Masterworks of Modern Photography 1900-1940

The Thomas Walther Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York




Herbert Bayer, Humanly Impossible, 1932, gelatin silver print, 15 5/16 x 11 9/16

The exhibition is dedicated to Thomas Walther’s photographic collection, acquired in 2001 by the New York MoMA. The German collector, currently based in Zurich, has collected hundreds of photographs taken during the years between the two World Wars: a period of great creative experimentation during which numerous resources of this expressive medium were investigated. The exhibition also includes iconic photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott, El Lissitzky, Lucia Moholy and Paul Strand, exhibited alongside other less known but equally significant artists.


  • Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, 6900 Lugano
  • Tue / Wed / Fri: 10 am – 5 pm
    Thurs: 10 am – 7 pm
    Sat: 10 am – 6 pm
    Sun / Mon / Public Holidays: closed
  • Curated by Francesca Benini

    Press conference
    Friday October 23th,
    11 am

    Saturday October 25th,
    6 pm

  • Full Price: CHF 15.–/Reduced Price: CHF 12.–