Lee Miller, Fire Masks, London, 1941 © Lee Miller Archives, East Sussex, England
Lee Miller: A Photographer Between War And Glamour
Jun 10 – Sep 24, 2023
Bucerius Kunst Forum
Hamburg, Germany

Elizabeth “Lee” Miller (1907–1977) is one of the most versatile photographers and photojournalists of the 20th century. Her oeuvre combines the contrasting genres of surrealism, fashion, portrait and travel photography, all the way to war reporting. The Bucerius Kunst Forum documents with the show Lee Miller: A Photographer between War and Glamour, how Miller went her own way as an artist and war reporter, repeatedly breaking conventions both in terms of content and form. For the first time, her life’s work will be on view in its entirety in Hamburg.

The exhibition presents 150 photographs from the period 1929 to 1973 and thus shows the entire breadth of Miller’s life’s work. Organised in cooperation with the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich and the Lee Miller Archives, the exhibition divides Miller’s creative phases into the chapters Modelling, Fashion and Portraits, Surrealism, Women at War, Miller’s War, Concentration Camps, Liberated Paris and Food, Friends, Farley Farm.

In the 1920s, Lee Miller posed for the pre-eminent photographers of the twentieth century. After two years in front of the camera, she then switched sides. She met the surrealist Man Ray in Paris and worked with him on joint photo projects and experiments with the solarisation technique. Miller also made contact with other fellow artists among the Parisian avant-garde and dabbled in the Surrealist style before developing her own artistic language.

[ . . . ]

Miller’s haunting accounts of the war for Vogue made her one of the most renowned photojournalists of the twentieth century. The impact of Surrealism on her photographic practice would give her a unique way of approaching the gruesome sights she encountered at the recently liberated concentration camps of Dachau and Buchenwald in a special, fearless way. Miller’s pictures indeed seem absurd at times, and yet these are uncensored scenes of the real-life horrors of war. Traumatised by her wartime experiences, Miller returned to England after the end of the war and ceased work as a professional photographer. She discovered cooking as a new pursuit, creating her own recipes and welcoming many prominent figures on the European art scene to her home in East Sussex.

  • Bastardie
    Jun 7–30, 2024
    Paris, France

    How can speech practices that trouble official languages disrupt the established social order and open up other configurations? Do they have the potential to impact the way we look or act? Its title pays tribute to Alice Becker-ho, a linguist associated with the Situationist International, known for her interest in the lexicons of gypsies and Roma. (more…)

  • Grey Crawford. Chroma, 1978–85, Vol 1
    Beam Editions

    In 1978 Grey Crawford created a body of colour photographic work that was so radical in its aesthetic and technique that few people to this day understand how it was made. Chroma documents late 70s Los Angeles in a period of radical urban transformation. Scenes of vernacular architecture, demolition sites and everyday places are contrasted with graphic forms that float on the surface and sit within the image. (more…)

    May 31 – Nov 3, 2024
    Stasys Museum
    Panevėžys, Lithuania

    On this day… Stasys arrives back at his home village, Lepšiai… It all happens in May 2024… That’s when the Stasys Museum opens up to the public, a museum titled after him. This was never predicted – the future from there, a little village, in the house within a disorderly wooden structure, run down with dripping roofs, filled with bellowing, roaring farm animals… No fairy tales could be heard there… But just one hour’s walk away from Lepšiai, the white rectangular building stands proudly in the city centre (more…)

  • A Model
    Feb 9 – Sep 8, 2024

    We all have ideas of what a contemporary art museum should be. Those who founded Mudam Luxembourg, for example, envisioned a museum that would encompass many aspects of contemporary culture, such as art, design and architecture. While one believes the museum to be a place for the presentation of modern art, others view it as a showcase for Luxembourgish creation. And some see Mudam as a space for collectivity, for openness, for events and an experimental approach. (more…)

  • Ernest Cole: A Lens in Exile
    Jun 13 – Oct 12, 2024
    London, UK

    Offering a rare and reflective insight into the seminal South African photographer Ernest Cole, A Lens in Exile is the first exhibition of his photographs documenting New York City during the height of the civil rights movement in America. Best known for his radical images documenting the violence of apartheid, Cole fled South Africa in 1966 and was officially made stateless in 1968. (more…)

Visit our New Announcement Submission page > Announcement Submission page >