Urban Spaces: Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth
From 30.05.09 / To 26.07.09
Curator: Ludovico Pratesi
In collaboration with: Benedetta Carpi De Resmini
Coordinators: Camila Jurado / Aime Iglesias Lukin
Organization, Production, Exhibition Design and Graphic Design: Fundación Proa
Sponsored by Tenaris – Organización Techint
With the Collaboration from the Goethe Institute, Buenos Aires
From May 30th until the end of July, Fundación Proa presents in its exhibition halls Urban Spaces: Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, researcher and photography specialist. The show will analyze the evolution on the concept of the city in contemporary culture through the ideas and images produced by the members of the so called Düsseldorf School of Photography, composed by its five most distinguished artists: Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth.
The influence of the artists on the art global context is due to the overhaul their works produced on the tradition of the concept and language of photography, not only through the scale of the images in their monumental format, but also through the conceptual treatment they present. Each piece recreates a unique and defined universe that concentrates in the interrelation that exists between man and his surroundings together with all its anthropological and sociocultural implications.
Urban Spaces: Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, presents approximately 50 works that range from the early 1980s until current times, all of them with a common denominator: the concept of the city. The exhibition is designed to take the visitor, first through the artists early works - those produced during their formative years at the Düsseldorf School - continuing with their most recent body of work, in which an individual selection from each artist will emphasize their stylistic differences and personal characteristics.
The body of work exhibited is composed through the Loan of the works by each of the artists, as well as museums, art institutions and private collections.
Our exhibition is sponsored by Tenaris and Organización Techint, and counts with the collaboration from the Goethe Institute, Buenos Aires.
The exhibition catalogue, conformed by approximately 200 pages, including large prints of the photographs exhibited and referential images, will be a bilingual publication, becoming one of the first Spanish catalogues for the joint group.
Each artist will count with a special section that will include an unpublished interview and a small biography. The critical essays by curator Ludovico Pratesi, and acclaimed art critics such as Armin Zweite, Pablo Perulli, and Valeria González, give clear evidence not only of the contradictions and problematics of the contemporary city, but also of the history behind the Düsseldorf School of Photography, and the artists influence in the artistic expression and revolutionary input on the photographic medium within the global context.