Devoted entirely to the portrait, this exhibition gathers a wide variety of creative expressions offered in this genre. To this day, the portrait has remained one of the most important, ever reinvigorated artistic forms of representation. It is a recurring figure in countless creative concepts. In light of the current lack of face-to-face encounters, it was with great pleasure that we delved into the subject of portraiture.
Portraits | Mar 4 – Jun 26, 2021
Installation views by Wilfried Petzi
The exhibition is sponsored by: NEUSTART KULTUR and Stiftung Kunstfonds
“I work in the field of literature. I am not a politically minded person, but the question that is close to me is: literature. I declare that in the field of literature I do not agree with the policy of the Soviet government, and as a counterweight to the measures existing on this point I wish freedom of the press, both for my own work and for the literary work of the literary men close to me, who form with me a literary group of their own.”more information
The family portrait, as treated by Thomas Struth in his impressive series, takes on a special significance in this time of the pandemic. In our portrait group exhibition, which has been extended until the end of June, we are showing “The Felsenfeld / Gold Families, Philadelphia” (2007) by Thomas Struth. The “Family Life” cycle, in which Struth deeply concerns himself with processes of development and perception, represents a significant part of the artist's photographic œuvre.more information
Thomas Ruff approached the subject in the 1980s, opting for a neutral representation of a frontal halflenghts free of any semblance of emotion, gesture, or facial expression. He showed the surface—but not the individual features—of the depicted person in large-format works, thus questioning the original intent of portrait photography. In contrast, Thomas Struth portrays individuals, couples, and families with a plate camera and long exposure. His images attest to the empathy with which he deals with his models; they evoke psychological depth and present the subjects in private and intimate surroundings, like 2007’s The Felsenfeld / Gold Families, Philadelphia, shown in this exhibition.more information