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Thomas Ruff

  • 18

    March 2009
  • 21

    June 2009
Museo D’Arte Contemporanea - Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli - Turin  

The exhibition

The survey shows that Castello di Rivoli is devoting to the work of Thomas Ruff is being held in the large space of the Manica Lunga. 

The installation is the result of a close collaboration between artist and curator, who have created a presentation that is not historical-chronological, but is instead conceived as a single, large, new installation. The decision to exclude from the exhibition the celebrated Porträts for which Ruff is well-known by the broader public enhances the intention to contrast that group of images with the German artist's more abstract and mysterious works.



The artist and his works

Thomas Ruff, born in 1958, lives and works in Düsseldorf, where he studied Art and Photography at the Academy. This solo exhibition presents more than eighty works of the artist who, since the early 1980s, has been creating photo-based artworks that investigate the photographic medium, the use to which it is put and the world of contemporary visual culture. Some works in this exhibition will be presented for the first time.


While the exhibition includes some of Ruff's earliest works, this exhibition focuses on Ruff's most recent production, specifically examining subjectivity and our relationship with production and manipulation of visual culture in the digital era, a theme on which Ruff began to reflect in the 1990s. The question of manipulation is in fact present in the series of hand-painted found photographs called Retuschen (Retouched). The exhibition ends with his recent zycles (Cycles). These inkjet printed abstractions on canvas are based on the representation of space and construction of volumes and shapes in 3-D modeling programs, and suggest that painting and photography are no longer separate mediums.



(picture: Thomas Ruff Substrat 16 I, 2002, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea - Castello di Rivoli )




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