Gluckauf Bertien Van Manen

Exhibition Gluckauf by Bertien van Manen extended

The exhibition Gluckauf by internationally acclaimed photographer Bertien van Manen, is still on view until 1 October.  

Since mid-April, SCHUNCK museum has been showing the exhibition Gluckauf, by Bertien van Manen. In the exhibition, Van Manen, who grew up in Heerlen, exhibits some of the results of the many international trips she made to various mining communities. On display are photographs Van Manen took in the British mining town of New Sharlston, among other places. Also on display is work from the photo series 'Moonshine', which consists of portraits of American female miners in the Appalachian Mountains in the United States and miners in Siberia. The name of the exhibition refers to the greeting with which miners across national borders wished each other a safe return from underground.

Van Manen mostly photographed miners in an unpolished manner in their personal environment. She was mainly concerned with the human side; and that made for intimate images. She photographed mother and daughters in a swimming pool, children in front of the TV, families at the kitchen table, miners on the bus, etcetera. Van Manen often built lifelong friendships with the people she captured.

Free Sunday guided tour

With the extension of the exhibition, an extra Sunday guided tour will also take place on 24 September. During the tour, you will discover all the ins and outs behind the Gluckauf exhibition. The Sunday tour is free, you only pay for your museum admission ticket.