Start date: 1. August 2021

End date: 31. December 2021


Longing for the Faraway in the People's Republic of Poland

Stefan Arczyński - A globetrotter turns 105

With more than 100,000 negatives, slides and positives, the Stefan Arczyński collection is one of the largest collections in the Herder Institute’s picture archive. On July 31, 2021, the well-known German-Polish photographer celebrated his 105th birthday. On this anniversary we would like to present the exhibition published in 2016 “100 Years – 100 Pictures: Stefan Arczyński”, published in 2016, with its focus on Poland, and thus present the “other” Arczyński.

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This time we will focus on motifs from around the world that demonstrate his outstanding qualities as an art photographer. Arczyński was passionately interested in natural and man-made forms and structures (roofs, trees, landscapes), urban life (“street life”) and, last but not least, people themselves: During his many journeys through Europe, the USA, to Asia and Africa, he created impressive portraits.

After the selected motifs on these topics from all over the world, the picture gallery presents the sequence of pictures designed for Stefan Arczyński’s 100th birthday: one section shows the range of his photographic interests; this is followed by a variety of pictures from Arczyński’s adopted hometown of Wrocław/Breslau; then color photographs from Poland provide a colorful accent; the last section offers characteristic motifs of the Polish capital Warszawa/Warsaw.

Ausstellung Stefan Arczynski_310148
“Gekröntes” Haupt auf Bali: Frau mit Buddhakopf. Indonesien, Stefan Arczyński 1994. © Herder-Institut, Inv.-Nr. 310148