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Thomas Struth, Christopher Wool et al.

Breakthrough [Freischwimmer]: Photographs from the Viehof Collection and Museum Kurhaus Kleve (group show)
Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Cleves
2 October 2020 – 21 February 2021

Installation view: Museum Kurhaus Kleve, 2020. © Museum Kurhaus Kleve – Ewald Mataré-Sammlung, Kleve, Deutschland. Photo: Christian Wucherpfennig
Installation view: Museum Kurhaus Kleve, 2020. © Museum Kurhaus Kleve – Ewald Mataré-Sammlung, Kleve, Deutschland. Photo: Christian Wucherpfennig

The Museum Kurhaus Kleve and its Society of Friends possess impressive photographic inventories with iconic works by Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky and Jeff Wall, among others. These have only recently been complemented by imposing pieces, including by Wolfgang Tillmans, Candida Höfer and Matthias Hoch, from the Foundation of Art in Possession of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia.

In the Breakthrough exhibition that is to take place in Cleves from October 2020 to February 2021, the Museum Kurhaus Kleve wants to contrapose for the first time its photographic inventories with those in the Mönchengladbach Viehof Collection in order to draw parallels imbued with sensuous meaning and distil rich and striking contrasts.

The Viehof Collection, too, owns numerous artistic positions within photography that in the meantime are regarded as ‘classic’. These include those of Ruff, Struth and Wall which it has only recently been able to supplement with those of artists such as Josephine Meckseper and Cindy Sherman. The exhibition aims at providing comprehensive, interesting insight particularly into German photography of the late 20th and early 21st centuries which to the present day is regarded as trailblazing on the international art market.

The title Breakthrough (Freischwimmer), is taken from a series of works by Wolfgang Tillmans, whose works are included in the inventories of both collections, thus forming de facto an apposite common denominator. It is intended to indicate the urge to be noticed within the fine arts that for decades drove photography and which today finally seems to be adequately fulfilled in the public’s perception.

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