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Jitka Hanzlovà was born in Náchod, Czech Republic in 1958. Lives and works in Essen, Germany.

By choosing the portrait, and especially the female portrait, Hanzlovà uses photography as if it was a variant of the painting technique, as it builds the scene of the image with extreme accuracy and formal rigor, leaving nothing to improvisation: hair color, the makeup, the clothes are matched exactly to some element of the background, so as to create an effect of unity and harmony among the various parties of the composition. Backgrounds subside in a blur similar to what you can achieve with painting and the subjects stand out in a sharp focus that highlights the nuances of their inner world. There is not a narrative intent, but descriptive: in fact, the artist places the subject in particular places and studies the relationships between people and the surrounding space.

Hanzlovà won the Grand Prix Award – Project Grant in Arles in 2003 and Paris Photo award in 2007. She has exhibited all over the world. Among her solo shows, it is worth mentioning those at Museum Folkwang in Essen, at Stedelijlk Museum in Amsterdam, at Fotomuseum in Winthertur, at Kunstverein in Frankfurt and in at Mapfre Foundation in Madrid in 2012. The Gallery presented her works in 2000 with her first Italian solo show and in 2006 with the series Forest.



Born 1958 in Náchod, Czech Republic.
Lives and works in Essen, Germany.



Paris Photo Prize for Contemporary Photography

Grand Prix Award - Project Grant 2003, Arles

Shortlisted for the Citibank Photography Prize 2003, London

Shortlisted for The Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize 2000, London

Stipendium der Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur des Landes NRW, Düsseldorf

Kunststipendium der DZ BANK Frankfurt European Photography Award 1995

Otto Steinert


2007 – 2014

2007 — 2013
There Is Something I Do Not Know

2009 – 2012

2005 – 2010

2004 – 2006

2000 – 2005


1997 – 2000


1994 – 1996

1990 – 1994


Jitka Hanzlová: Two Silences, Národní Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic (until 2020)



Between Continuum. Photography and film since 1990, Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
Jitka Hanzlová, F2, Madrid, Spain
John Berger / Jitka Hanzlová, Fish Friends Flowers, Gallery Peter Sillem, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA

HORSE, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Berlin in Cooperation with Kicken Berlin, Germany

One to One, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

Georg Kargl Fine Art, Wien

Galerie Mai 36, Zurich Museos Gijon, Astorias

Mapre Foundation, Madrid
There is something I donʼt know, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan; Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
Forest, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
Jitka Hanzlová, National Gallery, Edinburgh

Portraits, Art Berlin Contemporary, Galerie Kicken, Berlin

Hier, Kicken Gallery, Berlin

Wie wirklich ist die Wirklichkeit?, Goethe-Institut, Riga Kunsthaus, Bregenz

Kicken Gallery, Berlin

Galerie 20/21, Essen, Germany
Forest, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano
MAI 36 Galerie, Zürich

Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague Kunstverein, Arnsberg, with Juul Kraijer Museum Folkwang, Essen

Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna

Angel Roww Gallery, Notingham

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Galerie J. Svestka, Prague Galerie-Edition 20.21, Essen

Goethe Institut, Prague
Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Bewerly Hils, Los Angeles
Jitka Hanzlovà, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano
Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert, Inc, New York
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg

K. Gasser & T. Grunert, Inc, New York
Galerie Patrick de Brock, Knokke, (with Dirk Braeckmnn) Photomuseum Argazki Euskal Museoa, Zaratutz Galerie Le Lieu, Lorient

Galerie db - s, Antwerpen
Goethe Institut, Budapest
Galerie Marie-José van de Loo, München Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca

Museum Schloß Hardenberg, Velbert

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt

Galerie db - s, Antwerpen
La Maison de la Photographie, Lectoure



BEHOLD THE MAN, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg
PORTRAIT, Kunstverein Oldenburg, Germany
The Photographic I – Other Pictures, S.M.A.K. Gent, Belgium
Umbrüche: Industrie – Landschaft – Wandel, MuT – Museum unter Tage, Stiftung Situation Kunst, Bochum, Germany
MADE IN GERMANY, German Photography from the 19th Century to Today, XieZielong Photography Art Center, Changsha, China
Notions of Home, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
Portraits. Photographs from the MAPFRE Collection, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City
Seht, da ist der Mensch / Behold the Man, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg, Germany
Das Abenteuer unserer Sammlung II, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany

