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‘Melting Pott’ – Germany’s ‘Kohlenpott’ Region

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The series ‘Melting Pott’ by Leica photographer Till Brönner will be on display at the Küppersmühle Museum in Duisburg from 3 July to 6 October 2019.

Till Brönner’s exhibition ‘Melting Pott’ is the most comprehensive showcase of the acclaimed musician and photographer’s work to date. For over a year, Brönner photographed the people and places of one of Germany’s most diverse and contradictory regions. The series presents his personal view of the industrial architecture, natural and cultural landscapes, transport infrastructure and urban environments that characterise Germany’s largest metropolitan agglomeration – which is also home to a vibrant blend of different nationalities and religions.

A particular focus is placed on the dwindling coal mining industry in what is colloquially known as Germany’s ‘Kohlenpott’ (coal pot) region. The Leica photographer was fascinated by the continuing symbolic significance of this once prosperous industry, which also inspired the wordplay in the exhibition title. “Throughout its history, the Ruhr region has fulfilled many different roles. It produced weapons for two world wars, and was the engine of Germany’s economic miracle before falling into steep decline. My interest focuses on the impact this has had on its inhabitants.”

The series was published as a portfolio in LFI 5.2019.

For further details visit MKM Museum Küppersmühle.

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