Wed. Jun 7th, 2023

‘Visual Spaces of Today’ by Andreas Gursky


Beginning May possibly 25th, 2023, German photographer Andreas Gursky exhibits 40 of his pictures that document  globalization and mass consumption at Fondazione MAST in Bologna. Titled ‘Visual Spaces of Now,’ the exhibition, co-curated by Urs Stahel, spotlights the photographer’s thematic pictures that recommend perspectives on perform, the economy, and globalization.


Every photograph reveals the concrete spaces of production plants, goods-handling centers, temples of consumption, transport hubs, power and meals industries, and economic centers across the globe. Gursky chosen the pictures as he kept the acronym MAST in thoughts, which stands for Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione, Tecnologia (Factory of Arts, Knowledge and Technologies).


Incorporated in the exhibition, which overlaps with Fondazione Mast’s ten-year celebration, are 40 pictures by the artist, dating from his early performs (Krefeld, Hühner, 1989) to his far more current production (V&ampR II and V&ampR III, 2022), travelling wonderful lengths, from Salerno (1990) to Hong Kong (2020), and combining the modern day tourism market (Rimini, 2003) with age-old production processes (Salinas, 2021).

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
Andreas Gursky, Lehmbruck I, 2013, image © designboom | | header image: Andreas Gursky, Salinas, 202 © ANDREAS GURSKY by SIAE 2023, photo by Sprüth Magers | pictures courtesy of Fondazione MAST



Salerno marks Andreas Gursky’s landscape photography


Andreas Gursky sits inside Fondazione MAST, a solemn expression crossing his face, and ponders the choice of pictures that are dear to him. One particular of them is Salerno (1990), the very first image in the exhibition, greeting the viewers into his documentary den of photographs. He was cruising along the Italian coast by the seaside a single vacation, and all of a sudden, the uniformed rows of autos and stacked port containers came into view. Gursky had discovered the ropes of black-and-white photography in art and even crossed the path early on in his profession. This time, in Salerno, he took out his camera and captured the industrial landscape in complete colour.


‘I committed I wanted to photograph that landscape, and I told myself, it is time for me to do what I want. I applied a tripod for this a single and swiftly snapped the pictures mainly because the sun was currently setting. Then, I was not confident if it would turn out to be an image of mine, but when I got back to my workshop and looked at the outcome, it also seemed like a postcard. I have to say this image is crucial to me mainly because it inaugurated my landscape photography. When I appear back at this image, I recognize the moment I shifted my method to big-scale photography. This image was a turning point for me,’ says Gursky in the course of the press conference at Fondazione MAST.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
Andreas Gursky, F1 Boxenstopp I, 2007, image © designboom



Globalization in the globe of perform


Significant-scale photographs of Andreas Gursky grace the exhibition space of Fondazione MAST. The intentional size encourages viewers to step beyond the designated line view to scrutinize the pictures and locate particulars that plain sight may possibly miss at very first glance. Globalization in the globe of perform brews steadily in thoughts till the viewers come to terms with the globe they reside in operating on mass consumption and the ever-transmuting economy influencing the way individuals perform. But beyond the social and political themes Gursky has captured, a poetic and nostalgic tone shadows the pictures via the particulars viewers may appear previous when they glimpse at the shots for the very first time.


For Kamiokande (2007), Gursky flew to Japan and photographed the neutrino detector analysis facility and observatory. ‘It was about 1,000 meters under the sea level to avert catching radiation,’ says Gursky. He adds that generally, the facility would be complete of water, but in the course of his go to, the cavernous observatory seemed to lack it. Tiers of golden spheres lure in the viewers and retain their interest as they gaze at the image, floating however attached to the wall of the facility. In Gursky’s image, the globes seemingly glow in sequence, virtually tricking the viewers of the detail that tends to make the image odic. Glancing on the reduced suitable, two oars with rowers paddle via the nonetheless water. ‘Without these boats, the image would have been scientific. I was moved by this detail. It provides the image a romantic and musical point of view,’ says Gursky.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | image © designboom



Compositions and uniformity in art photography


Composition matters to Andreas Gursky. Whilst post-editing can enable, getting in the moment and snapping the shot at the suitable time and angle are deemed important to the photographer. At instances, Gursky appears for fragments that can piece the entire image collectively, an try viewers can see in Bahrain I (2005). Right here, he hopped on a helicopter and armed with his camera, he circled about the Bahrain International Circuit raceway like a vulture waiting for its prey. Previous the pictures and into the editing, Gursky produced a snaking racetrack that slopes down from a sandy mountain, each vehicle and particular person disappearing from the pictorial canvass. 


Uniformity follows balance, and such a style is observed in a lot of of Gursky’s pictures. In RHEIN II (1999), a likelihood encounter occurred. ‘It is not how I imagined the final outcome would be, but following that, I began to reflect on how I took photographs and was functioning along the theme of abstract expressionism,’ he says. The image oozes tranquility in nature. Gursky was on a hike and jog when he identified himself operating along the bank of the Rhine River. At some point in the course of his run, he paused and saw an image of a big abstract horizon in nature with the green grass and water flow stretching endlessly like a seamless tape. There, he knew it would be an image showcasing the stillness on the horizon that is totally free from disruption.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | left: Andreas Gursky, Toys’R’Us, 1999, image © designboom suitable: Andreas Gursky, Tokyo Stock Exchange, 1990, image © designboom



Salinas in Ibiza as an image of respite


Serenity inside fast globalization and pocketed quiet moments in instances of city frenzy come into play inside Fondazione MAST. Andreas Gursky masters pulling the viewers into the painterly compositions of his pictures for visual purposes although pushing them into the sphere of social and political nuances pervasive in his industrial and landscape photographs. One particular moment, the viewers bask in silence, reveling in the transient stillness, then seconds later, steadily rather than abruptly, they see the globe they reside in, back to the ground from the short-term higher.


The final image that Gursky discussed at Fondazione Mast was Salinas (2021). The photographer went to Ibiza and captured the landscape of salt pools at the feet of rugged, rocky hills. No unmistakable particulars spring into view just silhouettes of the grided pools and mountains. The obscure lines and slopes underline the picturesque landscape, snapped at the suitable time and at the suitable angle. The sun has sunk but painted the sky with orange hues, and the halcyon of the water reflects the surroundings. Gursky, his camera prepared, captured the respite, breathing in the wondrous silence and breathing out globalization in the globe of perform for a although.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | photo by Luca Capuano

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | photo by Luca Capuano

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