Günther Förg

Photographic Recall: Italian Rationalist Architecture in Contemporary German Art (group show)
Anderson Gallery, University at Buffalo, Buffalo
9 February - 12 May 2019

How do contemporary artists use photography to engage with Italian architecture of the fascist era? What lures them today into the remains of this “rationalist” style? Where is the tipping point between a self-proclaimed, critical observation and complicity with Mussolini’s propaganda project of the 1920s-40s?

These and other questions occupy the minds of the seven artists in “Photographic Recall.” The exhibition is the first to showcase these mostly German photographers, all independently drawn to Italian rationalist architecture and urban spaces. The work by Caterina Borelli, Johanna Diehl, Günther Förg, Eiko Grimberg, Thomas Ruff, Hans-Christian Schink and Heidi Specker represents themes that vary in style from street photography and lush interiors to synthetic architectural documentation and carefully pre-planned and measured urban scenes.

Their use of media ranges from analog to digital processes, black-and-white to color imagery, and a variety of works made in series. Each artist engages these built environments with his/her own visual language, demonstrating photography’s intense involvement with aesthetic and conceptual trends in contemporary art of the past three decades.

Anderson Gallery, University at Buffalo, Buffalo


Günther Förg, Christopher Wool et al.

A Collection in Progress. Nature is what we see (group show)
MASI Lugano, Lugano
29 March – 16 June 2019

In spring, the Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati will launch a new production of A Collection in Progress, with important new acquisitions including artworks by Harold Ancart, Roberto Cuoghi, Enrico David, Roni Horn, Jannis Kounellis, Ugo Rondinone. The exhibition demonstrates how every year these important collectors manage to promote and integrate their collection with new artworks of outstanding quality.

MASI Lugano

Günther Förg

Who's afraid of bauhaus? Kritische Reflexionen zum 100. (group show)
Museum Ratingen, Ratingen
15 February - 12 May 2019

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