The exhibition of photographer Thomas Struth
On 18 May 2022, "Willkommen in Berlin" invited its members to an exhibition by photographer Thomas Struth in Max Hetzler Gallery in Bleibtreustraße. The photo artist personally guided the group of about twenty WIB members who listened his extensive explanations with great interest. Three main themes of his current works with a focus on science, nature and portrait which revolve around universal questions of our time were shown. The rooms on the first floor were devoted to his photographs taken at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, near Geneva: the leading edge technology consisting of apparatuses, cables, pipes, valves and control panels. Also impressive is the monumental 220 x 450 cm winter landscape: "Schlichter Weg, Feldberg Lakescape 2021". The tangle of branches under the freshly fallen snow poses a visual challenge similar to the sight of the equipment in the machine rooms of CERN.
Across the street is the second gallery for new family portraits by Thomas Struth. A theme he has been exploring since 1985. The period of "social distancing" over the past two years has intensified his desire to continue working with people. The portraits reveal Struth's interest in family life with its psychological interconnections.
Thomas Struth was born in 1954 in Geldern on the Lower Rhine. He lives and works in Berlin. He has exhibited regularly at Galerie Max Hetzler since 1987. Most recently there were large retrospectives of the artist's work at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (2019) and the Haus der Kunst in Munich (2017). His works can be found in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Kunsthaus Zürich...