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Günther Förg, Thomas Struth et al.

Shared Space: A New Era (group show)
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield
1 October 2017 - 22 April 2018

Günther Forg, Häuser und Fenster: Cité radieuse III, Marseille, 1987 Courtesy the Estate of Günther Förg and Bank of America Collection
Günther Forg, Häuser und Fenster: Cité radieuse III, Marseille, 1987 Courtesy the Estate of Günther Förg and Bank of America Collection

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present Shared Space: A New Era, an exhibition of photographs and video from 1987 through 2010 that considers the world’s social, economic, and political climate over the past thirty years and how the growing impact of technology during this time, with radically increased and diversified communication, has introduced a new phase of globalization. This exhibition has been curated by Lillian Lambrechts from the Bank of America Collection and is on loan from its Art in our Communities® program.

Shared Space features contemporary artists from twelve countries: the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. These artists capture myriad spaces for communication and interaction—urban and rural landscapes, homes and backyards, city streets and plazas, and ports and terminals. The exhibition’s point of departure is 1987, a seminal year that marks the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, and soon thereafter the fall of the Berlin Wall, events marking the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a new age of international exchange.

Sze Tsung Leong’s cityscapes illustrate the impact of a global economy. Thomas Ruff’s and Günther Förg’s photographs show the rapid transformation of the built environment through images of Modernist architecture constructed upon utopian ideals, now derelict and failing to realize its original intention. Photographs by Raghubir Singh, Thomas Struth, and Massimo Vitali depict masses of people gathering in public spaces from Los Angeles to Vietnam, and the Netherlands—expressing an unprecedented universality of access to information. Despite the interconnectivity of this time, a distancing and disconnect remains between individuals and groups, near and afar, as evidenced in Ben Gest’s Jessica & Samantha (2003), family members in close physical proximity who seem deeply psychologically distanced from one another. Shared Space reminds viewers of their place in the world and their role and impact on current global and interpersonal affairs while also provoking them to consider how they will contribute to “shared space” in the future.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield


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Thomas Struth

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (solo show)
19 January – 17 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


Günther Förg

Out of Place (group show)
The Third Mediterranean Biennale, Sakhnin Valley
30 June - 16 December 2017

The Third Mediterranean Biennale offers an alternative platform which emphasizes the local processes being created in the region and enhances their cultural impact by means of art directed toward the community, art that bridges cultures, emerges from the museum walls, integrates into the city and turns the city into a museum.

The Mediterranean Biennale will serve as a venue for raising issues such as: How to restore art to the public; what is the relevance of art in today's consumer society; and art as a bridge between cultures.

The Mediterranean Biennale aims to bring a new approach to the region by means of artistic activities in the hope of creating the basis for a dialogue between people and coexistence between communities living in conflict as well as promoting education for peace, tolerance and non-violence through cooperation based on equality and reciprocity. The Biennale aims to restore mutual trust, to bridge gaps in the perception of the other and encourage diversity and coexistence in order to create an environment where individuals and groups of diverse religion and ethnicity share common values and coexist peacefully.

This Mediterranean Biennale becomes a regional biennale held in the Sakhnin Valley, in Israel in the communities of Misgav, Sakhnin, Arraba and Deir Hanna, and creating a course of various places, people and congregations that are exposed to the general public by means of art while instigating a platform for dialogue. Widening the Biennale creates a channel for cooperation between communities living in the area under the concept of a face-to-face rather than a back-to-back situation.

The Mediterranean Biennale will take place under the title of: Out of Place. The exhibition Out of Place relates to issues of identity, place, time and individualty in an era of global culture while critically addressing the topics of place, local identity and culture in view of the changes occurring today. The exhibition Out of Place aims to establish a dialogue between people and create a place where everyone can have their say in a discussion where there are no winners or losers. The exhibition reminds us that we are not independent of the manner in which the present refugee crisis is developing: we are part of the crisis but we are also part of its possible solution. The nature of the exhibition Out of Place can be one that highlights disillusionment and hopelessness, or on the contrary one that opens up possibilities of acting against current incitement by means of solidarity, common ideals and sense of community.

The Mediterranean Biennale


Günther Förg

Light Sensitive 2: Photography from the Schaufler Collection (group show)
Schauwerk, Sindelfingen
15 April - 2 September 2018

The museum will link this show to the LICHTEMPFINDLICH exhibition of 2011, which had presented the large collection of this medium to the public for the first time in the impressive space of the former high rack warehouse in the SCHAUWERK. This lofty storage space inspires with its revolving ramp, which extends over 15 metres upward: an exhibition place par excellence for photography, with spectacular visual axes for viewing from near and afar.

Along with major works from the first exhibition, LICHTEMPFINDLICH 2 will also display photographs that previously haven’t been shown, so that a more comprehensive representation of the contemporary photography collection can occur. The main interest of the collectors Peter Schaufler and Christiane Schaufler-Münch is not directed toward the medium and its history per se, but leans more toward the fascination that arises from certain motifs, pictorial inventions, and their formal transformations.

The classic genres of photography—nude, portrait, landscape, architecture, or industry—are mirrored in the works, but are often citations or stages of conceptual processes. Most of the protagonists within the context of this collection have left behind the conventional framework of photography.

Schauwerk, Sindelfingen


Thomas Struth

Figure Ground (solo show)
Haus der Kunst, Munich
5 May 2017 - 7 January 2018

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