Thomas Struth: Museum Photographs
Courtesy of Christie’s and Thomas Struth
Please note this work is sold framed.
Framed dimensions: 108 ⅝ x 88 ⅝ in. (275.8 x 225 cm.)
Please note: this work will be part of the Live Auction at the The Art of Wishes Gala Dinner on October 2nd, 2017, and auctioned by Henry Wyndham. All online bids will be transferred and executed at the event later that night. Please contact Artsy Specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Image rights: © Thomas Struth, courtesy of Christie’s
Berlin, Galerie Max Hetzler, Thomas Struth, 2010 (another from the edition exhibited).
Düsseldorf, Kunstsammlung NRW, Fotografien 1978-2010, 2011-2012 (another from the edition exhibited). This exhibition later travelled to Porto, Museu Serralves.
Graz, Kunsthaus Graz - Universalmuseum Joanneum, Vermessung der Welt, Heterotopien und Wissensräume in der Kunst, 2011 (another from the edition exhibited).
Paris, Marian Goodman Gallery, Lens Drawings, 2013 (another from the edition exhibited).
Berlin, Gerhardsen Gerner, Fading Nights, 2013-2014 (another from the edition exhibited).
New York, Marian Goodman Gallery, Photographs, 2014 (another from the edition exhibited).
Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics, exh. cat., Essen, Museum Folkwang, 2016 (illustrated).
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