Traveling exhibitions

The Jazzinstitut has a large archive of visual materials about jazz, photos, posters, videos and much more. From this collection as well as in collaboration with international photographers and artists the Jazzinstitut organizes regular exhibitions in the gallery situated in the institute's site, the Kavaliershaus Bessungen.

We also offer traveling exhibitions which we put together to be shown in local jazz clubs, at festivals or other events. Our three traveling exhibitions focus on ...

  • einem Überblick über die wechselvolle Geschichte der Musik in elf großformatigen farbigen Schautafeln – “Jazz Changes” (ideal für Festivals, Schulen, Hochschulen und Jazzinitiativen). Diese Ausstellung befindet sich in der Überarbeitung.
  • “One Tension” about life, music and impact of trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff (conceived for the 11th Darmstadt Jazzforum “Spannung | Tension. Albert Mangelsdorff”, 2009);
  • as well as a history of German jazz from the beginnings until the 21st century, called “Deutscher Jazz / German Jazz” (conceived for a travel exhibition of Goethe-Institut).

At our gallery we regularly show photo and art exhibitions with connections to jazz.

Jazz Changes

Over 100 years of jazz: Hardly any other music has been so seamlessly documented from its origins to the present day. This is due in part to two inventions that were born at the same time as jazz: photography and the record. They document jazz as a diverse music: from its African-American roots in New Orleans around 1900 to hip-hop-influenced sounds of today - jazz has continually redefined itself as an art form, developing its own traditions in which the individual expression of individual musicians takes center stage.

The exhibition "Jazz Changes" documents the most important stages in the development of this music on 11 large-format panels, tells of styles such as Dixieland, swing, bebop, free jazz, but above all of strong personalities: Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson or John Coltrane were more than celebrated stars of their time: they shaped their own styles, were identification figures of social processes. Jazz is an Afro-American music - but in the meantime it is understood and practiced worldwide and has also formed its own national traditions elsewhere.
Here two sample panels:









The exhibition is printed on 11 colored hanging foils, each measuring 100cm x 140cm, framed with rails that can be attached to most hanging systems. It can be rented for a certain period of time for a fee. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us at:

One Tension

The exhibition “One Tension / Albert Mangelsdorff” was conceived as a cooperation between the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt and the Albert Mangelsdorff Archive of the Institute for Urban History in Frankfurt/Main. "One Tension" was the name of a long-playing record that the Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet recorded in 1963; "Tension" because of the musical tension; "One" because this was the first album that the American corporation CBS presented with contemporary German jazz.

The exhibition, which was conceived on the occasion of the 11th Darmstadt Jazzforum, accompanies the trombonist on 10 panels through his life and sheds light on the many encounters he had over the years with colleagues from Germany, Europe and the whole world.

The exhibition is printed on 10 colored hanging foils, each measuring 80cm x 160cm, framed with metal rails that can be attached to most hanging systems. It can be rented for a certain period of time for a fee. If you are interested in more details, please feel free to contact us at:

One Tension: sample panel 2












Deutscher Jazz / German Jazz

"Deutscher Jazz / German Jazz" traces the development and mood of the German jazz scene on a total of 30 large-format panels. The headings of the individual panels read: "Jazz conquers Germany", "Jazz under the swastika", "Jazz flourishes...", "Jazz unleashed", "GDR: free form or formed freedom", "Clubs and cellar life", "Festivals - open-air and indoor", "Learning jazz...", "Black and silver discs", "The pope of jazz", "Jazz on the radio", "Albert Mangelsdorff", "Jazz in the Capital city today", "Europe", "Jazz in the 21st century".

The exhibition thus refers both to the history of this music and to the current scene, tells of clubs and festivals, record labels and the role of radio, introduces individual personalities and stylistic trends. Short introductory texts and more detailed explanations of the individual topics in German and English are intended to arouse interest in jazz from Germany abroad. Photos from public and private archives complement the exhibition, which is thus aimed at the curious, the interested and the connoisseur alike.














"Deutscher Jazz / German Jazz" was curated by the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt for the Goethe-Institut and toured the world from 2006 to 2012. It has been bookable with us since 2013.  It can be rented for a certain period of time for a fee. If you are interested in more details, please feel free to contact us at:

Eric Borchard’s Jazzband
“Aggravatin’ Papa, Berlin, Oktober 1924