Thomas Struth photo exhibition coming to Guggenheim Bilbao

Thomas Struth photo exhibition

Eleonor and Giles Robertson, Edinburgh, 1987. © Thomas Struth

BILBAO, Spain – The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is presenting the exhibition titled “Thomas Struth,” a complete journey through five decades of one of the most influential European postwar photographers, whose evolution as an artist has been marked by social concerns. The show will open Oct. 2

With more than 130 works, this exhibition will present a comprehensive journey through 40 years of creation by famous German photographer Thomas Struth (b. 1954, Geldern, Germany).

In a meticulously composed presentation, the exhibition will establish a dialogue between groups of works in order to connect Struth’s initial ideas to his well-defined past and recent series: Unconscious PlacesPortraitsMuseum PhotographsNew Pictures From ParadisePlaces of Worship, the 1998 video installation Berlin-ProjectNature & Politics and Dandelion Room (Löwenzahnzimmer), a monograph of landscape and flowers for the patients of the Winterthur Hospital.

Struth’s images receive their signature character from the questions they raise about the relevance of public space, family ties, nature, culture and the limits of new technologies. Thus, Struth addresses essential questions like the instability of social structures and the fragility of human existence through images whose formal elegance prompts the audience’s participation and empathy towards these topics.

The relationships among these works highlight Struth’s ability to combine analysis with photographic creation in multiple subjects and mediums, resulting in powerful photographic images.

Never before exhibited early works and research materials from the photographer’s archive will help to understand these different stages in Struth’s work and the social concerns at the core of them.

Conceived by the Haus der Kunst (Munich) where it was first presented, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

The exhibition will run through Jan. 19, 2020.