europe", 2016). In addition, Koelbl makes documentary films and conducts interviews, e.g. for the ZEIT Magazin. weitere Infos
Bruce Bickford
Bruce Bickford
Foto: Petr Maur

Mr. Bickford discovers a new land

Bruce Bickford, born in Seattle in 1947, is one of those artists who deserve a big audience but are almost exclusively recognized in their very specific niche. Bickford is almost lucky, because he is featured in not one but two niches: that of Frank Zappa aficionados and that of clay animation connoisseurs. weitere Infos
Soldaten am Ufer des Yalu nahe Sinŭiju bemerken, dass sie beim Exerzieren fotografiert werden
Soldaten am Ufer des Yalu nahe Sinŭiju bemerken, dass sie beim Exerzieren fotografiert werden
Foto: © Reinhard Krause/REUTERS

Pictures of North Korea

Fotografien von Nathalie Daoust, Reinhard Krause und Julia Leeb
North Korea, currently the most inaccessible country, is sealing itself off. If photo journalists manage to gain access to the country at all, their work is meticulously supervised and manipulated. While secret and supposedly secret snapshots are flooding the market, they always depict the same views. It is a photographers task, however, to look for the truth behind the facade, and to avoid reducing the people of North Korea to silly marionettes and stereotypes. The exhibition with works by the three extraordinary photographers Nathalie Daoust, Reinhard Krause and Julia Leeb is expanding the horizons of our Western world into a system that's alien to us. weitere Infos
courtesy of Parrotta Contemporary Art
courtesy of Parrotta Contemporary Art
Foto: Timm Rautert

The Amish

Photographs by Timm Rautert
The Amish are an Anabaptist congregation with roots in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Most Amish left their homes in Europe in 19th century to avoid religious persecution. Today, their descendants in the USA and in Canada are leading a simple life, strictly following what they call “Ordnung”, a set of specific rules that can vary from community to community. Technological innovations will only be permitted if their use doesn't have a negative influence on the community. Smartphones? Disrupt community life and are therefore not permitted. Bicycles? Are permitted, except in Lancaster County. Photographing? Is not permitted, just like posing for photos, because it is regarded as self-presentation. What is permitted in many regions however, is to not explicitly prohibit photographing. weitere Infos
Trinkender Elefant | Elephant Drinking
Trinkender Elefant | Elephant Drinking
Foto: © Nick Brandt

On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across The Ravaged Land

Photographs by Nick Brandt
They are spectacular and breathtaking, and they are mysterious, sad and beautiful, all at the same time. The British-born Nick Brandt has been photographing the (East) African wildlife since 2000. His large format black and white photographs by far exceed what could be regarded as documental wildlife photography, they capture both the animals' magnificence and the threats they are facing. weitere Infos
Conchita Wurst
Conchita Wurst
Foto: © Reiner Riedler


What happens when a man dresses as a woman and what happens when a woman dresses as a man? Cross Dressing, wearing clothing attributed to the opposite gender, is an ancient social phenomenon which is associated with varying meanings and rituals in different cultures and eras. Cross Dressing can be a costume – including in theatre and film – but it can also be an expression of gender identity. It can be a political statement as well as a disguise to escape adverse conditions. Furthermore, Cross Dressing exists as a cultural or ritualistic procedure. weitere Infos
Foto: Matthias Kessler

Image – Tower – Building

Richard Meier and Ulm Minster
In 1986 the city of Ulm and the jury it appointed commissioned Richard Meier (*1934), one of the leading architects for museums at the turn of the 21st century, to build the Stadthaus Ulm. The building was completed 1993 and it is a manifestation of the design principles that were developed from the modern architecture of the 20th century and which Richard Meier consistently followed and perfected since the late 1960ies. It also documents a very specific response to the place where it was was built: The minster square had often been a matter of discussion ever since its clearing and the completion of the minster spire in 1890, but none of the drafts ever came close to Meier's concept. weitere Infos
Jamaa Masjid Moschee, Dehli, Indien. 1994. Das Gebet zum Fitr-Fest beendet den Ramadan
Jamaa Masjid Moschee, Dehli, Indien. 1994. Das Gebet zum Fitr-Fest beendet den Ramadan
Foto: © Abbas / Magnum Photos

