Origin and vision of the
Photographic Collection

Dialogue between exhibition and architecture

The palace building, completed in 1730, consists of a two-story main house with a characteristic high roof and two pavilions that are connected to the main house by gallery buildings. For centuries the extraordinary building was the seat of the von Maltzahn family. After the expropriation following the Second World War, it was used in different ways, after reunification it stood empty and fell into disrepair. In 2011, the Berlin art collector Torsten Kunert acquired the ensemble, which was classified as a national monument, with the intention of creating a publicly accessible cultural site with its photographic collection.

Today, the two floors of the main building are reserved for the permanent exhibition of selected collections, while an annually changing thematic exhibition is shown on the top floor. Cabinet exhibitions in one of the pavilions, a permanent exhibition with sculptures by the sculptor Uwe Schloen and music events complement the cultural offerings in the castle. In the outdoor area, a summer flower meadow invites you to take a walk from the castle down to Germany’s eighth largest lake.

Works of the exhibition

The focus of the collections of the Photography Collection – Schloss Kummerow today is on contemporary works that have been created since the turn of the millennium, including important works by Thomas Demand, Steve McCurry, Andreas Mühe, Wolfgang Tillmans and Sebastião Salgado. Since the 1990s, however, historical vintage prints from the period after 1945 have been the foundation of the collection. The photographs of renowned representatives of Eastern photography, which document past and subsequent life worlds of people in the territory of the former GDR, are also an important part of the collection.

What is striking is the density of large-format works that can unfold their visual power in the baroque rooms and tie in with their once much-praised tapestry furnishings. Because the Night (2012) by Richard Mosse, with its more than five meters, Michael Wesely’s six-meter water lily picture (Water Lilies von Giverny, June 24, 2014, 8:55 am to 9:00 pm, 2014), Werner Mahler’s extensive chronology of a high school graduation class since 1977 (high school graduates, 1977 / 78–2015) and Wolfgang Tillmans Freischwimmer (2006) the cornerstones of the exhibition.