Andreas Gursky - Photographs 1995-2007

Past exhibition - From 2 December 2019 to 9 February 2020

Andreas Gursky. F1 Boxenstopp I-IV (Pit-stop series), 2007. Courtesy of the Fondation Louis Vuitton © Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köl / ADAGP, Paris 2019
Andreas Gursky - Photographs 1995-2007

Andreas Gursky. F1 Boxenstopp I-IV (Pit-stop series), 2007. Courtesy of the Fondation Louis Vuitton © Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köl / ADAGP, Paris 2019


For its fifth exhibition within the framework of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s “Hors-les-murs” programme, the Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing announces the opening of Photographs 1995-2007 an exhibition dedicated to Andreas Gursky. This exhibition showcases emblematic works of the German artist’s oeuvre belonging to the Collection.


Discover the oeuvre of Andreas Gursky through the juxtaposition of two works that belong to the Collection: an early piece (Engadin I, 1995) and a monumental ensemble (F1 Boxenstopp I-IV, 2007). Reprensentative of Gursky’s body of work, these pieces cover over a decade of the artist’s view on our contemporary world.


His series of photographs, depicting sites as supermarket, skyscrapers, celebration and sport events, are a sharp inventory of the post-modern society production, with the chaos of a crowd dwelling in, thus revealing the violent character of social constraint on human environments. A ceaseless journey to emblematic sites of trade, exchange, accumulation or dispersion, Gursky’s works – often released in very large prints – are designed with unwavering attention to effectiveness, be it in the power of stripping away the superfluous or through pitiless presentation of swarming objects or individuals.

For Gursky, a photographic image must be produced as an object that obeys its own aesthetic logic. One of the first artists to use computer technology in the 1990s, he has been digitally manipulating his photographs after the fact, blurring the ability to define a true “decisive moment”, erasing entire segments of the source image, reducing or enhancing, duplicating or adding other fragments – without ever showing any traces of manipulation – to achieve greater symmetry or contrast; and with such virtuosity that the credibility of the photograph cannot be questioned, based on a reality whose appearances are the products of manipulation.

The artist

Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky, born in 1955 to a family of photographers in Germany, studied photography at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. His masters Bernd and Hilla Becher’s detached and objective point of view on post-industrial society deeply influenced his works, focusing since the 1980s on confronting a contemporary spectacle-centred society and its consequent new series of challenges.

His most recent institutional solo exhibitions include the Hayward Gallery in London (United Kingdom) (2018); the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20 in Düsseldorf (Germany) (2016); the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York (USA) (2015); the National Art Center, Tokyo (Japan) (2013) – which was later shown at the National Museum of Art, Osaka (Japan) (2014); the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (Denmark) and the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (Germany) (2012). His first retrospective Retrospektive 1984-2007 was shown at Haus der Kunst, Munich (Germany) (2007) and toured from Istanbul Modern (Turkey) to Sharjah Art Museum (UEA), and from the Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow (Russia) to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (Australia) (2008).


He has exhibited internationally, including the Sydney Biennial (Australia) (2000), the 25th São Paolo Biennial (Brazil) (2002), the Shanghai Biennial (China) (2002) the Venice Architecture Biennial (Italy) (2012) and the Venice Biennial (Italy) (2015). Further to mention are his exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum, Basel (Switzerland) (2007); the MoMA, New York (USA) (2001), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (France) (2001), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA) (2001) and the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö (Sweden) (1995).


He lives and works in Düsseldorf (Germany).

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From 2 December 2019 to 9 February 2020

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Andreas Gursky. F1 Boxenstopp I-IV (Pit-stop series), 2007. Courtesy of the Fondation Louis Vuitton © Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köl / ADAGP, Paris 2019

Andreas Gursky. Engadin I, 1995. Courtesy of the Fondation Louis Vuitton © Andreas Gursky / ADAGP, Paris 2019

Andreas Gursky. F1 Boxenstopp I-IV (Pit-stop series), 2007. Courtesy of the Fondation Louis Vuitton © Monika Sprüth Galerie, Köl / ADAGP, Paris 2019

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