Between Myth and Ideology

Photographs from the lifework of Abbas
The Iranian-French photographer Abbas (*1944) took religion as his main concern. He shot the Iranian Revolution, documented Islam as a gobal phenomenon, including militant Islamism. To be able to document the everyday life of Muslims, he travelled from Xinjiang to Morocco, from London to Timbuktu, New York and Mecca. He photographed their rituals, their spirituality, and also their growing radicalisation. He deals with the spiritual power and the political significance of Christianity, as well as with Judaism. He visits animistic cultures, he explores the world of Buddhism and – in more recent times - the fourth big world religion, Hinduism. weitere Infos
Paris, Schießerei vor der Irakischen Botschaft 1978
Paris, Schießerei vor der Irakischen Botschaft 1978
Foto: © Randy Taylor

The Destructive Art of Hurricane Sandy

Randy G. Taylor has been a photographer for more than 40 years. In 1978, Taylor was just 22 years old, he worked for Associated Press in Paris, France, where he managed to capture the shoot-out at the Iraqi Embassy – which got him considered for the Pulitzer Prize. His work has since been bought by numerous companies and printed by a long array of prestigious publications. weitere Infos
Dusan Kusmic (1925-1990), Ohne Titel
Dusan Kusmic (1925-1990), Ohne Titel

collecting madness

The Dammann Collection at Stadthaus Ulm
“collecting madness”. The title of the exhibition is intentionally ambiguous. It refers to art created by people who experienced psychiatric treatment as well as to the process of collecting itself. The collection by Swiss couple Gerhard and Karin Dammann is one of the most interesting of its kind and a selection is now on show at the Stadthaus. weitere Infos
Schloss Friedrichshof bei Kronberg im Taunus.
Schloss Friedrichshof bei Kronberg im Taunus.
Fotos: Stadtarchiv Kronberg

When homing pigeons became photographers

Saalfoyer, level 1
Pigeons in flight see the earth like we might see it in our dreams, when we're dreaming we can fly. In the beginning of the 20th century, pharmacist Julius Neubronner (1852 - 1932) from Kronberg was experimenting with miniature cameras attached to homing pigeons. weitere Infos
Arthur C. Clarke: Inseln im All
Arthur C. Clarke: Inseln im All
Covergestaltung: Eyke Volkmer

"It doesn't look like this in outer space!"

This was how publisher Wilhelm Goldmann reacted to the cover drafts submitted by illustrator Eyke Volkmer for the science-fiction series of the publishing house. The designs were abstract, airbrushed in vivid colours. If Goldmann knew what it looked like in outer space, he could change the designs accordingly, is what Volkmer replied over 50 years ago. “No, no,” the publisher said in return, “I like what you are doing, it's all fine, we'll continue.” weitere Infos
Foto: Djibirl Sy (Dakar)
Foto: Djibirl Sy (Dakar)

Bamako - Dakar

West African photography today
Ever since the 1990ies, the western art world developed an increasing interest in photographers from South Africa and also from the West African countries Senegal and Mali. Dakar and Bamako in particular are home to a thriving photographers' community that developed along the lines of street, press and studio photography, with their very own pictorial traditions and aesthetics. weitere Infos
Foto: SP/Stadthaus Ulm

Stadthaus terraces

Beehives and planters on the terrace
Since 2014, this terrace has been the home of bee colonies. Bees are extremely important for our ecosystem. With our urban beekeeping project, we want to draw attention to bees.
Our planters have been redesigned and replanted in 2021, providing food for our bees. They also provide information about our local flora, garden escapees and neophytes. Further themes in the planters include plants that used for medical purposes and ‘ephemeral art’.

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