Germaine Krull’s works return to Bangkok after decades

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(Photo courtesy of the Jim Thompson Art Center)

Until October 2, see “Germaine Krull: the return of the avant-garde”, an exhibition co-organized by Anna-Catharina Gebbers and Maren Niemeyer. It features the awe-inspiring works of Germaine Krull, the late photographer, revolutionary and wartime journalist whose works are presented to Thai audiences for the first time at the Jim Thompson Art Center.

Born in 1897 in Posen, in present-day Poland, Krull was hailed as a pioneer of avant-garde photography. She lived a bohemian life and reinvented herself many times, especially in Bangkok, Thailand. His works have made significant contributions to the fields of photomontage, photobooks and photojournalism. Krull studied photography in Munich but moved to Paris from 1926 to 1935, where she produced advertisements and fashion photography and contributed intimate and expressive reporting for the Illustrated Magazine. SEEN. Her highly acclaimed photobook Metal (1928) featured images of the Eiffel Tower and other modernist structures in Paris and Rotterdam, illustrating New Vision photography.

She arrived in Thailand in 1947 for a short break to recover from her work as a war correspondent, but the country became one of the longest chapters of her life. Alongside the charismatic American Jim Thompson, she became co-owner of the Oriental Hotel on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. After two decades in Thailand, Krull retired from the hotel business in 1966, moved to India and converted to Buddhism, and lived alongside Tibetan monks.

For the first time, his works return to Bangkok. The exhibition at the Jim Thompson Art Center presents a selection of works, provided by the Germaine Krull Archive of Museum Folkwang in Essen, which manages its artistic heritage. The exhibition offers an overview of her experimental photographs, including photographs she created in Thailand that have never been exhibited before.

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