Lothar Wolleh was a German photographer.
Berlin, Germany 1930 - 1979 London, England.

Museum Prinsenhof Delft

Jan Schoonhoven - Lothar Wolleh: Friends for Arts

Jan Schoonhoven
  • Author Antoon Melissen
  • Date November 2022

In the summer of 2023, Museum Prinsenhof Delft will present an exhibition on the work of the Delft artist Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994) and the German photographer Lothar Wolleh (1930-1979). 

Jan Schoonhofen, 1968, Delft

With his pristine white reliefs of paper and cardboard, Schoonhoven gained world fame in the early 1960s, but he always remained faithful to his hometown Delft. The German photographer Lothar Wolleh, known for his artist portraits, was a regular guest at the Schoonhoven's. In Delft, Jan Schoonhoven showed the photographer what fascinated him about the city and how everyday shapes were 'translated' into reliefs and drawings.

Lothar Wolleh's photos show us Jan Schoonhoven as we have never seen him before: at home with artist-friends, at work and during turbulent openings of his exhibitions. The exhibition tells the story of two friends and their unconditional love for the arts. Part of the catalogue accompanying the exhibition is an artist's book that Schoonhoven and Wolleh compiled in 1970; a unique visual story that is published for the first time more than fifty years later.