German photographer Thomas Struth is one of the world’s foremost photographers of our generation. His photographs reveal the cultural, psychological and historical undercurrents beneath the surface of modernity. And now, in Portugal for the first time, the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto presents 30 years of the finest of Struth’s works through 29 January 2012.



During the 1978-2010 period, Struth has created a body of work in which photography becomes an impressive visual essay of the world we live in. This exhibition spans early black and white prints to recent color photographs that are as large as four meters in length.

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Pantheon Rome, 1990 – chromogenic colour print – 179 x 234.0 cm – © Thomas Struth

Subject matter is a diverse commentary of contemporary life. A range of portraits of family units from around the globe offers a peek into the dynamics of a household unit in different societies. A series featuring museum visitors shows individual emotions of awe, inspiration and boredom. Shots of faraway and mystifying places such as Cape Canaveral Space Center, a particle accelerator laboratory or a shipyard in Asia, provide a unique perspective into modern civilization.

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Semi Submersible Rig, DSME Shipyard, Geoje Island, 2007, digital color print, 279.5 x 349.0 cm, © Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth 1978-2010 is curated by James Lingwood. The exhibition is organized by Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf and Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich. It is co-produced by Whitechapel Gallery in London and the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto.

For more information, visit the Serralves Museum website.

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