Thomas Struth: Figure Ground

EXHIBITION 05.05 – 17.09.17

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 130 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.

"Thomas Struth: Figure Ground" is made possible with funding by the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Munich.

Thomas Struth, National Gallery 1, London 1989. © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, National Gallery 1, London 1989. © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Grazing Incidence Spectrometer, Max Planck IPP, Garching 2010. © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Grazing Incidence Spectrometer, Max Planck IPP, Garching 2010. © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, The Faez Family, Rehovot 2009. © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, The Faez Family, Rehovot 2009. © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Audience 11, Florenz 2004. © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Audience 11, Florenz 2004. © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, The Loop towards Dearborn Street, Chicago 1990. © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, The Loop towards Dearborn Street, Chicago 1990. © Thomas Struth

Stretch your view


Stretch your view


Ages 8 and up / German

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 27.05, 2 pm

We invent and craft our own characters and make them come alive. We tell a story. Those who like to cut and edit are in the right place here! MORE


Workshop 6 until 12 years

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 03.06, 11 am

Art Lab II – Family portraits: Thomas Struth has visited many different families around the world to photograph them. Where does your family come from, and who are its members? MORE


Ages 8 and up / German, Ages 8 and up / German

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 10.06, 2 pm

In the exhibition, the famous artist Thomas Struth presents his own individual views of people. In the studio, you create your own novel and individual portraits: professional photographers show you how to create impressive photographs that are "more than just snapshots". MORE


Workshop 6 until 12 years

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 17.06, 11 am

Art Lab III – Paradises: Inspired by the Thomas Struth exhibition, we create our own paradises, using materials we collect in the English Garden or find in our studio. MORE


Workshop 13-17 Jahre

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 24.06, 11 am

This workshop shows you how to take unusual photographs and discover new motifs. Discover artistic possibilities with the help of professional photographers at your side! MORE


Workshop 6 until 12 years

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 01.07, 11 am

Art Lab IV: Your city – your street. From Düsseldorf to New York – Thomas Struth leads us around the world with his road pictures. We gather ideas in the exhibition and then become architects and urban planners in the studio. MORE


Workshop 6 until 12 years

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 15.07, 11 am

Art Lab I – Future labs: Thomas Struth presents many unknown places in his photographs. In the studio, we create our own three-dimensional models of places: you decide what happens in them! MORE


Ages 8 and up / German

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 22.07, 2 pm

We invent and craft our own characters and make them come alive. We tell a story. Those who like to cut and edit are in the right place here! MORE


Workshop 6 until 12 years

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 29.07, 11 am

Art Lab III – Paradises: Inspired by the Thomas Struth exhibition, we create our own paradises, using materials we collect in the English Garden or find in our studio. MORE


Ages 8 and up / German, Ages 8 and up / German

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 02.09, 2 pm

In the exhibition, the famous artist Thomas Struth presents his own individual views of people. In the studio, you create your own novel and individual portraits: professional photographers show you how to create impressive photographs that are "more than just snapshots". MORE


Workshop 6 until 12 years

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 09.09, 11 am

Art Lab IV: Your city – your street. From Düsseldorf to New York – Thomas Struth leads us around the world with his road pictures. We gather ideas in the exhibition and then become architects and urban planners in the studio. MORE


Ages 8 and up / German

Thomas Struth

Saturday, 16.09, 2 pm

We invent and craft our own characters and make them come alive. We tell a story. Those who like to cut and edit are in the right place here! MORE


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Publication

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Artist Talk

Thomas Struth: Figure Ground

Friday, 16.06, 6 pm

On the occasion of the exhibition "Thomas Struth: Figure Ground," the artist Thomas Struth speaks with the literary theorist Andreas Huyssen. MORE


Workshop 6 until 12 years

Harun Farocki

Saturday, 27.05, 11 am

Tracking the Work Process. A workshop on film, photography and collage. MORE


Lecture

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Thursday, 01.06, 7 pm

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