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Thomas Struth


Thomas Struth, Kunsthistorisches Museum I, Wien (Kunsthistorisches Museum I, Vienna), 1989–90. Chromogenic development print; 72 x 94 in. (182.9 x 238.7 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of William J. Hokin, The Dave Hokin Foundation, 1993.24. © 1990 Thomas Struth

Photo © MCA Chicago

Thomas Struth, Mailander Dom (Innen), Mailand [Milan Cathedral (Interior) Milan], 1998. Chromogenic development print; 74 5/8 x 89 in. (189.5 x 226.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of LaSalle Bank, Antje and John Jelinek, and Judy Neisser, 2000.10

Photo © MCA Chicago


Thomas Struth pictures the world—its buildings, people, society, and culture—in its present moment of perpetual change. Unlike many of his contemporaries who have investigated photography's fictional potential, Struth, born in 1954 in Geldern, Germany, has adhered to a straightforward yet formally refined approach to photography. From his early black-and-white photographs of cities such as Chicago, Tokyo, New York, and Rome, to his renowned Museum Pictures, to his penetrating portraiture, to his color forays into the various mountains and forests of Asia and his recent video portraits of city streets across the globe, Struth has created a stunningly beautiful body of work that testifies to art's continuing ability to register the complex appearance of our environment.

Thomas Struth is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of Struth's work, and the first survey to tour across the United States. This exhibition is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art.


Support for the Chicago presentation of Thomas Struth was generously provided by LaSalle Bank. Additional support has been provided by Muriel Kallis Newman, Michael Alper, Sylvie and Robert Fitzpatrick, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Radio support is provided by Chicago Public Radio.

Air transportation is provided by American Airlines, the official airline of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Accommodations provided by the Park Hyatt Chicago.