Axel Hütte, Gulch, 2001, Chromogeen Abzug, vermutlich mit Face-mounting (vorderseitige Verklebung mit Acrylglas), 105,5 x 236,5 cm, Inv. Nr. SAP 147 © Axel Hütte, Courtesy GALERIE WILMA TOLKSDORF
01/01/2019 - 03/11/2019

The World as a Whole

Photographs by Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth from the Collection of the Pinakothek der Moderne

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Since the early 1990s, German photography has been at the forefront of international contemporary art. With their colourful large-format images, artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Thomas Ruff – all graduates of the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the 1980s – confidently laid claim to creating works of art on a par with those of any other art form. They answered the sterile question of whether photography counts as art – the subject of recurring debate for over 150 years – by simply not asking it and refusing to doubt in the first place. Photography from Düsseldorf went on to become the seminal art movement of the late 20th century.

The selection from the Pinakothek der Moderne’s collection invites viewers to re-encounter the work of Düsseldorf photography’s key figures, including Candida Höfer and Axel Hütte as well as Gursky, Struth, and Ruff. Thematically, the works – which were created between 1988 and 2001 – range from portraits to landscape and nature photography to interior views of public buildings. Despite the thematic and stylistic differences, the exhibited artists all employ a documentary approach that was long regarded as non-artistic, elevating the ordinary world to the primary object of their photographic analyses. By turning their back on black-and-white photography and embracing colour, by choosing contemporary themes, and above all creating large-format prints the size of easel paintings, the artists, who today live in Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Berlin, took photography a decisive step further, leading to its widespread recognition as an artistically independent form of expression within contemporary art.

Axel Hütte, Gulch, 2001, Chromogeen Abzug, vermutlich mit Face-mounting (vorderseitige Verklebung mit Acrylglas), 105,5 x 236,5 cm, Inv. Nr. SAP 147 © Axel Hütte, Courtesy GALERIE WILMA TOLKSDORF
Axel Hütte, Gulch, 2001, Chromogeen Abzug, vermutlich mit Face-mounting (vorderseitige Verklebung mit Acrylglas), 105,5 x 236,5 cm, Inv. Nr. SAP 147 © Axel Hütte, Courtesy GALERIE WILMA TOLKSDORF

Planning your visit

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Opening Hours

As a result of general measures to contain the COVID-19 virus, the Pinakothek der Moderne will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Location

Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
80333 München

Admission prices (Inclusive opening hours )

Sunday admission 1€

Thursday – Saturday 10€
reduced 7€
Day pass (Alte Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne, Museum Brandhorst, Sammlung Schack) 12€

Duration of the visit

ca. 60 minutes

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