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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

Ode aan een Amsterdammer (group show)
Het Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam
12 July - 27 August 2017


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


Rineke Dijkstra

The One And The Many (solo show)
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek
21 September - 30 December 2017

Rineke Dijkstra, Vondelpark, Amsterdam, June 19, 2005 © Rineke Dijkstra
Rineke Dijkstra, Vondelpark, Amsterdam, June 19, 2005 © Rineke Dijkstra

In her large photographs and films, Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra manages to capture people who have stopped somewhere – in a park, on a beach, at a party, in life – so that they are present to an astonishing degree, right there in that very moment.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek


Rineke Dijkstra

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

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


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


Rineke Dijkstra

Ruth Drawing Picasso, Tate Liverpool, UK, 2009 (solo show)
Museu Picasso, Barcelona
27 April - 24 September 2017

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

Rineke Dijkstra’s realisation of Ruth Drawing Picasso, Tate Liverpool, UK, 2009 brings us back to the surprising fact that Guernica (a kind of political manifesto) was exported to Britain by Roland Penrose and E.L.T. Mesens. That work provoked such an effect on a select British public that we can consider it the starting point of surrealism in the UK; it also deeply influenced important artists such as Henry Moore, Francis Bacon and even David Hockney.

The Museu Picasso presents the work of Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra in its new space dedicated to contemporary art. This emblematic videowork confronts the viewer with Ruth – a girl who, during her visit together with her schoolmates to Tate Liverpool, was confronted with Picasso’s painting Weeping Woman.

It’s a cool observation, subjective but sensitive at the same time, analysing the young girl’s reaction when viewing and copying this artwork. Picasso’s piece is directly related to one of the main figures of his masterpiece Guernica (1937).

Museu Picasso, Barcelona



Rineke Dijkstra

Rineke Dijkstra: An Ode (solo show)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
20 May - 6 August 2017

Amy, Liverpool, England, December 23, 2008, 2008, archival inkjet-print, 96,4 x 75 cm. © Rineke Dijkstra
Amy, Liverpool, England, December 23, 2008, 2008, archival inkjet-print, 96,4 x 75 cm. © Rineke Dijkstra

In honor of Dijkstra, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, who has followed her work since the 1990s and in 2005 mounted an international traveling survey, presents Rineke Dijkstra: An Ode, a snapshot of the artist’s photographic and video work ranging from 1994 to the present. The exhibition both includes iconic photographic works and highlights her early video work and her return to the medium in recent years. The exhibition also premieres three works that have never been displayed in the Netherlands.

Rineke Dijkstra: An Ode totals 21 photographs and four videos. The exhibition is primarily comprised of the Stedelijk Museum’s extensive holdings of Dijkstra’s work, supplemented with loans from the artist. Shown for the first time in the Netherlands are Marianna [The Fairy Doll], 2014; Marianna and Sasha, Kingisepp, Russia, November 2 2014, 2014; and Odessa, Ukraine, August 6 1993, 1993.

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


Rineke Dijkstra

Hasselblad Award 2017
Hasselblad Foundation Center, Gothenburg
11 October 2017 - January 2018

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


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


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