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Thomas Struth

Among the Trees (group show)
Hayward Gallery, London
Until 31 October 2020

Thomas Struth,
Thomas Struth, "Paradise 11, Xi Shuang Banna, Yunnan Province 1999", 1999. © Thomas Struth

Among the Trees celebrates key works of art that reimagine how we think about trees and forests. Spanning the past 50 years, the exhibition brings together major works by 38 leading international artists from five different continents. As well as illuminating the beauty and visually arresting character of trees, Among the Trees invites us to consider trees as both symbols and living organisms. Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the exhibition explores how trees have shaped human civilisation and how they continue to play an indispensable role in our lives and imaginations.

Among the Trees covers an expansive and adventurous artistic terrain with works ranging from immersive video installations to life-sized sculptures; from large-scale paintings and drawings to intimate black-and-white photographs. The works in the exhibition take us on a journey of ideas and simultaneously transport us across the globe: visitors will encounter images of Colombian rainforests, jungles in Japan, olive orchards in Israel, Scandinavian woods and an underground forest in South Africa. Incorporating distinctive and often surprising perspectives, the artists in the exhibition question our conventional representations of trees in order to forge new ways of understanding our crucial and multifaceted relationship with arboreal life.

Hayward Gallery


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Thomas Struth

Archive Matrix Assembly: The Photography of Thomas Struth 1978–2018 (publication)

Photo: Kris Graves
Photo: Kris Graves

Archive Matrix Assembly: The Photography of Thomas Struth 1978–2018 presents the first comprehensive, systematic theory of Thomas Struth’s main body of photographic work from its beginnings in the late 1970s until his most recent work in 2018. The book presents a unique, evolutionary understanding of the work, proposing that it has established three stages of production: archive, matrix, and assembly. Together the three stages form a developmental system that characterizes the individual photographs, their relation to their subject matter, and how they form larger, significant collections of images. The book project accomplishes three main goals: it develops a comprehensive critical reading of the work, it serves as a monograph of the artist, and it provides an extensive analysis of the photographs at all stages, including the less discussed, more recent photography, which is placed on par with the earlier work for which Struth first became internationally renowned.

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Navid Nuur, Thomas Struth et al.

Read/ing (group show)
Quetzal Art Center, Vidigueira
15 June 2020 – 31 May 2021

Installation view: Read/ing, Quetzal Art Center, Vidigueira, 2020, photo: Bruno Lopes
Installation view: Read/ing, Quetzal Art Center, Vidigueira, 2020, photo: Bruno Lopes

Read/ing is curated by Aveline de Bruin in conversation with Maxine Kopsa.

What happens when we read? We dissolve. When the book ‘works’, when the writing demands the reader’s courtesy, when the story is riveting (and most often for selfish reasons), we dissolve into the narrative. We see it and not the words on the page anymore. Like magic. We ingest it and then reflect on it, adding to it our own memories, other people’s stories, gossip, the news. We become what we read and in turn tell the story.

The exhibition Read/ing is a personal, intuitive, sometimes psychological, sometimes political exploration of what Reading can mean. It grew out of a conversation.

This exhibition is made with works from the Collection de Bruin-Heijn. Navid Nuur's ASS WWEE BBEECCOOMME OONNEE, 2008-2009 and Thomas Struth's The late Giles Robertson with book, 1987 are included.

Quetzal Art Center
Independent Collectors


Ai Weiwei, Jeff Elrod, Joan Mitchell, Thomas Struth et al.

Inaugural Installations: Kinder Building (group show)
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
21 November 2020 – 31 December 2021

Thomas Struth, Full-Scale Mock-up 3, JSC, Houston, 2017, printed 2018, inkjet print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund. © 2017 Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Full-Scale Mock-up 3, JSC, Houston, 2017, printed 2018, inkjet print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund. © 2017 Thomas Struth

The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building is dedicated to the Museum’s international collections of modern and contemporary art. The soaring spaces feature displays that span media encompassing painting and sculpture, craft and design, video, and immersive installations. It will open with the first comprehensive installation of these works, drawn from the collections of Latin American and Latino art; photography; prints and drawings; decorative arts, craft, and design; and modern and contemporary art.

These first installations in the Kinder Building are accompanied by eight major site-specific commissioned works that will be inaugurated at the time of the opening. Commissioned artists are El Anatsui, Byung Hoon Choi, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Ólafur Elíasson, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Cristina Iglesias, Jason Salavon, and Ai Weiwei.

Museum of Fine Arts




Vera Lutter, Thomas Struth et al.

Civilization: The Way We Live (group show)
Mucem, Marseille
24 February – 28 June 2021

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

Mucem