Aufblick 072: Badische Landesbibliothek, Karlsruhe, 1992, Architect: Oswald Mathias Ungers, Cologne, 1987-92
Aufblick 012: Landeszentralbank (LZB), Frankfurt am Main, 1988, Architects: PAS Städtebau - Albrecht, Jourdan, Müller with Berghof, Landes, Rang, Frankfurt am Main, 1988
Aufblick 050: Hypo-Bank, Düsseldorf, 1991, Architect: Oswald Mathias Ungers, Cologne, 1991

Exhibition "Dieter Leistner – Magic Architectures" in Nuremberg

The Neues Museum in Nuremberg presents a selection from the photo series "Badetempel" and "Aufblicke" of the architecture photographer Dieter Leistner until October 31, 2004.


In the beginning of the 1980s, Dieter Leistner studied at the Folkwang-Schule in Essen. Among his teachers were Reinhart Wolf, Erich von Endt and Robert Lebeck. During his postgraduate studies at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal he also met Willy Fleckhaus. Leistner's project of documenting old indoor swimming pools from the promoterism period and art nouveau quickly developed into a kind of trademark of his specific view of things. According to Leistner's conviction, every building contains a vision, and he tries to catch them. Alongside descriptive and illustrative pictures there are always those that mainly introduce unusual situations and unveil the magical effect of spatial structures.

Leistner is considered one of the leading contemporary interpreters of architecture. Among others, he worked for Gottfried Böhm, Gustav Peichl, Richard Meier, Thomas Herzog, Heinz Bienefeld and O.M. Ungers. Representing and depicting particularities and traits stand in the foreground. In the photo series "Aufblicke" (Looking Up) Leistner produced hundreds of kaleidoscopic views with a high level of abstraction. Looking up is staged in a central perspective. Without manipulating the pictures Leistner thus unveils mysterious structures of the buildings.


Neues Museum

Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design in Nürnberg

Sammlung Design

Luitpoldstraße 5, entry Klarissenplatz

D - 90402 Nürnberg