After going nine years without a solo exhibition
in his native Germany, Andreas Gursky, a
photographer known for producing monumental,
panoramic visions of modernity in all its
saturated color and busy repetitions, is back
on home ground with works shot from 1987
to 2007. Yet he is no less the internationalist.
Vast images spanning meters and meters of
wall space make Gursky's photography hard
to ignore, but not only do Gursky's pictures
shout out for visual attention; their themes
and staging appeal to our collective understanding
and experience of the modern world
and global society. Portraying such widereaching,
universally shared realities as factories,
sporting events, high-rises, mass tourism
and gleaming rows of supermarket products,
all given a glossily unreal tweak through their
sheer size and a slightly elevated vantage
point, Gursky speaks to us about what we
know, while breaking it apart into small components
and putting it back together.

Haus der Kunst
Andreas Gursky
February 17 through May 13, 2007
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
D-80538 Munich
T: + 49 (0)89 21127-113