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Thomas Ruff

WHEN THOMAS RUFF’S NEW IMAGES of Mies van der Rohe’s Haus Lange and Haus Esters go on view in the newly refurbished Krefeld villas this June, the German photographer will help reinaugurate a pair of structures almost as important for the recent history of art as for architecture. Closed for more than two years to accommodate badly needed renovations, the Rhineland buildings boast an exhibition history that includes not only first institutional shows by the likes of Yves Klein, Cy Twombly, and Marcel Duchamp but appearances by everyone from Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter to Bruce Nauman and Rosemarie Trockel. Originally designed as homes for textile magnates Hermann Lange and Josef Esters, both of whom were avid collectors of modern art, Haus Lange and Haus Esters were acquired by Krefeld’s Kaiser Wilhelm Museum (in 1955 and 1981, respectively) and have since served as noted museums in

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