New ways of exhibiting mass-produced pictures

On working with historical pictures

01.12. - 02.12.2016

Image Credits


01.12. - 02.12.2016


Museumsakademie Joanneum

Meeting point

Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, Vienna (AT)


180 €, reduced fee 150 € (The reduced fee is available to students, trainees, unemployed people, and employees of this year’s cooperation partners.)

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About the

Since the last third of the 19th century, pictures have been reproduced in ever more cost-effective ways and in greater volumes. Serial formats like trade cards, commercial photographs or postcards spread throughout the social sphere – and in the process, affected what they depicted. In the context of exhibitions, there has not been much reflection on the use of these mass-produced pictures. Often, they are relegated to an illustrative role and thus remain simply an embellishment of the “actual” objects. This workshop will attempt to take an alternative view on these massively circulating pictures. What strategies can we think of for casting them as powerful agents of social processes, identifications and self-descriptions? What can these pictures tell us? And how can we display them in the exhibition space? On the basis of specific examples, we will discuss the possibilities of reflective forms of presentation and consider the ethical implications of exhibiting historical mass-produced pictures – and how we want to work with them.

In cooperation

with Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art


Felix Axster Research Associate, Centre for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University of Berlin (DE)
Isabel Enzenbach Research Associate, Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism at the Technical University of Berlin (DE) 
Joachim Hainzl Collector and social historian, Verein Xenos, Graz (AT)
Friedrich Tietjen Freelance photo, art and cultural scientist, Leipzig (AT)



Eva Tropper Research Associate, GrazMuseum, Graz (AT)
Herbert Justnik Curator of the photo collection, Volkskundemuseum Vienna (AT)