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Rineke Dijkstra, Thomas Struth et al.

SNAP. Documentary and portrait photography from the collection (group show)
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo
17 February – 3 September 2017

Thomas Struth, Museo Del Prado 4, Madrid 2005, 2005 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Museo Del Prado 4, Madrid 2005, 2005 © Thomas Struth

Does documentary photography show a true picture of the world? Do portrait photographs capture a person’s identity? Today pictures are shared in vast numbers on social media. This exhibition explores how photography has pictured people from the 19th century to the present.

The exhibition sheds light on three key periods in the documentary genre: 1880s social documentary, 1960s street photography, and 1990s everyday documentary.

In the portrait genre, “Snap” shows contemporary photography from the 1990s through to 2016. The exhibition explores how identity and political standpoints are conveyed and how portrait and documentary photography interweave to create new narratives about the times in which we live.

“Snap” presents more than 100 photographs – both from the collection and loaned in for the occasion – by thirty acclaimed Norwegian and international photographers.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo


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Rineke Dijkstra

"I am a native foreigner" (group show)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
22 September 2017 - 2 June 2018

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is mounting a series of exhibitions in 2017 and 2018 that explore different aspects of the theme migration. “I Am a Native Foreigner” examines migration by focusing on the museum’s collection: what are artists' views on migration, and how do they visualise it in their work? This collection presentation considers the effects of migration on artists both past and present, and reveals how they dealt with, and depicted, the impact of displacement. The title “I Am a Native Foreigner” is taken from a statement made by the Mexican artist Ulises Carrión (1941-1989), who settled in Amsterdam in the 1970s.

The work in “I Am a Native Foreigner” ranges from photographs of Dutch immigrants disembarking at New York’s Ellis Island around 1900, and Surinamese-born Dutch who made their home in the Bijlmer in Amsterdam southeast in the late ‘70s, to more recent images of refugees off the coast of southern Spain.

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


Thomas Struth

Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture (group show)
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill
18 March - 17 June 2018

Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture is a comprehensive survey that explores the dynamic relationship between architecture, photography, and the viewer. Seen through the lens of historical and architectural photographers from the 1930s to the present, Image Building offers a nuanced perspective on how photographs affect our understanding of the built environment and our social and personal identities. The exhibition features 57 images that explore the social, psychological, and conceptual implications of architecture through the subjective interpretation of those who captured it.

Organized by guest curator Therese Lichtenstein, Ph. D, Image Building brings together works by 19 renowned, under-recognized, and emerging artists ranging from early modern to contemporary architectural photographers. In addition to photographs, Image Building includes ephemera such as magazines and books that illustrate how the meaning of photography shifts when presented in the context of high art or mass culture. 

Organized thematically into Cityscapes, Domestic Spaces, and Public Places, the exhibition examines the relationship between contemporary and historical approaches to photographing buildings in urban, suburban, and rural environments, looking at influences, similarities and differences. By juxtaposing these photographs, Image Building creates a dialogue between the past and present, revealing the ways photography shapes and frames the perception of architecture, and how that perception is transformed over time.

Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill


Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth (solo show)
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
19 January – 10 June 2018

Thomas Struth, Front Yard, Tel Aviv 2014, 2014 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Front Yard, Tel Aviv 2014, 2014 © Thomas Struth

Acclaimed German artist Thomas Struth’s pivotal series on the Middle East is on view in Gallery 1 in its entirety for the first time. The series of eighteen monumental photographs of Israel and Palestine taken between 2009 and 2014 depicts places and people throughout the region, encompassing street views, sites of technological research, and family portraits. Photographing within the political climates of East Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Golan Heights, Ramallah, Al-Khalil/Hebron, Nazareth, and Negev, Struth conveys vivid and emotional narratives of place.

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen


Thomas Struth

Nature & Politics (solo show)
Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis
5 November 2017 - 21 January 2018

Thomas Struth, Tokamak Asdex Upgrade Interior 2, Max Planck IPP, Garching, 2009 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Tokamak Asdex Upgrade Interior 2, Max Planck IPP, Garching, 2009 © Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics is a photographic exploration of cutting-edge industrial and scientific research spaces. In over 35 works created within the past decade, the celebrated German artist Thomas Struth ambitiously takes technology and engineering as his overarching subject. With vivid color and monumental scale, he investigates the fascinating complexities of sites where knowledge, ambition, and imagination are advanced.

The featured works are drawn from the artist's visits to Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East. Struth takes viewers into spaces normally kept from public view, such as aeronautical centers, robotics laboratories, and nuclear fusion facilities, examining humanity's attempts to understand and harness forces of nature, often at great cost of resources.

Nature & Politics intersperses Struth's technological subjects with other recent work, including images of the fantasy environments of Disneyland and the war-torn landscapes of the West Bank. This poses intriguing questions about the relationship between nature and humanity in our increasingly fabricated world, as well as drawing attention to the financial and political ambition that underscores the massive technological endeavors of our present day.

Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis


Rineke Dijkstra

Figures in Motion: SPECTRUM International Prize for Photography 2018 (solo show)
Sprengel Museum, Hanover
27 January - 6 May 2018

Rineke Dijkstra, Amy, Liverpool, England, December 23, 2008, 2008 © Rineke Dijkstra
Rineke Dijkstra, Amy, Liverpool, England, December 23, 2008, 2008 © Rineke Dijkstra

With Rineke Dijkstra (born 1959 in Sittard, The Netherlands, lives in Amsterdam), the Foundation of Lower Saxony honours one of today’s outstanding photographers. In its compelling formal as well as contentual logic, in the profundity of the photographic occupation with the classic portrait, Dijkstra’s work assumes a solitary position in the recent history of photography. The artist received the prestigious Hasselblad Award in October 2017 and her œuvre is on view in conjunction with a retrospective organised by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk (DK). Dijkstra has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions, for example at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Tate Liverpool.

For her exhibition at the Sprengel Museum Hannover, the artist has developed a format based on a dialogue between a selection of her works with art from the museum’s own collection. The confrontation of photographs from the early 1990s (for example the ‘Beach Portraits’) and recent pieces with paintings by Max Beckmann and Alexej von Jawlensky in addition to a number of modern sculptures reveal an innovative view of the Dutch artist’s specific visual language. The portraits chosen by Dijkstra for her presentation at the Sprengel Museum Hannover clearly show the extent to which her sitters are conscious of the act of being photographed. It is the tension between the ideal of relaxed self-presentation and the tense pose in the photographs, the exhibitionism and the objectification of an attitude made conscious through the optics of the camera that becomes the complex image of an individual.

Rineke Dijkstra views photography as a possibility of dealing with fundamental questions of human existence. In the process, photography represents a means of observation and cognition. Her meticulous outlook with an interest in details that can be relived in her images created with large-format or video camera reveals the constant variability of human existence.

The awarding of the »SPECTRUM« International Prize for Photography of the Foundation of Lower Saxony pays tribute to the style-forming power of her oeuvre and the artistic consequence with which Rineke Dijkstra continues the occupation with the photographic portrait in her filmic works.

Sprengel Museum, Hanover


Rineke Dijkstra

Art Lesson (group show)
Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid
7 November 2017 - 18 February 2018

Rineke Dijkstra, Ruth Drawing Picasso, Tate Liverpool, UK, 2009, 2009. © Rineke Dijkstra
Rineke Dijkstra, Ruth Drawing Picasso, Tate Liverpool, UK, 2009, 2009. © Rineke Dijkstra

The museum will be completing the exhibition programme organised to mark its 25th Anniversary by inviting visitors to reflect on the educational role of museums in society today through an innovative project curated by the Education Department. Art Lesson will consist of various activities that will take place during the time the exhibition is open to the public and will occupy different spaces in the museum. The project has been conceived as an organic entity which will take shape over time and will make the museum particularly dynamic while it is taking place.

An exhibition featuring the work of contemporary artists such as Antoni Muntadas, Cinthia Marcelle, Dennis Adams, Eva Kot’átková, Dora Garcia, Pavel Kogan, Erwin Wurm, Rineke Djikstra and Pipilotti Rist will look at the issues of where knowledge lies and the museum as a personal experience, aiming to transform the spectator’s experience and place within the museum. For the first time, the museum will also become a space for creation through three artist’s residence grants that will allow the recipients to work alongside the Education Department team during both the preparatory stage and the exhibition itself. This initiative aims to establish links between cutting-edge artistic creation and the museum and between its works and the activities of its educators.

Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid


Rineke Dijkstra

Hasselblad Award 2017
Hasselblad Foundation Center, Gothenburg
11 October 2017 - 4 February 2018

Rineke Dijkstra, Marianna and Sasha, Kingisepp, Russia November 2, 2014, 2014 © Rineke Dijkstra
Rineke Dijkstra, Marianna and Sasha, Kingisepp, Russia November 2, 2014, 2014 © Rineke Dijkstra

A symposium will be held on October 10 in honor of Rineke Dijkstra, followed by the opening of an exhibition of her work at the Hasselblad Center, as well as the launch of the book Rineke Dijkstra – Hasselblad Award 2017.

The Foundation’s citation regarding the Hasselblad Award Winner 2017, Rineke Dijkstra:

»Rineke Dijkstra is one of the most significant contemporary artists working in photographic portraiture. Her large-scale photographs focus on the thema-tics of identity, typically capturing her subjects at moments of transition or vulnerability. Working in series, Rineke Dijkstra’s images recall the visual acuity of seventeenth-century Dutch portraiture, offering intimate portrayals of her sitters whilst also suggesting the situated aspects of their being. Rineke Dijkstra’s investigations in portraiture also include video. Her fixed-camera video studies yield images that appear to be moving photographs, revolutionizing our understanding of the fluid boundary between the still and moving image.«

Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg


Rineke Dijkstra

Collection Centre Pompidou (group show)
Centre Pompidou, Malaga, from 28 March 2015 - ongoing

Rineke Dijkstra, I See a Woman Crying ( Weeping Woman ), 2009
Rineke Dijkstra, I See a Woman Crying ( Weeping Woman ), 2009

The world famous gallery Centre Pompidou is coming to Malaga. Without doubt the Pompidou art center in Paris is one of the greatest homes of twentieth century art. In line with the arresting appearance of the Pompidou in Paris the Malaga collection will be housed in the large glass cube, built with a cultural purpose in mind and which is situated at the corner which joins Muelle Uno and Muelle Dos of Malaga’s newly renovated port. The new Malaga Pop-Up museum will house a fine selection of its French mother. The museum that is at time of writing under full construction is expected to open on March 28th, just before the touristic season takes off.


Centre Pompidou, Malaga