19 March 2021
Nicholas Nixon’s long-term project The Brown Sisters exhibited at the Pinakothek der Moderne

The Alexander Tutsek-Sitftung is pleased that, for the first time in a museum, all 46 portraits of Nicholas Nixon’s unique long-term project The Brown Sisters are on public display at the Pinakothek der Moderne. The acquisition of the complete series by the US-American photographer was made possible thanks to support from the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung. The most recent portrait is particularly striking: it was taken in 2020 – the year of social distancing.

Every year since 1975, Nicholas Nixon has taken a group portrait of his wife and her three sisters. The series allows viewers to trace evolving ties and undercurrents between the siblings, as well as the changing fashions and the ageing process. The identical positioning of Heather, Mimi, Bebe, and Laurie gives rise to a sensitive portrait of time itself, in which the present constantly morphs into the past, but always with one eye on the future.

Preview image: Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, Brookline, Massachusetts, 2020, © Nicholas Nixon, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco