With the exhibition The Incredible World of Photography, the Kunstmuseum Basel celebrates a twofold premiere: the first comprehensive portrait of Ruth and Peter Herzog’s photography collection in Switzerland is also the first presentation at the Kunstmuseum dedicated to the history of photography. A serendipitous flea market find in the 1970s led Ruth and Peter Herzog to begin building what has since grown into a singular photography collection encompassing over 500,000 pictures. The holdings range from the medium’s early days to the 1970s and reflect all major developments in analog photography. For the nineteenth century, in particular, the two collectors made...
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