OSTKREUZ Exhibitions

For more than 30 years, OSTKREUZ creates and develops photography exhibitions. The agency’s photographers work worldwide on topics of social relevance. Their pictures are shown in museums, galleries and institutions in Germany and internationally. Also, they appear in numerous art collections.

Our exhibitions can be rented and presented by you. In addition, we can create and curate presentations that are specifically adapted to your exhibition venue – using pieces from the OSTKREUZ agency’s storied image archive.

The spectrum of exhibition topics ranges from the social sea change in Germany before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall to current issues concerning youth, Europe, war and migration.

OSTKREUZ stands for a visual language rooted in documentary photography and for fostering auteur approaches.

Exhibition rental

We rent out our exhibitions to museums, institutions, galleries and to companies from the private sector. In a collaborative approach between you and the artists, the exhibitions are adapted to your site’s specifics. In addition to the artworks themselves, we will provide you with accompanying publications and extensive press material. 

If you are interested in renting an exhibition, we would be pleased to hear from you. We’re happy to make you an offer.

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Conception of exhibitions

OSTKREUZ built up an extensive archive of images and exhibitions in the field of artistic documentary photography from the 1970s to the present. OSTKREUZ photographers have shed light on the socially relevant topics of the last 50 years. The spectrum of photographic positions ranges from portrait and reportage to artistic and conceptual. For museums and galleries, public and private institutions, we conceive and curate individual exhibitions on commission. 

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Examples of exhibition concepts

City, Country, Work at Speicher Gramzow, 2021

City, Country, Work at Speicher Gramzow, 2021

City, Country, Work at Speicher Gramzow, 2021

After the escape at Zionskirche, Berlin 2022

After the escape at Zionskirche, Berlin 2022

After the escape at Zionskirche, Berlin 2022

After the escape at Zionskirche, Berlin 2022

Leipzig, Twin city from Kyjiw

Memmingen, Twin city from Tschernihiw

Freiburg, Twin city from Lwiw

Munich, Twin city from Kyjiw

Nürnberg, Twin city from Charkiw

Bergisch Gladbach, Twin city from Butscha

Borna, Twin city from Irpin


In 1990, seven East German photographers have founded OSTKREUZ in East Berlin – shortly after the fall of the Wall and before the reunification of Germany. Today, OSTKREUZ is a renowned German photography agency run by its 26 photographers. All members work on commission as well as on free projects. 


Abtei Neumünster, Luxembourg
Academy of the arts, Berlin
Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst / Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus
Central House of Artists, Moscow
Centre photographique documentaire, Sète
C/O Berlin Foundation
Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Eschborn
Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden
European School of Management and Technology, Berlin
Forum ALTE POST, Pirmasens
Fotografie-Forum der StädteRegion Aachen, Monschau
Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, Berlin
Fotohaus ParisBerlin, Arles
Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille
Fridericianum, Kassel
FUGA – Budapest Center of Architecture
Galerie Fenster, Eberswalde
Galerie Passage du Désir, Paris
Galerie Wedding, Berlin
Galleria Grazia Neri, Mailand
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Goethe-Institut (worldwide)
Gruner + Jahr Verlagshaus, Hamburg
Haus der Geschichte, Bonn
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Institut français, Berlin
Institut Pierre Werner, Luxembourg
Keramikmuseum Westerwald
Kulturforum Schorndorf e.V.
Kultur- und Kongresshaus Magdeburg
Kunstfoyer Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, Munich
Kunsthalle Erfurt
Kunsthalle Mannheim
Kunsthalle Rostock
Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg
MCK International Cultural Centre, Krakow
Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rom
Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Gera
Museum Helmond
Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf
Pfefferberg, Berlin
Postfuhramt, Berlin
PPS, Düsseldorf
Radialsystem, Berlin
Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin
Schafhof – Europäisches Künstlerhaus Upper Bavaria
Schleswig-Holstein-Haus Kulturforum, Schwerin
Schloß Biesdorf, Berlin
Schloß Wolfsburg
SIDE Gallery, Newcastle
Speicher Gramzow
Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
Vieille Église de Saint-Vincent, Mérignac
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Leipzig
ZEPHYR – Raum für Fotografie, Mannheim
Zionskirche, Berlin

& more 


Kathrin Kohle
Exhibition management