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

Nacht 11 II, 1992


Blatt
189.0 x 189.0 cm
Inventory Number
DZF 6
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

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.

Video

  • 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. http://www.staedelmuseum.de/de/fotografien-werden-bilder#yt

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Nacht 11 II (Original Title)
Title Translation
Night 11 II
Photographer
Serial Number / Edition
1 / 2
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum

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Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 48C1 architecture
  • 23R14 night
  • 22C2 artificial light
  • 41A13 edifice, e.g.: public building, department store
Secondary
  • 47G6 tools and machines ~ building
  • 22C4(GREEN) colours, pigments, and paints: green

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31.01.2019