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Günther Förg, Thomas Struth et al.

German Encounters - Contemporary Masterworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection (group show)
Garage Gallery, Doha Fire Station, Qatar Museums, Doha
3 October 2017 - 20 January 2018

A Major highlight of the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture is a selection of artworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection – one of the world's most important corporate collections of contemporary art – on show at the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station.

More than 100 exemplary works on paper including photographs, and paintings by 27 artists provide an informative overview of the development of German art – and thus also of the history of the country – from the 1960s up to the present day.

Qatar Museums


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Thomas Struth

Ways of Seeing (group show)
NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
3 September - 17 November 2018

Ways of Seeing brings together 26 internationally-acclaimed artists and art collectives from the region and the world, working in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, sound, film, and installation. This exhibition is curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, founders of the multi-disciplinary curatorial platform Art Reoriented, and co-chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation.

The exhibition is based on John Berger’s seminal 1972 text on visual culture, Ways of Seeing, in which he shifted the emphasis of art criticism away from the professional art-expert and relocated it within the grasp of the layperson. In taking its cue from Berger’s groundbreaking argument, this exhibition invites the viewer to actively engage with the artwork, and to explore the ways by which artists assign forms and concepts that seem familiar with renewed appearances and meanings.

NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi


Günther Förg

With works by Günther Förg from the Friedrichs Collection (solo show)
Bibliothek Günther Förg, Weidingen
28 July - 26 August 2018

Günther Förg, installation view, Bibliothek Günther Förg, Weidingen, 2018
Günther Förg, installation view, Bibliothek Günther Förg, Weidingen, 2018

This year, Bibliothek Günther Förg will present three works by Günther Förg from the private collection of Brunhilde and Günther Friedrichs. Throughout his life, Günther Förg has built several, practically identical libraries in his studios and apartments in Switzerland and Germany. The Stiftung zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst in Weidingen acquired one of these libraries with approximately 3,000 books. The newly constructed building is situated in the old inner part of Weidingen and provides space for exhibitions, reading and the library itself.
Alongside two of Förg's architecture photographs, depicting Mies van der Rohe's renowned Barcelona Pavilion, a large painting will be on view that is considered part of his so called grid paintings. An icon of Modernist abstraction, the grid – in some cases tight, in others airy – appears freed from artistic dogmas in Förg’s practice, often conjuring a window, and marks the artist's ongoing engagement with the physicality of an artwork as well as architectural structures.

Kunst in Weidingen


Thomas Struth

Nature Unleashed: The Image of Catastrophe since 1600 (group show)
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
29 June - 14 October 2018

Thomas Struth, Louvre 4, Paris 1989, 1989 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Louvre 4, Paris 1989, 1989 © Thomas Struth

In a large-scale exhibition spanning several epochs, the Hamburger Kunsthalle traces based on important works how artists working in different media picture natural catastrophes while also shedding light on humanity’s failure to come to terms with nature due, among other things, of our faith in technology. Nature Unleashed: The Image of Catastrophe since 1600 features approximately 120 exhibits, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, films and videos. As viewers make their way past blazing fires, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions and sinking ships, they will take note of pictorial constants in the expression of such disasters but will also become aware of the differences in depiction from one era to the next. The show’s special appeal lies in the close juxtaposition of artworks created centuries apart. The trajectory of exhibited works spans an arc from the years around 1600 to the present day. Contemporary works serve to anchor the theme in the here and now and underline its topicality.

Catastrophes are omnipresent. The media constantly reports on natural disasters, acts of war, political upheavals and other crisis scenarios, characterising them all with the common term “catastrophe”. Catastrophes don’t just happen, they are made. It is only in our perception, in our active engagement with such drastic events that they take on distinctive contours and reveal their typical face. Every age makes its own catastrophes and redefines the criteria by which certain events are labelled as such. These fundamental observations form the basis for the exhibition project.

