Duration: June 4 – September 18, 2022

Opening: Friday, June 3rd, 2022, 7 pm


Curator’s tours with Celina Lunsford

Sunday, June 26, August 14 and September 11, 2022, 3 pm

Gallery talk + Book sigining with Elina Brotherus and Celina Lunsford

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 3 pm

Public guided tours

on Wednesdays, 5–6 pm


“Mit Melancholie und Heiterkeit bringt diese Fotografin Kunst und Existenz zusammen” (With melancholy and serenity, this female photographer brings together art and existence)

Katharina J. Cichosch, TAZ, 04.06.2022 

She changes roles and perspectives, plays with relationships in the creative process and opens ever new doors between photography and the visual arts with palpable delight. The FFF honours the Finnish artist Elina Brotherus with the comprehensive survey show IN REFERENCE TO A SUNNY PLACE.

On display are central themes and works from the past 20 years. In various image series and video works, Brotherus repeatedly deals with the connections between model and artist, between man and woman, figure and place, as well as with the genres of portraiture and the nude. With her typical humorous and ironic self-staging, she explores emotions and tensions: being alone and being together, being lost and being safe, love, sadness, joy. Often it is her examination of various art movements from Romanticism to Fluxus that inspire.

On show amongst others is the series Sebaldiana. Memento Mori, Brotherus’ preoccupation with the German literary figure W.G. Sebald and her mother’s short life as an artist.

Elina Brotherus, born in Helsinki, is considered one of the most important contemporary photo artists in Europe. Her work has been exhibited internationally since 1997, is widely published and can be found in renowned collections.

    ELINA BROTHERUS – IN REFERENCE TO A SUNNY PLACE is supported by the Feith Foundation, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation and the Women’s Department of the City of Frankfurt.

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