Nacht 11 II, Thomas Ruff
Thomas Ruff
Nacht 11 II
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Thomas Ruff

Nacht 11 II, 1992

189 x 189 cm
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Collection DZ BANK at the Städel Museum
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From a safe distance, the night-time observer records the vague outlines of buildings and trees in the memory of his camera. We are not told what is happening at the "scene of the crime". Thomas Ruff, who repeatedly explores the technical aspects of photography, creates his nocturnal images by combining a camera with a night-vision device. Only in this way can the locations be made visible. The result is an aesthetic reminiscent of pictures of the Second Gulf War. Ruff has, since 1992, been zooming in on his motifs until they become blurred, with the intention of making perception remain as imprecise as the photo. What happens or could have happened in Ruff's conceptual photography depends on the observer's visual sense. What emerges are places that look alien - as if from another world.


Kunst nach 1945: Thomas Ruff
Thomas Ruff (*1958) erzählt hier mit was für einer damals revolutionären Technik er 1991 seine Nachtaufnahmen im tiefsten Winter machte. Vom 26. April bis 13. August 2017 sind Arbeiten des Künstlers in der Ausstellung "Fotografien werden Bilder. Die Becher-Klasse" zu sehen.

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