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To mark the 100th anniversary of Franz Kafka's death, the Stabi Kulturwerk is showing an extensive exhibition of around 130 original photographs of Kafka's family. Many of the photographs were previously unpublished and can be seen for the first time in this compilation.


The photographs bear witness to the cohesion and solidarity of the family surrounding Franz Kafka. The bond was closer than individual statements by the author would suggest.

The exhibition, curated by Kafka expert Hans-Gerd Koch, juxtaposes Kafka's texts with the photographs of his family. They show a writer of world literature surrounded by his relatives.

The photographs also tell of the Kafkas' social rise.
At the end of the 19th century, they show the clear unease with which the grandparents Kafka and Löwy faced the camera in a photo studio, as well as the no less stiff portraits of the young parents.

They are juxtaposed with shots from the new century: The parents appear increasingly nonchalant in private shots and look confidently into the camera in official photos. In photos from the 1920s, the families of the Kafka sisters pose as if for a society magazine.
They show a family that exemplifies Jewish emancipation from the Habsburg Monarchy to the first Czechoslovak Republic.

The exhibition presents a biographical panorama in nine chapters, starting with Franz Kafka's grandparents and parents. One chapter each is dedicated to the families of his three sisters; a separate chapter tells the story of the writer himself.

Franz Kafka did not like to be photographed. He only went to the photographer when he needed pictures for official documents or when his Berlin girlfriend Felice Bauer asked him for photos.
However, he could not avoid group photos when travelling together or during his stays in sanatoriums. Another part of the exhibition is dedicated to them.
The final chapter follows the biographies of Kafka's family after his death in June 1924.


Public guided tours in German

  • Thursdays at 6 pm: 4, 11 April / 2, 16 May 2024
  • Saturdays at 12 noon: 13 April, 4 May 2024
Participation free of charge. No registration required.
Meeting point: Entrance / Info Stabi Kulturwerk.

On 2 June 2024, the German premiere of the film "Kafka's Last Journey", produced by Hanns Zischler and Hans-Gerd Koch, will take place as part of the exhibition.


Additional information
Opening hours
  • Tue - Sun 10 am - 6 pm
  • Thu 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Mon closed

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