Opened today, Thursday 25 January, London’s Hayward Gallery is staging the first major UK retrospective of the art work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky (Germany, 1955).
Widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time, Gursky is known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life. This retrospective features sixty-eight of the artist’s ground-breaking photographs, from the 1980s through to eight new works which will seen be for the first time in this exhibition.
Andreas Gursky also marks the beginning of the Hayward Gallery’s 50th anniversary year and is the first exhibition to take place in the Gallery following its refurbishment. For the first time ever, the gallery’s pyramid roof lights allow natural light into the spaces below.
The exhibition includes some of the artist’s most well known works including Paris, Montparnasse (1993), an immense and iconic photograph showing a seemingly endless block of flats; and Rhine II (1999/2015) a sleek digitally-tweaked vision of the river as a contemporary minimalist symbol. Kamiokande (2007) featuring the vast underground water tank within the Kamioka Nucleon Decay Experiment, Japan; and May Day IV (2000/2014) depicting hundreds of revellers at Germany’s long-running Mayday techno music festival. Often employing a bird’s-eye perspective, these large-format pictures – which rival the scale of monumental paintings – boast an abundance of precisely captured details, all of which are uncannily in focus.
Ralph Rugoff, Hayward Gallery Director, says: ‘I’m thrilled that we will reopen the Hayward Gallery with an exhibition by an artist who has created some of the most visually compelling images of his generation – work that has changed not only the vocabulary of photography, but of picture-making in general. Acutely thoughtful as well as ingeniously composed, Gursky’s photographs provoke us to reflect anew on contemporary social landscapes across the world. A true innovator engaged in thinking about and picturing the times in which we live in, Gursky is the perfect artist for launching the 50th anniversary year of the Hayward.
The exhibition runs until 22nd April.
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Tickets and further information: Tickets on sale
www.southbankcentre.co.uk / 020 3879 9555
Andreas Gursky is curated by Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff in collaboration with the artist.
The exhibition is supported by Christie’s, Mondrian London at Sea Containers and Sotheby’s.