About ZEPHYR - space for Photography!
ZEPHYR – Space for Photography!, one of the most important public exhibition spaces for contemporary photography and related media in Germany, is located in the Bassermannhaus Museum. ZEPHYR is supported by the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, the City of Mannheim’s Cultural Office, and the Curt Engelhorn Foundation. This enables it to organize a program that is not only geared toward the art market’s commercialism but also highlights neglected and exciting trends in the medium of photography. Since early 2005, ZEPHYR has been implementing its wide-ranging program of international contemporary art in numerous individual, group, and comprehensive thematic shows on its own premises and at the rem.
ZEPHYR opened in the spring of 2005 with a show entitled “Tell Me about the War” by two young British photographers. Since then, the exhibition gallery has been offering an ambitious program of contemporary photography and related media in numerous temporary shows. The exhibition program has included the project “my vision: Ideas for the World of Tomorrow” in 2007 as part of the 400th anniversary of the city of Mannheim and the important architecture photographer Julius Shulmann’s largest European show “Cool and Hot” in 2010. Furthermore, current issues shape the program and such shows as “Bodies of Evidence” in 2014. This investigative and documentary photography project (originally entitled “Corpi di Reato” in Italian) by three young Italians grew out of their desire to expose the Mafia’s invisible power in Italy.
Other highlights of ZEPHYR’s program are events accompanying the annual Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg Photo Festival and its collaboration with the WELDE Art Award for Photography.