Vera Lutter, Thomas Struth et al.

Civilization: The Way We Live Now (group show)
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne
13 September 2019 - 2 February 2020

Thomas Struth, Pergamon Museum 1, Berlin, 2001 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Pergamon Museum 1, Berlin, 2001 © Thomas Struth

Civilization: The Way We Live Now is an international photography exhibition of monumental scale, featuring the work of over 100 contemporary photographers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe with over 200 original photographs being exhibited.
In this increasingly globalised world, the exhibition explores photographers’ representations of life in cities as its key theme and presents a journey through the shared aspects of life in the urban environment. The selected works create a picture of collective life around the world and document patterns of mass behaviour. The exhibition looks at the phenomenal complexity of life in the twenty-first century and reflects on the ways in which photographers have documented, and held a mirror up, to the world around us.

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)


Vera Lutter

Museum in the Camera (solo show)
Resnick Pavilion, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
29 March – 19 July 2020

Vera Lutter, Rodin Garden, I: February 22, 2017, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, promised gift of Sharyn and Bruce Charnas © Vera Lutter
Vera Lutter, Rodin Garden, I: February 22, 2017, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, promised gift of Sharyn and Bruce Charnas © Vera Lutter

From February 2017 to January 2019, New York-based artist Vera Lutter was invited by LACMA to work in residence at the museum, creating a new body of work examining the campus architecture, galleries, and collection holdings. "Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera" features the compelling photographs made during her two-year residency. Lutter uses one of the oldest optical technologies still in use, that of the camera obscura. Before the invention of photography, it was known that if light traveled through a tiny hole into a darkened room, an image of the external world (off which the light rays had reflected) would re-form upside down on a wall opposite the tiny opening. By building room-sized cameras and placing unexposed photo paper across from a pinhole opening, Lutter has adopted the camera obscura as her singular working method, resulting in photographs with an ethereal, otherworldly beauty.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Thomas Struth

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

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

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