Let's Walk to the Art Museum K20
Opening day of the exhibition
“a master of edited and reimagined images" by Tomas Ruff
The comprehensive exhibition of works by Thomas Ruff (*1958, lives in Düsseldorf) at K20 focuses on photographic series from the past twenty years, for which the artist, one of the most important protagonists of contemporary photography, hardly ever picked up a camera himself. For his often large-format images, he instead used found photographs from a wide variety of sources.
The exhibition therefore not only offers an overview of Ruff’s work of the past decades, but also of nearly Protected content of photographic history. The image sources range from nineteenth century studio photography to machine-made photographs of distant planets, from post-war press photos to propaganda images from the People’s Republic of China. In each series, Ruff explores the technical conditions of photography by examining these highly varied pictorial worlds: the negative, digital image compression, or rasterization in offset printing. At the same time, he takes the afterlife of the images in archives, databases, and on the Internet into consideration, thus formulating highly complex perspectives on the photographic medium and the world that has always been photographed.
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