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Thomas Struth

Photographs Become Pictures (group show)
Städel Museum, Frankfurt a.M.
27 April - 13 August 2017

Thomas Struth, Zhejiang Zhong Lu, Shanghai 1997. © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Zhejiang Zhong Lu, Shanghai 1997. © Thomas Struth

One of the most radical changes in art’s relation to its aesthetic, media, and economic contexts is closely associated with the names Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, Jörg Sasse, and Thomas Struth – but even more so with the names of their teachers, Bernd and Hilla Becher. This group of artists – to which names like Volker Döhne, Tata Ronkholz and Petra Wunderlich should be added – formed the first of a long line of ‘Becher Classes’ at the Düsseldorf Art Academy.

“Photographs Become Pictures. The Becher Class” brings together over 150 major works, some in large format, by these important artists, as well as a selection of their early works. This generation not only shaped the international photography scene of the 1990s, they went one further, and helped to transform the way artistic photography is perceived. Their visual creations make arguments in both formal and conceptual terms, interrogating human beings in their natural and cultural habitat, investigating their immediate surroundings and their private and global dimensions, examining their principles of social and aesthetic organisation. For all the heterogeneity of these artists’ work, their oeuvres are always characterised by an ambivalent relation to painting, shifting between appropriation and differentiation. Their works are an expression of a self-conscious emancipation of photography as an artistic medium, while also reflecting the (not merely digital) moment, when the boundaries between these two previously competing media dissolve.

Städel Museum, Frankfurt a.M.


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Thomas Struth

Lübeck Sammelt I (group show)
Kunsthalle St. Annen, Lübeck
5 February - 21 May 2017


Thomas Struth

The Garden - End of Times; Beginning of Times: #1 The Past (group show)
ARoS, Aarhus
8 April - 10 September 2017

Paradise 27, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru 2005. © Thomas Struth
Paradise 27, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru 2005. © Thomas Struth

In 2017, ARoS presents the first triennial entitled THE GARDEN – End of Times; Beginning of Times. The exhibition will extend over two entire galleries at the museum as well as carefully selected locations in the urban landscape, and a coastal stretch along the bay bordered by woodland just south of the city. This will create an art zone spanning more than four kilometres.

The Past at ARoS examines the landscape and man’s relationship with nature seen from an artistic and ideological perspective in a gigantic exhibition on 2 floors.

ARoS Aahrus


Thomas Struth

Nature & Politics (solo show),
Rice | Moody Center for the Arts, Houston
24 February 2017 – 29 May 2017

Thomas Struth, GREAT, Armstrong Hangar 703, Palmdale, 2014, © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, GREAT, Armstrong Hangar 703, Palmdale, 2014, © Thomas Struth

Nature & Politics is an exhibition of color photographs depicting scientific research and manufactured landscapes by the Berlin-based artist Thomas Struth (b. 1954). The images bear witness to specialized imaginations. Whether it is the technological developments that make space travel possible or experiments in plasma physics, all owe their existence to the ideas and designs of experts and raise questions about the ramifications of scientific progress.

The artist will be present for a panel discussion during the opening weekend, when the Moody will inaugurate interdisciplinary conversations about technology and research —important and timely topics of global significance — and how our experience of them shapes our perceptions of the world.

Rice | Moody Center for the Arts, Houston



Thomas Struth

Figure Ground (solo show)
Haus der Kunst, Munich
5 May - 17 September 2017

Thomas Struth, Audience 11, Florenz 2004. © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Audience 11, Florenz 2004. © Thomas Struth

This exhibition of the renowned German photographer Thomas Struth (born in 1954), presents a comprehensive survey of his genre-defining oeuvre. Covering four decades of work and every phase of his career, the exhibition focuses on Struth's social interests, which represent the important forces of his influential artistic development. Comprised of more than 120 works, this exhibition is the largest survey of his artistic career to date. It brings together never-before-shown early works and collected research material drawn from his archive; these, elucidate the far-reaching and longstanding ideas behind the works and demonstrate the process of his artistic translation up to the perfection of the image.

The survey links these early ideas to well-known work groups such as "Straßen" (Streets), "Unbewusste Orte" (Unconscious Places), "Portraits", "Museumsbilder" (Museum Pictures), "Paradise", and "Audiences". These are placed in dialogue with the slide projection "Nachtprojekt" produced for Skulptur Projekte Münster in 1987, as well as video portraits and other video projections, the recent photographic series from "Nature & Politics", and site-specific works such as "Löwenzahnzimmer" (Dandelion Room), the landscape and flower photographs created for hospital rooms in Winterthur, Switzerland. This interplay highlights the artist’s ability to combine analysis and pictorial invention in multifaceted works and techniques that result in overarching and powerful photographic images.

The exhibition is curated by Thomas Weski and organized by Haus der Kunst.

Haus der Kunst, Munich