FACES. European Portrait Photography since 1990, Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece. CentroCentro Madrid, Spain. VISAGES/FACES, Panels, quays of the Seine/ Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
MADE IN GERMANY, German Photography from the 19th Century to Today, Shenzhen International Photography Week 2016, Shenzhen Art Museum, China
mit anderen augen – das portrait in der zeitgenössischen fotografie, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany. Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany.
LUX: The Radiant Sea, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA
Landscapes & People. From the Photographic Collection of the Albertina (edited by Monika Faber) Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Human Nature, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Germany

La sottile linea del tempo. Opere dalla collezione AGI Verona, Fondazione Museo Miniscalchi-Erizzo, Verona
Faces Then Faces Now, European Portrait Photography since 1990, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography; Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Holland; BOZAR, Centre For Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium Naturzeichenzeichnen, Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation, Berlin
Land in Sight. 400 Years of Landscapes, Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen
Beastly/Tierisch, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
Queensize - Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection, me Collectors Room, Berlin

Orte, Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt; Fotohof Salzburg, Salzburg
Structures and Surfaces, Galerie Kicken, Berlin

Language Games, Centro de Artes Visuales Fundacion Helga de Alvear,
No place like home, Kunsthalle HGN Dudenstadt, Dudenstadt
Artists for Tichy – Tichy for Artists, Collection Foundation Tichy Ocean,
GASK Kutna Hora

Der Mensch und seine Objekte , Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen
Best of Ruhrgebiet - Top 20, Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie. GmbH, Essen
Heimat – Fotografieren aus der DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Kunstverein
Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen
Bertien van Manen, Jitka Hanzlova, Yancey Richardson Gallery , New York,
Landschaft als Weltsicht, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz
Für Hund und Katz ist auch noch Platz , Fotografien aus der DZ BANK
Kunstsammlung, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Be here now, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, The Cube, Eschborn

Photography calling! Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Urban Photography in Europe from 1970 ́s, Pavillon Populaire, Montpellier
Aspects of a color. A History of Color in Photography from Pictorialism to Contemporary, Kicken Berlin, Berlin
Beautiful Vagabonds: Birds in Contemporary Photography, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

Landschaft ohne Horizont, Museum Schloss Moyland
Ruhrblicke, SANAA, Zeche Zollverein, Essen

Czech Photography of the 20th Century / Tschechische Fotografie des 20. Jahrhunderts Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik
Wildnis wird Garten wird Wildnis, Sonderschau der ART COLOGNE Köln 2009,SK Stiftung Cologne
Das Porträt. Fotografie als Bühne, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna LIFE IS STRANGER THAN FICTION, FO.KU.S, Innsbruck PastPresentFuture, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna WELT - BILDER 3, Helmhaus Zürich, Zurich
Storia Memoria Identità: fotografia contemporanea dallʼEst Europa, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena

Stille Landschaften, Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid, Lüdenscheid Degrees of Stillness - Kicken Berlin, Berlin

Fotografie im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert, Kunstmuseum Celle
In the Face of History, European Photographers in the 20th century, Barbican Art Gallery, London
Der Kontrakt des Fotografen, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Der Kontrakt des Fotografen, KunstMuseum Morsbroich in Leverkusen
Storie Immaginate in Luoghi Reali, Museo Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo, MI
Die Liebe zum Licht - Internationale zeitgenössische Fotografie, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Delmenhorst
Accrochage 2007, Galerie Jirí Svestka, Prague
Blicke, Passanten - 1930 bis heute. Aus der Fotosammlung der Albertina, Vienna What does the jellyfish want?, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Die Liebe zum Licht. Fotografie des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts, Kunstmuseum, Bochum, Bochum
The World as One. Photography from Germany after 1989-Galeria Miejska Arsenal, Poznan

Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, collection Olbricht, Museum Morsbroich
European Eyes on Japan, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, JapanHida Museum, T akayama
The boundary, the limit, a look at the city, Settimana della Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia
The Photogeny of Identity 2006, Prague House of Photography, Prague
ART FAB, Women of Europe in Saint-Tropez, 2006, Saint-Tropez
Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia di Brescia 2006, Brescia
Portrait – 1960 bis heute, Portrait und Menschenbild, Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln, Sonderschau/art, Cologne

