Dr. h. c. Lutz Teutloff

Entrepreneur, Gallery Owner, Philanthropist

As an entrepreneur, gallery owner and organizer of exhibitions, Lutz Teutloff has spent many years assembling a collection that celebrates the myriad aspects of THE CONTEMPORARY FAMILY OF MAN.

His preferred medium is contemporary photography which in its wider sense also encompasses photo- and video-installations.

Alongside topics of social and political relevance, works of art portraying the human body have become a source of ever-increasing fascination. One of his collection's aims - is to make a thematic exploration of all facets of the “Human Body” from inception to its death, in every kind and variety of human existence. Of paramount  interest here is the multifaceted role of the human body in contemporary society as a mirror of beauty, ephemerality, vulnerability, sexuality and the future.

FAMILY OF MAN 1968 to the present
a very private view

I having been by turns an entrepreneur, a gallery owner and an exhibition-maker, since 1990. I have devoted my energies to assembling a collection of works entitled THE CONTEMPORARY FAMILY OF MAN 1968 to the present. In building my collection I was motivated and inspired by the great historical “Family of Man” exhibition curated by Edward Steichen from 1950 – 1955 and which toured the world as an ambassador for visual understanding between peoples.
The present Collection was designed to illustrate the human body in all its varied aspects.

The whole of the human life-cycle from the act of conception ("Sperm" by Gary Schneider), childhood (Margi Gerlinks "Young Lady"), the beauty of the body and sexuality (works by Annie Leibovitz), trough decrepitude (Donnigan Cummings "Nettie-Portraits") and death (Andres Serrano, "The Morgue") and references to the future of the body (Aziz + Cucher, „Transmorphica“) is also covered in this unique Collection like the Video "Thrill Me" about Michael Jackson by Una Szeemann.

The special viewpoint of the collector Lutz Teutloff and his unmistakable interest in social and political concerns illuminates the selection of each individual work. The point is not so much to present views of the human body in and for itself but to show that representations of the body are always determined by the social and political context in which its viewed. In other words the human body cannot be seen in insolation from its social context (war, peace, sport, religion, ...).

If you want some more informations of this collection send an email to info@teutloff.net.