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Albert Oehlen, Thomas Struth et al.

Oracle (group show)
The Broad, Los Angeles
29 April 2017 - 3 September 2017

Albert Oehlen, FN23, 1990 © Albert Oehlen. Courtesy of The Broad
Albert Oehlen, FN23, 1990 © Albert Oehlen. Courtesy of The Broad

In an increasingly small world that spans politics, culture and commerce, The Broad will present an interpretation of the elusive globalizing forces at work in contemporary society in Oracle, a free collection installation this spring that will fill the museum’s first-floor galleries with more than 30 works from the Broad collection. Opening April 29, 2017, the four-month installation will feature works by over 20 artists including El Anatsui, Mark Bradford, Peter Halley, William Kentridge, Julie Mehretu, Shirin Neshat, Albert Oehlen, Jeff Wall and Terry Winters, plus recent acquisitions by Ericka Beckman, Sterling Ruby, Oscar Murillo, Tauba Auerbach and Andreas Gursky. Four artworks in the installation will make their debut in Los Angeles, including one work completed by the artist this year.

From everyday experiences to protest movements as monumental as the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East, to themes that probe systems of social control or examine global commerce, artworks in Oracle tackle the effects of organizational frameworks on global events and private individuals. Some works in the installation symbolize marketplace machinations, both official and unofficial, while others are meditations on games, surveillance, vast data sets, mathematical and biological patterns, and even the logic of art itself. Just under the surface of the works in Oracle is an air of anxiety, as if individuals’ freedoms within these manmade phenomena are illusory or beyond reach.

 “‘Globalization’ is a term now in the forefront in politics and the media, but for decades, contemporary artists have represented it in their work, responding to and decoding its many forms. Oracle looks at how artists have anticipated the forces that have real consequences in our daily lives yet can be obscured from direct view.” - Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad

The Broad, Los Angeles


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Thomas Struth

The Power of Images (group show)
MAST Foundation, Bologna
3 May - 24 September 2017

Thomas Struth, Hot Rolling Mill, ThyssenKrupp Steel, Duisburg 2010, 2010 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Hot Rolling Mill, ThyssenKrupp Steel, Duisburg 2010, 2010 © Thomas Struth

The MAST Foundation presents an exhibition of images from its collection of industrial photography. Sixty-seven authors from the 1920s up to the present time show, with more than one hundred works – some of which made up of dozens of snapshots – the disruptive power of the photographic language in its many meanings.

The exhibition is a celebration of images, a pictorial epic, a dance of visions from the world of industry which parade before our eyes, a visual abundance of insights into heavy manufacturing, machine industry, digitalisation, and throw-away society. The perspectives of sixty-seven photographers guide us through the realm of production and consumption, showing us the extraordinarily rich visual world of labour, factories and society.

The exhibition traces central spaces in the industrial-technological system, it touches upon social and political questions, but rather than simply identifying hard facts the images attempt to depict more extensive, deeper connections, to present us with complex dimensions, also implying an emotional involvement.

MAST Foundation, Bologna


Albert Oehlen

Albert Oehlen: Ö (solo show)
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana
7 July - 10 September 2017

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2017. Courtesy the artist
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2017. Courtesy the artist

Thomas Struth

Artist Talk: Thomas Struth
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
30 July 2017, 6 pm.

Thomas Struth was born in Geldern, Germany, in 1954, and lives and works in Berlin and New York. He is noted for his innovations in large-scale color photography that explore cityscapes, architecture, landscapes, and other environments. Solo presentations of his work have been hosted at the High Museum, Atlanta, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museu Serralves, Porto, Kunsthaus Zürich, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen


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.


Thomas Struth

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

Thomas Struth, Schaltwerk 1, Berlin 2016 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Schaltwerk 1, Berlin 2016 © 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