RINEKE DIJKSTRA, THOMAS STRUTH et al.

Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection (group show)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
18 May 2024 – 5 January 2025

Installation view: Fragile Beauty, V&A South Kensington © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Installation view: Fragile Beauty, V&A South Kensington © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photographs by Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth are included in Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection. Showcasing over 300 rare prints from 140 photographers, Fragile Beauty is a major presentation of 20th- and 21st-century photography on loan from the private collection of Sir Elton John and David Furnish. The photographs – many of which are on public display for the first time – are era-defining images which explore the connection between strength and vulnerability inherent in the human condition.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Installation view: Fragile Beauty, V&A South Kensington © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Installation view: Fragile Beauty, V&A South Kensington © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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THOMAS STRUTH

Survival in the 21st Century (group show)
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
18 May – 5 November 2024

Thomas Struth, Decay Station, ISOLDE, CERN, Meyrin, 2019, 2019 © Thomas Struth, courtesy the artist, photo: def image
Thomas Struth, Decay Station, ISOLDE, CERN, Meyrin, 2019, 2019 © Thomas Struth, courtesy the artist, photo: def image

Work by Thomas Struth is included in Survival in the 21st Century at Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Presenting works by around 40 international artists, the exhibition focuses on fundamental questions of human existence and reflects the radical upheavals we are confronted with in contemporary society: climate change, the digital revolution, growing injustice on a national and global scale, the crisis of democracy and the question of community.

Deichtorhallen

Thomas Struth, Decay Station, ISOLDE, CERN, Meyrin, 2019, 2019 © Thomas Struth, courtesy the artist, photo: def image
Thomas Struth, Decay Station, ISOLDE, CERN, Meyrin, 2019, 2019 © Thomas Struth, courtesy the artist, photo: def image

RINEKE DIJKSTRA

The Krazy House (video installation)
Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich
3 May – 14 September 2024

Installation view: The Krazy House, Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich, 2024, © Rineke Dijkstra, courtesy of the artist, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, co-owned with Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013, photo: © Timo Ohler / Louis Vuitton
Installation view: The Krazy House, Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich, 2024, © Rineke Dijkstra, courtesy of the artist, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, co-owned with Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013, photo: © Timo Ohler / Louis Vuitton

For its 15th exhibition within the framework of the Hors-les-murs programme of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Espace Louis Vuitton München presents The Krazy House by Rineke Dijkstra. Created in 2009, Dijkstra’s video installation continues her visual explorations into adolescence. For this piece, the artist asked five young people to dance to their favourite music in a special studio set up on the floor of a Liverpool nightclub. Engulfed in the dim, hushed, blueish environment, the dancers move before a plain white background, each lost in their own image. The artist has reimagined the display of the installation specifically for Espace Louis Vuitton München, shedding new light on this seminal artwork.

Espace Louis Vuitton

Installation view: The Krazy House, Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich, 2024, © Rineke Dijkstra, courtesy of the artist, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, co-owned with Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013, photo: © Timo Ohler / Louis Vuitton
Installation view: The Krazy House, Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich, 2024, © Rineke Dijkstra, courtesy of the artist, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, co-owned with Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013, photo: © Timo Ohler / Louis Vuitton

THOMAS STRUTH et al.

In Abwesenheit (group show)
Philara Collection, Düsseldorf
3 March – 8 September 2024

Installation view: Philara Collection, Düsseldorf © the artist and Philara Collection, Düsseldorf, photo: Kai Werner Schmidt
Installation view: Philara Collection, Düsseldorf © the artist and Philara Collection, Düsseldorf, photo: Kai Werner Schmidt

Works by Thomas Struth are on view in the group exhibition In Abwesenheit at Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf. Spanning a period of almost a century, In Abwesenheit starts from the beginnings of surrealist photography in the 1920s and moves forward by way of the black and white photographs of the 1960s and 1970s through to contemporary photography. The presented works are united in their engagement with questions of absence and void. They pose a wide range of questions, interrogating the physical qualities of photography and its technical requirements, as well as broader aspects such as speculative fiction, belonging, nostalgia and ambiguity.

Sammlung Philara

Installation view: Philara Collection, Düsseldorf © the artist and Philara Collection, Düsseldorf, photo: Kai Werner Schmidt
Installation view: Philara Collection, Düsseldorf © the artist and Philara Collection, Düsseldorf, photo: Kai Werner Schmidt

THOMAS STRUTH et al.

Inspiring People (group show)
National Portrait Gallery, London
From 22 June 2023

Thomas Struth, Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, Windsor Castle 2011, 2011, © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, Windsor Castle 2011, 2011, © Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth’s photograph Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, Windsor Castle 2011, 2011, will be on view as part of the exhibition Inspiring People. Transforming the National Portrait Gallery, the Inspiring People project comprises a complete re-presentation of the Collection, combined with a significant refurbishment of the building, the creation of public spaces, a more welcoming visitor entrance and public forecourt, and a new Learning centre. The Gallery reopens to the public on 22 June 2023.

National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Struth, Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, Windsor Castle 2011, 2011, © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, Windsor Castle 2011, 2011, © Thomas Struth

THOMAS STRUTH et al.

The Lives of Documents, Photography as Project (group show)
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal
2 May 2023 – 3 March 2024

Photo: © Thomas Struth
Photo: © Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth’s early album of photographs of New York will be included in an exhibition at the CCA, Montreal. As part of a series of exhibitions investigating photography as an artistic and documentative medium, The Lives of Documents will invite visitors to consider photography’s relationship to architecture.

Canadian Centre for Architecture

Photo: © Thomas Struth
Photo: © Thomas Struth

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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Photo: Kris Graves
Photo: Kris Graves