until 21.05. | #3351ARTatBerlin | Galerie Max Hetzler shows from 3rd March 2022 a solo exhibition with works by the artist Thomas Struth at Bleibtreustraße 45 and Bleibtreustraße 15/16.
Three central themes from Thomas Struth’s current oeuvre, which revolve around universal questions of our time with a focus on science, nature and portraiture, will be shown at the two gallery locations in Bleibtreustraße.
The rooms on the first floor of Bleibtreustraße 45 are dedicated to photographers taken at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. The world’s largest scientific facility near Geneva uses particle accelerators to research the origins of the universe. Struth’s interest in CERN is in the philosophical questions, the political dimensions and the pictorial possibilities inherent in cutting-edge technology.
Do these highly complex conglomerations of cables and valves carry hope for a better future? The CERN cluster shown here is part of Struth’s body of work Nature and Politics, in which he has been investigating since 2007 how ambitions and human imagination become sculptural, spatial realities.
Surrounded by the images of technology, the viewer encounters works that deal with nature. A central room is dedicated to a 220 x 450 cm winter landscape entitled Schlichter Weg, Feldberger Seenlandschaft 2021. The photograph shows a view of an ordinary dirt road in Mecklenburg, which Struth has become familiar with during the last two years of enforced isolation. Themes of loneliness, mortality and survival resonate in the ambiguity of the landscape. The tangle of branches under the freshly fallen snow poses a similar visual challenge as the sight of the equipment in the machine rooms of CERN.
The second gallery space across the street is visible and accessible through wide display windows. Here Thomas Struth shows new family portraits, a theme he has repeatedly taken up since 1985. Recently, the period of social distancing nourished the desire to continue working with people. The portraits reveal Struth’s special interest in family life with its psychological struggles.
Thomas Struth, X-ray Telescope, CAST, CERN, Ferney-Voltaire 2021
Thomas Struth (*1954, Geldern) lives and works in Berlin. Struth has exhibited regularly at Galerie Max Hetzler since 1987. Most recently, major retrospectives of the artist’s work were held at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2019) and the Haus der Kunst, Munich (2017). In 2016, his comprehensive solo exhibition Nature & Politics opened at the Museum Folkwang, Essen, before being presented at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, the High Museum, Atlanta, the Moody Center for the Arts, Houston, and finally the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri.
Other major solo exhibitions have been held at international institutions, including MAST Foundation, Bologna (2019); Aspen Art Museum (2018); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2014 and 2003); Kunsthaus Zürich; Museu Serralves, Porto; K20, Düsseldorf (all 2011); Museo del Prado, Madrid (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2003); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Dallas Museum of Art (2002).
Thomas Struth’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate, London; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Art Institute of Chicago; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Kunsthaus Zürich; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Dallas Museum of Art, among others.
Opening: Thursday, March 3, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, 3 March – Saturday, 21 May 2022
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