Haus der Kunst, Munich
February 17, 2012 ñ May 20, 2012
Prinzregentenstraße 1 80538 München, Allemagne
+49 89 21127113

In his first comprehensive exhibition in more than a decade, Thomas Ruff presents the work series that made him internationally renowned. The show depicts Ruff's artistic
development in chronological order: starting with his first series begun in 1979 of German 'Interieurs', via 'Porträts', 'Häuser' and 'Sterne', to the series of the 1990's including
'Zeitungsfotos', 'blaue Augen', 'Nächte', 'Plakate' and 'andere Porträts'. The arch spans from 'l.m.v.d.r.' and 'nudes' via 'Maschinen', 'Substrat', 'Zycles', 'jpeg' and 'cassini' to
the present with the topographical images of Mars ('ma.r.s.'), begun in 2011. Included for the first time in a presentation and its mediation is material relating to the reception of the
work and the sources that inspired Thomas Ruff. This material provides access to Ruff's conceptual survey of the various uses and forms of photography.

Thomas Ruff, born in 1958 in Zell am Harmersbach (Black Forest), studied with Bernd Becher at the Academy of Art in Dusseldorf, during which time he created the 'Interieurs'series. His paintings are remarkable for their size and perfect technique. In the past thirty years, the artist has continuously taken on formal as well as technical aspects of analogue and digital photography. And for various series, he also adopted foreign materials that he processed and introduced to the visual arts. Thomas Ruff’s current series shows the surfaces of mars, which he took from the NASA website and translated into images of a fragile beauty.