25 May–15 September, 2019
Humankind’s first steps on the Moon became etched in the collective consciousness via the lenses of the Hasselblad cameras which formed part of each Apollo mission from 1969 to 1972. The images are among the most iconic in the history of photography. They showed us the Moon – as well as the Earth – as we had never seen it before. In 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, Moonlight: 50 years of photographing the Moon will explore the evolving relationship between humanity and the Moon through the medium of photography, encompassing ideas of science, documentary, experiment, and progress but also art, imagination, parody and critique.
The exhibition is curated by Melanie Vandenbrouck and Marek Kukula, Royal Museums Greenwich, in collaboration with Louise Wolthers and Dragana Vujanovic Östlind, Hasselblad Foundation. It is conceived as a companion piece to a major exhibition on the cultural and scientific history of the Moon, to be held at Royal Museums Greenwich, London, from 19th July 2019 to 5th January 2020. Together the two exhibitions will stand in dialogue with each other, presenting a survey of the Moon in art from antiquity to the present day.
Taking as a starting point the profound cultural impact of the 1969 moon landing, Moonlight will focus on photography in the post-Apollo era, from 1960s euphoria to 21st century questions of ownership and exploitation.