Günther Förg, Thomas Struth et al.

Light Sensitive 2: Photography from the Schaufler Collection (group show)
SCHAUWERK, Sindelfingen
15 April 2018 - 6 January 2020

Thomas Struth, Grosse Tannen Am Eschberg - N°13, Winterthur 1992, 1992 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Grosse Tannen Am Eschberg - N°13, Winterthur 1992, 1992 © Thomas Struth

Contemporary photography from the Schaufler Collection will be on display from September 2017 at the SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen. 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

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (solo show)
2 October 2019 – 19 January 2020

Installation view: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 2019. © FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museo, photo by Erika Barahona Ede
Installation view: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 2019. © FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museo, photo by Erika Barahona Ede

A comprehensive journey through more than four decades of work by the acclaimed German photographer Thomas Struth (b. 1954), this exhibition will offer examples of the different stages of his work and the social concerns that have driven the evolution of his influential art. With more than 130 works, the exhibition, first seen at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, is the most extensive showing of his artistic career to date and contains early works that have never been exhibited before. Research materials from his archive will also help to present the ideas he has been working on for the past years.

This meticulously composed presentation connects Struth’s initial ideas to his well-defined groups of works, such as Unconscious Places, Portraits, Museum Photographs, New Pictures From Paradise and Places of Worship. Thus establishing a dialogue with other works such as Berlin-Project, a video work conceived in 1998 together with media artist Klaus vom Bruch, or with the most recent photo series Nature & Politics as well as with the landscape and flower photographs created for the wards of Winterthur Hospital, later compiled in the monograph Dandelion Room (Löwenzahnzimmer). These relations between works highlight Struth’s ability to combine analysis with photographic creation in the multiple subjects and techniques that he applies to produce astonishing and powerful photographic images.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Günther Förg et al.

La Pintura un Reto Permanente (group show)
CaixaForum Madrid
23 October 2019 – 1 March 2020

At the beginning of the twentieth century, painting abandoned its referential function, and if it was a window of the world, it was proposed as an idea, an intellectual representation that constituted an autonomous visual reality. In this process, the painting has triggered important debates, has been a source of inspiration and confrontation and has marked a starting point for numerous contemporary artistic trends.

This exhibition explores painting as a mental process, an abstract idea that from the canvas expands to other media such as photography, sculpture, engraving or installation. It is the idea of ​​the pictorial, which incorporates a changed understanding of the painting that is embodied between the intellectual concept and the sensuality of the subject. "Painting: a permanent challenge" brings together works by artists who renewed the painting in the sixties and seventies together with those of a younger generation that have extended the limits of this discipline, reinventing new production and presentation formulas.


Thomas Struth et al.

Icons. Worship and Adoration. (group show)
Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen
19 October 2019 – 1 March 2020

With this spectacular exhibition the Kunsthalle Bremen is celebrating a premiere: For the first time, an exhibition will take place in the entire museum and all the galleries. The show will examine how the concept of the icon unites aspects of the sacred, worship and the idea of transcendence. The qualities of traditional icons continue to live on in the spiritual presence and auratic power of many modern and contemporary works of art.

Focussing on a single work of art, the presentation examines various aspects of spirituality, devotion and adoration. It invites visitors to experience iconic art works from ten centuries in a new and intense way. Works by Caspar David Friedrich, Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Mark Rothko, Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, Isa Genzken, Andreas Gursky and Kehinde Wiley will be complemented by everyday icons – from consumer brands to icons of popular culture such as Marilyn Monroe, Beyoncé and YouTube stars. An interpretation of the traditional notion of the icon in art will be juxtaposed with the proliferation of icons in everyday life.

Kunsthalle Bremen

Thomas Struth

This Place (group show)
Jewish Museum, Berlin
7 June 2019 - 5 January 2020

Installation view,
Installation view, "This Place" im Jüdisches Museum Berlin. Foto: Yves Sucksdorff

This exhibition explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank—their topography, inhabitants, and everyday life—from the perspective of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers.

Photographer and project initiator Frédéric Brenner says that his point of departure for the project was the desire to add new artistic visions to the images familiar from reporting on the region. He convinced renowned photographers to join him: Wendy Ewald, Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Fazal Sheikh, Stephen Shore, Rosalind Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, and Nick Waplington traveled to the region again and again over the course of several years.

Together, the more than 200 photographs create a complex visual portrait. Themes such as identity, family, the homeland, and landscape come into focus, while emphasis on the Middle East conflict varies. The widely differing works invite viewers to discuss the heterogeneousness of the region.

Jewish Museum, Berlin