October 3, 2015 – January 24, 2016
Andreas Gursky (born 1955) is one of the world’s most important contemporary photographers. With his colour photography, he creates an impressive world of images which he often refines and arranges through image processing.
In the process, Gursky’s works also bear pictorial testimony to his decades of travel around the globe. From ancient sites and topical scenes of current social and political events to fictitiously arranged fantasy worlds, his pictures always turn out to be sensitive and pensive reflections on our zeitgeist and the state of our world: Cairo and the Great Pyramid, doomed island worlds off Dubai, Prada shops and race tracks, production facilities and rubbish dumps, mass spectacles in Berlin and the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, the stock markets in Chicago and Kuwait, museums as places of reflection and comic superheroes used to imagine future worlds.
The exhibition in the Museum Frieder Burda combines older, iconic works by Andreas Gursky with his latest pictorial inventions. This presentation opens up a panorama rich in images which, on the one hand, acutely analyses our complex reality and, on the other, expresses great pleasure in the regarding and discovering of pictures. The exhibition, curated by Udo Kittelmann, director of the Nationalgalerie in Berlin, is being developed in close co-operation with the artist.