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Thomas Ruff

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Current Exhibitions and Events
Feb, 2015 Parra for Cuva & Trashlagoon
Gerhardsen Gerner
Feb, 2015 Faces Now: European Portrait Photography since 1990
Bozar - Palais des beaux-arts de Bruxelles
May, 2014 Man in the Mirror
Vanhaerents Art Collection

Thomas Ruff is an internationally renowned German photographer.

During his studies in Düsseldorf, Ruff developed his method of conceptual serial photography. His initial focus was the interiors of German living quarters, with typical features of the 1950s to 1970s. This was followed by similar views of buildings and portraits of friends and acquaintances. These are typically shown with emotionless expressions, in very large, high-resolution passport-style portraits.

Thomas Ruff's building portraits are likewise serial, and have been edited digitally to remove obstructing details – a typifying method, which gives the images an exemplary character.

Ruff has been testing the limits of his medium for more than two decades, completing a dozen series of photographs that range from seemingly banal images of streets and buildings to computer-generated prints of sensuous psychedelic colour fields.

Thomas Ruff insists that his photographs capture only 'the surface of things'.


Recent Exhibits

Thomas Ruff participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2015 Jardins d’hiver – Jardin d’Eden
Galerie Alain Gutharc
Oct, 2014 Group Exhibition
Mai 36 Galerie - Showroom
Oct, 2014 La Gioia - Through the eyes of three Italian art collectors
Maison Particulière
Jul, 2014 Clear
Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills
Jul, 2014 Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950
Mudam Luxembourg
Jun, 2014 NEW WORK
Mai 36 Galerie
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Gerhardsen Gerner Galerie Alain Gutharc
Bozar - Palais des beaux-arts de Bruxelles Mai 36 Galerie - Showroom
Maison Particulière Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills
Mudam Luxembourg Mai 36 Galerie
S.M.A.K. PinchuckArtCentre
Vanhaerents Art Collection Moscow Museum of Modern Art [25 Petrovka]
Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech Johnen Galerie
Museum Morsbroich Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art Fotomuseum Winterthur
Konrad Fischer Galerie Düsseldorf Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC - Universidad de Chile Kunsthalle Bremen
Marta Herford David Zwirner- 525 W. 19th
Martin-Gropius-Bau ARARIO GALLERY (Cheonan)
ERNST MÚZEUM Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art VIVID Gallery
Real Jardín Botánico MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst & MMK Zollamt
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs
Te Pataka Toi Adam Gallery Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street
Gagosian Gallery - Davies Street Irish Museum of Modern Art
C/O Berlin Museum Ludwig Köln
BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Arts Center David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th
Kunstmuseum Bonn ARARIO Gallery - BEIJING
Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier Centre Pompidou
Edwynn Houk Gallery SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Dryphoto arte contemporanea, prato, Italy K21 Ständehaus
Stephan Stoyanov/Luxe Gallery Tate Modern
Richard Levy Gallery Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona
FLAG Art Foundation Rubell Family Collection
Fundacion / Coleccion Jumex Josee Bienvenu Gallery
Foam - Fotografie Museum Galerie Jones
Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris / ARC Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery
Hunter College/Times Square Gallery Johann König
MoMA PS1 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) Museum of Contemporary Photography
International Center of Photography (ICP) Jim Kempner Fine Art
IKON Ltd. Haus der Kunst
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