Robert Petschow and the new seeing

Robert Petschow

Since 2014 the Berlinische Galerie has awarded an annual Thomas Friedrich Research Grant in Photography. Michael Kempf, the recipient in 2019, worked on Robert Petschow (1888–1945), whose often seemingly outlandish aerial views taken in the 1920s and 1930s are still held in great esteem by historians of the medium. Petschow, one of the best-known balloonists in the Weimar Republic, not only published his images in aviation journals, but also contributed them to celebrated exhibitions and publications devoted to New Vision photography. Some thirty of his works will be shown in their own room within the permanent collection. Photographs from the holdings of the Berlinische Galerie will be complemented by loans from the Museum of Art and Cultural History of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck.

The Thomas Friedrich Research Grant in Photography is sponsored by its founder, the designer, publisher, photo-historian, and collector Manfred Heiting (The Heiting Library Trust). It offers researchers an opportunity to spend a year investigating a specific set of works in the Photography Collection.


14.Oct 4:00 pm

Guided Tour with Ulrich Domröse (curator)

Guidet Tour

Ulrich Domröse, curator of photography, gives a guided tour and explains the work of Robert Petschow. The tour will be in German.


Berlinische Galerie Alte Jakobstraße 124 10969 Berlin

Additional Information

Only 10 people can take part in the tour. Please arrive on time and register at the ticket counter.

Registration required

At the ticket counter on the day of the event takes place .

Guided tour included in the entrance fee. Admission: 8 € / 5 €, under 18 years free

17.Oct 11:00 am

Photo Book Talk / Distanz Verlag

Photo Book Talk

Paul Hutchinson, Ralf Marsault, and Ashkan Sahihi gaze through the photographic lens at phenomena of urban culture and communitization. Nevertheless, their protagonists, subjects, and artistic approaches couldn’t be more different. In a panel discussion marking the publication of three volumes by Hutchinson, Marsault, and Sahihi, Distanz asks the artists: in today’s digital world, what is the value of analogue photography as a record of the time? What role do artistic publications play in this? And how can the medium of photography artistically document processes of urban change? Visit us at the publishing house and talk to the artists in person.


Berlinische Galerie Alte Jakobstraße 124 10969 Berlin

Registration required

Free Admission