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Pergamon Museum II, Berlin

Photo Credit: Richard Sanders, Des Moines

Pergamon Museum II, Berlin

Artist: Thomas Struth (German, born 1954)
Date: 2001
Medium: C-print face mounted on plexi
Dimensions:
Frame: 72 7/8 × 90 7/8 × 2 1/2 in. (185.1 × 230.8 × 6.4 cm.)
Image: 67 13/16 × 85 1/2 in. (172.2 × 217.2 cm.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 2002.26
Accession number: 2002.26
Classification: photograph
Copyright:© Thomas Struth
Label TextThomas Struth is the leader of a group of German photographers that has positioned large-scale color photography at the forefront of contemporary visual art. His subject matter has included cityscapes, landscapes, portraits and intimate views of flowers, but his most important series includes images of the interiors of religious sites or art museums. Source: NEWS January February March 2003
Struth is among a small group of German artists who have helped position photography into a critical place within the contemporary visual arts. His epic, painterly approach to the medium creates complex images that capture the atmosphere of the places he photographs, and hint at the psychology of the museum goers who often populate his works. These images of visitors to galleries and historic sites emphasize the relationship between spectators and works of art, as well as the collective experience of public viewing spaces. “I felt a need to make these museum photographs because many works of art, created out of particular historical circumstances, have now become mere fetishes, like athletes or celebrities, and the original inspiration for them is fully obliterated,” says Struth. This quote seems particularly applicable to Pergamon, as it features a German museum that houses remnants of architecture that once stood in ancient Greece.
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