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg


Günther Förg

Günther Förg - A Fragile Beauty (solo show)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
26 May - 14 October 2018

Günther Förg, Farbfeld, 1989
Günther Förg, Farbfeld, 1989

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents a major survey of the work of German artist Günther Förg (1952–2013). A Fragile Beauty explores the work of a rebellious artist whose oeuvre embodies a critical, witty, yet rigorous and penetrating critique of the canon of modern art.

Förg was driven by a boundless urge for freedom, and a predilection for experiment, drawing inspiration from great artists of the past, as well as his contemporaries. Merging disciplines and boundaries, he worked in a variety of materials, ranging from bronze and lead, to plaster and reflective glass. In exhibiting his work, Förg assimilated the architecture of the gallery space – even doors and windows – into the work itself.

A Fragile Beauty includes work from Förg’s entire oeuvre and illuminates the evolution of his experimental and radical approach. Taking its cue from the artist, for whom the space was integral to the work, each room is individual in nature. Among the works on display are Förg’s early monochrome paintings, together with his color studies, (architectural) photographs, sculptures, and late spot paintings.

Förg’s work was continually reinterpreted: initially considered a postmodernist, he was later seen as engaging with the legacy of expressionism. Förg was, without doubt, an artist who challenged the parameters of disciplines. A Fragile Beauty transcends convenient categorization and shows the full scope and complexity of the oeuvre of an idiosyncratic and unique artist.

The Stedelijk is developing the exhibition Günther Förg – A Fragile Beauty in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art.

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


Günther Förg

[Untitled] 1976 - 2008
Paintings, Material Images and Works on Paper from the Friedrichs Collection (solo show)
Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen
10 June - 26 August 2018

Image: Wilhelm Schürmann, Günther Förg, Galerie Hetzler, Köln, 1983 © Wilhelm Schürmann
Image: Wilhelm Schürmann, Günther Förg, Galerie Hetzler, Köln, 1983 © Wilhelm Schürmann

Günther Förg (1952—2013) is a great renewer of painting amidst modernism and the present, amidst Europe and America, amidst abstract-laconic minimalism and delicately gestural expressiveness.
In collaboration with the Estate Günther Förg the Kunstverein presents a retrospective selection of his painterly œuvre from 1976 until 2008: for the first time, 100 paintings, material images as well as works on paper from the collection of Brunhilde and Günther Friedrichs will be introduced to the public allowing for an impressively coherent survey of the both hazardous and sensuous ventures of Günther Förg’s painting.
Just as the mutual exhibition of Georg Baselitz and Albert Oehlen in the autumn of 2016, Günther Förg [Untitled] 1976 - 2008 will be a ›historic‹ peak among the Kunstverein’s young contemporary programme.

Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen


Thomas Struth

Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture (group show)
Frist Art Museum, Nashville
20 July - 28 October 2018

Thomas Struth, Pergamon Museum I, Berlin, 2001 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Pergamon Museum I, Berlin, 2001 © Thomas Struth

Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture explores the changing relationship between viewer, photographer, and architect, from the 1930s to the present. Demonstrating how photographers connect a building’s identity with the people who reside in, work in, visit, or simply look at it, the exhibition also reveals how this understanding may be layered, reinforced, or in some instances radically reinterpreted.

Buildings and the way they are photographed are visible symbols of a society’s desires and the social, economic, and aesthetic concerns of an era. Photographers choose between black-and-white and color, sharp contrast and soft focus, and straightforward and dramatic framing to record their subjects. Contemporary photographers add the use of new digital technologies, allowing for an even greater manipulation of an image. Whatever the medium, the intent is to involve the viewer in understanding the symbolism of architecture and public spaces. By combining different contexts and frames of meaning, Image Building invites viewers to actively experience structures and spaces in novel and expanded ways.

Many architects hope that their conceptual intentions will last as long as the actual structures. Creating a perception—a mental or actual image of a structure—has become a vital element to architectural practice, shaping architects’ ideas about how buildings will look in addition to how they are experienced. But the messages contained in architecture are filtered and even altered by the lenses of a changing society. This exhibition presents fascinating photographic conversations between architect and artist, past and present, and facts, dreams, and illusions.

Frist Art Museum, Nashville