Museum of Photography, Berlin

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Current exhibitions in one of the best museums in Berlin deal with the theme of surveillance. Three exhibitions are content-coordinated with each other and include historic and present artistic positions on the subject. All of them raise the question of importance of privacy and preservation of our basic human rights.

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This exhibition illustrates the reactions of contemporary artists to the present practices of surveillance and control. Through 10 different aspects and views of surveillance, artists challenge the visitors’ perspective. It was rather daunting to see how far the surveillance goes and who collects all of our information we send out to the world. It is as if privacy has become the most precious currency in the modern era.

One of the most chilling parts of the exhibition were the photos of the spying system that went on in East Germany during GDR times.

Besides the current exhibitions, museum is definitely worth a visit for the Helmut Newton collection and changing exhibitions of his work.

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