Düsseldorf – Andreas Gursky at Museum Kunstpalast Through January 13th, 2013

November 19th, 2012

Andreas Gursky – Katar, (2012), courtesy Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

On now at Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, Germany is a selection of works from photographer Andreas Gursky, showcasing the artist’s continued practice at the forefront of the digital photography landscape.
Andreas Gursky – Installation View, courtesy Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

Utilizing both conceptual and realist approaches to photography, Gursky’s photographs capture new viewpoints into the rapid processes of modernization and technological acceleration.  More interested in the image as composition than factual document, his work culls multiple shots of the same image, then reassembles the subject from into a precisely rendered photograph.

Andreas Gursky – untitled XV, (2008) courtesy Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

His current show at Museum Kunstpalast surveys older and new work, highlighting Gursky’s ongoing interest in architecture, infrastructure, and culture.  The show includes a number of large-scale prints and photographs, including a daunting image entitled Katar (Qatar), taken on the inside of an enormous, gold-plated gas tank aboard a shipping vessel off the coast of the small Arabic nation.  The show also contains a number of images created from a selection of satellite images and complexly layered landscapes bordering on the surreal.

Andreas Gursky – Bangkok V, (2011), courtesy Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

Documenting the ongoing progress of the economic landscape and technological structures worldwide, Gursky’s work creates new practices of seeing, exploring not only the spectacle created by modern development, but also the impacts that these developments create on the ways in which we view our world.

Andreas Gursky – Bahrain I, (2005), courtesy Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

The show is on view until January 13th.

—D. Creahan

Suggested Links
[Andreas Gursky via Gagosian Gallery]
[Museum Kunstpalast]