BEYOND compare, touring exhibition 2004 – 2006 (Canada, France, Germany) Cromosoma X, Joyce & Co. Galleria Artistico Letteraria Genova, Genova

Czech Photography of the 20th Century, Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague Femme, Musée Carouge, Geneve
Der Traum vom Ich, der Traum von der Welt, Sammlung, Fotomuseum Winterthur Winterthur
Nach Rokytník, Sammlung der EVN, MUMOK, Vienna
Jitka Hanzlová, Juul Kraijer, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg
Japan Today, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery , Kanagawa Art Foundation
Donna Donne, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze
Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, collection Olbricht, Museum Morsbroich

Yet untitled, Sammlung Bernd Künne
Det Nationale Fotomuseum, Copenhagen
Die Welt als Ganzes, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City
Secrets of the `90s, Museum foor Moderne Kunst Arnheim, Arnheim Photobiennale Moscow 2004, The Moscow Museum of the Contemporary Art Moscow
Pingyao International Photography Show, Pingyao Photography Festival, Pingyao

Citibank Photography Prize 2003, The Photographer`s Gallery, London Citibank Photography Prize 2003, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf
Citibank Photography Prize 2003, Fundación Carlos de Amberes, Madrid Afternoon Delight, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York
INNATURA, X Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia, Torino
Portrait Photography, Mai 36 Galerie Zürich
Menschen-Bilder, Galerie Monika Reitz, Frankfurt
Overnight to many cities, The Photographer•s Gallery, London
Fusion Cuisine, Deste Fondation, Athene
About Face, Gallery Yencey Richardson, New York
The Brixton Studio, The Photographer•s Gallery, London
Contemporary Art Project, Seatle Art Musem, Seattle

Instant city, Museo Pecci, Prato
About the Bayberry Bush, The Parrish Art Museum, South Hampton
I Love New York, Benefit Exhibition WTC, K. Gasssr, T. Grunert, Inc, New York
A Sense of Wellbeing Los, history and Desires, Carlsbad –Karlovy Vary, Repubblica Ceca

Das Versprechen der Fotografie, Aus Sammlung der DZ Bank Frankfurt Akademie der Künste, Berlin
The Citibank Privat Bank Photography Prize 2000
The Photographer`s Gallery, London
There is something you should know, Die EVN Sammlung
Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
Schnitt 2000, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf

Die Welt als Ganzes, SK Stiftung, Köln

Positionen der 90er Jahre aus der Sammlung Künne, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg Another Girl, Another Planet, Lawrence Rubin, Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, New York
Schön ist es auch anderswo, Rheinisches Industriemuseum Oberhausen
Near and elsEwhere, The Photographers Gallery, London
Stadtluft, Kuntsverein Hamburg, Hamburg
Women, Galerie Klemens Gasser und Tanja Grunert, Köln
Portrait, National Technical Museum, Prague

De jeunes, Galerie Poirel, Nancy Fotografie Forum, Frankfurt Fotografie-Festival, Arles Manifesta I, Rotterdam I.Europäische Bienale
Museum Chabot, Rotterdamm



Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
Münchener Stadtmuseum, München
EVN Sammlung, Maria Enzensdorf, Österreich
Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
Sammlung Gruber, Museum Ludwig, Köln,
Museum Folkwang, Fotografische Sammlung, Essen
Museum voor Fotografie Antwerpen, Belgien
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Holland
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Schweiz
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
REFCO Inc. Collection, Chicago, USA
KPN Collection, Amsterdam, Holland
West LB, Düsseldorf , London, UK
DZ BANK Sammlung, Frankfurt
UBS, Prag, CR
De Hallem Museum Haarlem, Holland
Ringier Collection, Zürich, CH
Citigroup Collection, London, UK
Olbricht Art Collection, Essen, Germany
Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Japan
Albertina, Wien, Austria
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Holland
LaSalle Bank Photography Collection, Chicago, USA
Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, Italy
Seattle Art Museum, USA
Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Eschborn/Frankfurt am Main, Germany
PIER24 Pilara Foundation, San Francisco, USA
National Galleries of Scottland, Edinburgh, UK
HERMES, Paris, France
Kunstmuseum, Krefeld, Germany