Thomas Struth, ‘Sao Francisco de Xavier, Brazil’, 2002, Serge Sorokko Gallery

Published by the Serge Sorokko Gallery in 2004

About Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth takes mesmerizing photographs that express his belief in photography as “a tool of scientific origin for psychological exploration.” He began taking pictures in 1976, influenced by his studies with three of the most important contemporary German artists of the time—painter and mixed media artist Gerhard Richter and photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. After his early black-and-white series of deadpan views of cityscapes eerily devoid of any signs of urban life, in 1989, Struth began work on his best-known cycle, the “Museum Photographs.” In these large-format, color-saturated photographs, Struth captures individuals and crowds looking at famous works of Western art in the world’s most popular museums. While looking at the “Museum Photographs,” viewers are confronted with the act of looking itself and the social complexities of seeing and being seen.

German, b. 1954, Geldern, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany

Group Shows

2016
Exhibition hall Arsenals, 
Riga, Latvia,
German Art Since The Late 1960s
2016
Latvian National Museum of Art, 
Riga, Latvia,
Wahlverwandtschaften, Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren
2014
Neumeister Bar-Am, 
Berlin, Germany,
Collecting Mode
2012
Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus, 
Cottbus, Germany,
Road Atlas - Straßenfotografie, DZ Bank Collection
2011
Opelvillen, 
Rüsselsheim, Germany,
Road Atlas - Straßenfotografie, DZ Bank Collection

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