Japan 8-9-3 Achim Duchow - In search of Japan

Photographs 1979 - 1993 at WELTKUNSTZIMMER | 29 January - 16 March 2014 | Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday: 2 - 6 p.| Open during Düsseldorf Photo Weekend | no admission

ACHIM DUCHOW. In Search of Japan.1980 Osaka

ACHIM DUCHOW. In Search of Japan.1978 Hamburg

ACHIM DUCHOW. In Search of Japan.1980 Osaka

ACHIM DUCHOW. In Search of Japan.1980 Osaka

After the death of Achim Duchow in 1993 a selection of photographs will be shown to the public for the first time. The foundation Hans Peter Zimmer provide access to Duchows estate. Within this exhibition Duchows extensive work and the different imagery come to light, showing his multifaceted life.  Achim Duchow visited Japan in between 1979 to 1993.

Known through his ironic paintings and the collaboration between Sigmar Polke, Achim Duchow was more or less undiscovered as a photographer. Most of his images were taken during a scolarship 1979-1981 in Japan. He leaves behind an abundance of observations that show Japan far off classical cherry blossom klichees and mythologization. His vision is marked by documentary techniques and the use of snapshot aesthetics. 

Through a tattoo Duchow gained access to underground associations like the Yakuza, the japanese Mafia organisation. Ya-Ku-Za is a dialectical pronounciation of the numbers 8-9-3 and also means a low hand in the card game Oicho-Kabu. „8-9-3“ address both: the hidden underground as well as the worthless and the subtle. „Japan 8-9-3“ was the title for a draft film by Duchow that had never been realized and its chapters revive within the exhibition. This comes to view in the exhibition by contrasting photo groups and slide projections mixing criminal activities, subculture, underground music scene with daily life and tradition. 

The Hans Peter Zimmer foundation feels strongly bound to the artist Achim Duchow and his past. He was born 1948 and studied at HBK Hamburg in the class of K. B. Brehmer and Sigmar Polke. Polke and Duchow became close friends as they also realized artworks together. 1987 Duchow and some of his colleagues moved to the former CON-SUM, which is today the residence of the foundation Hans Peter Zimmer. Duchow revived the place and its scene, attracted many artists and musicians. Here his full estate is located. 

Curators: Janine Blöß and Max Schulze

January 29 - March 16, 2014


Opening Hours:
Thursday to Sunday: 2 - 6 p.m.
Open during Düsseldorf Photo Weekend

no admission


Frame Programme:
As a very special programme point we invited Prof. Dr. Bazon Brock to give a personal introduction to the exhibition „Japan 8-9-3 Achim Duchow - In search of Japan“, during the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend. Right to the opening reception we are happy to present a concert by Joe Brockerhoff and Achim´s Friends.

Wednesday, Jan 29, starting from 7.00 p.m. 
Opening reception with a concert by Joe Brockerhoff and Achim´s friends

Sunday, Feb 02, starting from 4 p.m.
Introduction to the exhibition by Prof. Bazon Brock, according to the Photoweekend Düsseldorf.

Friday, Feb 07, starting from 8 p.m. 
Film screening „Just visiting this planet“. Afterwards talk with Peter Sempel

Friday, March 14, starting from 7 p.m.
Artist talk „Sights on Japan yesterday/today“ with Klaus Honnef, Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber and Thomas Neumann (talk in german).


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Opening Hours during Düsseldorf Photo Weekend:
Friday, 31 January 2013, 12-9 p.m.
Saturday, 1 February 2013, 12-8 p.m.
Sunday, 2 February 2013, 12-6 p.m.