12. May - 28. May 2023

Days of Democracy. Photographs by Barbara Klemm

Days of Democracy. Photographs by Barbara Klemm



Protest movements and upheavals: Barbara Klemm's photographs create a mosaic of the zeitgeist. They capture great moments of political decisions as well as reverberating social moods. Unparalleled, they leave a
mark on our visual memory of the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. For 40 years, the photographer worked for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Her black-and-white photographs went far beyond the documentary. The immediacy of the snapshots is transformed into thoughtful pictorial compositions that, from today's perspective, seem to foreshadow historical developments. The exhibition at Villa 102 seeks out large and small democratic processes in Barbara Klemm's work. The selection of images shows key moments of German reunification and social protest movements, but also asks about social and political participation in the postwar decades. These are the days of democracy.

Curated by Daniela Leykam and the KfW Stiftung in collaboration with Barbara Klemm.

You missed the event? Take a look back at the Days of Democracy here.


Democracy in Dialogue


11.05.2023, Admittance 17:00
Welcome, 18:00
Dr. Lutz Christian Funke, KfW Stiftung
Daniela Leykam, KfW Stiftung
Manfred Köhler, FAZ

Reading „Barbara Klemm: eine Fotografin für die Demokratie“, 18:45
Dr. Paula Macedo Weiß, Paulskirche Network

Barbara Klemm in conversation, 19:00


Podium Talk

1848-1989: Can Germans Do Revolution? Joachim Gauck in Dialogue with Carsten Knop 

15.05.2023, Admittance 18:30
Welcome, 19:00
Stefan Wintels, KfW Bankengruppe
Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff, Paulskirche Network

Podium Talk, 19:20 

The podium talk is sold out. You are welcome to register for the waiting list or to follow the talk via livestream on www.faz.net/aktuell.


About the Project

Precisely against the backdrop of the great social upheavals of the present, the view of the postwar period is changing. Questions are being raised about the stability, but also the cumbersome nature of our democracy. The view of history is changing and there are calls for reorganisation. On the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Frankfurt National Assembly in the Paulskirche, the project "Tage der Demokratie" (Days of  Democracy) in the historic Villa 102 wants to invite people to think further.

A project of KfW Stiftung kindly supported by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Developed in collaboration with the Paulskirche Network. 



Public Programme for the exhibition

  • Guided Tours through the Exhibition (in German) - Friday 12, 19 and 26.05.2023, 18:00-18:45 - All tours are SOLD OUT! You are welcome to register for the waiting list
  • Curator's Tour with an Aperitif (in German) - 16.05.2023, 18:00-19:00 - SOLD OUT! You are welcome to register for the waiting list

Capacity is limited, registration for the tours is required.
Guided group tours upon request: veranstaltungen@kfw-stiftung.de



Image Credits

Barbara Klemm, Demonstation agains the Vietnam War, Frankfurt a. M., 1970 
(c) Barbara Klemm


Date: Fri, 12. May 2023, 13:00 Uhr

Duration: 12. May - 28. May 2023

Location: Villa 102 Bockenheimer Landstraße 102, 60323 Frankfurt am Main

Opening Hours of the Exhibition
Thur-Fri 13:00-19:00
Sat-Sun 12:00-18:00
Mon-Wed closed

On Ascension Day the exhibition is open from 13:00-19:00.

Free Admission.

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