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ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander

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ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander
29th September 2012 - 6th January 2013
(This exhibition is now closed)
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester

Presenting one of the most comprehensive
exhibitions of August Sander’s work in England.


New Walk Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to present one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of August Sander’s work in England, presenting 175 works by one of the twentieth century’s most important photographers.

The exhibition of German photographer August Sander (1876-1964) draws together 175 photographs and a wide range of archival material from the collections of Tate, National Galleries of Scotland, Anthony d’Offay and Gerd Sander.

This presentation creates a unique opportunity to see the different facets of August Sander’s photographic practice, including his celebrated portraits alongside less well known aspects of his work.

August Sander’s most significant project was ‘The People of the Twentieth Century’. Sander wanted to create an encyclopaedic survey of different types of people from the first half of the twentieth century. His working life in Germany spanned the First World War, the interwar years, the rise of the Nazi party, the Second World War and its aftermath.

His photographs are unflinching documents of a society going through huge change. The work reflects both the catastrophic political convulsions that Germany was enduring and a society slowly coming to terms with the impact of industrialisation. The clarity and breadth of his vision remains powerful and his vocational portraits still resonate today.

Curated by August Sander’s Grandson, Gerd Sander, the selection of work reflects his understanding both of Sander’s technical genius and the context in which the photographs were produced, knowing many of the stories behind the sitters and their relationship to Sander.

August Sander is a key figure in the history of photography and his influence as a photographer can be felt across the 20th century through the work of Diane Arbus, Walker Evans and Bernd and Hilla Becher. It continues to fascinate today.

August Sander’s exhibition will be presented alongside Leicester’s internationally acclaimed collection of 20th century German Expressionist art and touring exhibition of George Grosz from the Hayward Gallery. Offering a unique opportunity to view Sander’s work alongside German artists from the same period.

Watch the interview with Exhibition Curator, Hugo Worthy

Watch the interview with Head of Arts & Museums Service, Sarah Levitt

View August Sander Image Gallery 

Aesthetica Magazine: Exhibtiion Review

Opening Hours:

Monday - Saturday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am - 5.00pm

24th, 25th, 26th, 31st December 2012 & 1st January 2013

Free Admission

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA

T: 0116 225 4900


Get inspired by the exhibition and share your own interpretation or modern recreations of August Sander’s photography to our facebook group, tweet to @leicestermuseum using #sandergram or upload to the Sandergram flickr group.

The best images will be selected for an exhibition at Leicester Peoples Photographic Gallery, in partnership with Leicester College, 18 March - 12 April 2013.

To provide inspiration for your Sandergram's we are posting a daily Sandergram from our our twitter and facebook channels.

We are selecting a August Sander work from the exhibition and posting a tweet and facebook post everyday at 10.30am. Follow us on twitter and facebook

Find out more about Sandergram and how to get involved visit the Sandergram webpage.


In Conversation: Gerd Sander
Friday 28th September
5.00pm – 7.00pm (Talk at 6.00pm)
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

A special opportunity to preview the exhibition and hear a fascinating in conversation event between Gerd Sander, grandson of August Sander and curator of this exhibition with museum curator, Hugo Worthy discussing his grandfather’s work. Pre-booking essential to book your free place, call 0116 225 4900 or email

Portrait Photography Post Sander
Anna Douglas In Conversation with Alan Duncan
Monday 17th December
6.00pm – 7.00pm (Refreshments: 5.30pm - 6pm)
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is showing the most comprehensive exhibition of August Sander’s work in England for more than a decade. To explore his impact on photography Curator Anna Douglas and Photographer Alan Duncan discuss his legacy.

‘Portrait Photography Post Sander’ will explore the evolution of the portrait from the living room wall of August Sander’s subjects to the art gallery via the paparazzi, fashion and documentary. For more details please call 0116 225 4900 or please book your place online.

Learning Project

Leicester Arts & Museums Learning and Leicester College, Creative Arts and Media Department and Photography have formed an exciting partnership enabling their students to be inspired and energised by the work of August Sander and consequently raise the profile of photography in the city.

Through research and enquiry building knowledge and depth, the students have allowed the influence of Sander to have a significant impact on their own pieces. There are many facets to the project that have led to the numerous outcomes; a lively discussion with Gerd Sander, working with contemporary artist Gareth McConnell, curatorial exhibition talks, design workshops and organising their own exhibition.

The students work is exhibited across the city throughout the duration of the August Sander exhibition and beyond, at specific external locations and through the use of digital technology in New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. A selection of Leicester College students work is shown on billboards and City Centre poster sites to mark the project during December 2012. Enabling the students to have the opportunity of a challenging and exciting range of formats in which to produce and showcase their work.

Find out more about the Sandergram and Leicester College project visit the Sandergram webpage or visit

With thanks for their support to the Learning projects:

John E Wright
Leicester College
Leicester Peoples Photographic Gallery

ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is an inspired partnership with the Art Fund - the fundraising charity for works of art, and the Scottish Government, making the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international contemporary art available to galleries throughout the UK.

ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d'Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.

Image credit:
August Sander, Young Farmers (Jungbauern) 1914. ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010.
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