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Black Power – Flower Power

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From February 3 to June 3, 2018, marking the fiftieth year since the death of Martin Luther King, the Ludwig Museum is presenting works by the photographer couple, Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch.

With empathy and a certain distance, they captured San Francisco during the tumultuous sixties – a time when the west coast of the US, in particular, was a hub that brought together the various civil rights movements and countercultures that gave rise to the Black Panthers, and to hippies trying out new life and work styles in the city’s Haight-Ashbury district.

The politicization and radicalization that followed the murder of Malcolm X, and the bloody, racial unrests in Watts, Los Angeles, shared the same space as anarchistic hedonism, while agitative Black Panther posters plastered the cityscape right next to the psychedelic ones. In 2013, the Pirkle Jones Foundation in San Francisco gifted the Ludwig Museum with 51 photographs. Now they are being presented as a collection for the first time.

Further information at: Museum Ludwig

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