Internationally renowned photographer Andreas Gursky will have his work featured in his birthplace of Leipzig for the first time, with the opening of his new exhibition at Leipzig’s Museum of Fine Arts, the MdbK.
The exhibition opens on 4th December 2020 and will run until the 5th April 2021.
Andreas Gursky’s portfolio, encompassing well over 200 works, visualises complex constructions of reality, all of which are linked to social issues. Work, leisure, consumer behaviour, major events and financial systems have been addressed in his photographs over the course of several decades. Gursky’s eye is clinical, precise and consistently subjective. His compositions are technically and visually unique. The works visualise a facet and association rich view of our globalised world. His interest in abstract image forms leads the artist to create pictures that are both full and empty at the same time.
Discussions for his first major exhibition in Leipzig’s popular MdbK began in summer of 2017. In preparation, the artist visited the museum several times and expressed his fascination with the building’s contemporary architecture. The MdbK will display both older, iconic works that have imprinted themselves on the visual memory, such as “99 Cent” (1999), and new works that have yet to be exhibited in a museum.
The compilation of some 80 works, including around 50 in an extremely large format, will be on display in the museum from 4th December 2020.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an artist’s book in which, in addition to works from his oeuvre and private snapshots, Andreas Gursky will also show works of his father and grandfather, reflecting the long photographic tradition of his family and establishing the link to Leipzig.