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  • Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s. 13, 2011, color photograph, 11’ 11/8” x 8’ 7/8”.

    Thomas Ruff

    Haus der Kunst
    Prinzregentenstrasse 1
    February 17–May 20

    Curated by Thomas Weski

    Having earned early attention with his monumentally scaled late-’80s portraits, Thomas Ruff has since spent his career exploring the gamut of photography’s genres and structures: from NASA satellite images and wartime night-goggle views in his “cassini” and “Nächte” series, respectively, to political propaganda and Internet pornography in his “Plakate” and “Nudes.” In what will be the artist’s first comprehensive show in Germany in more than a decade, the Haus der Kunst’s career-spanning retrospective will showcase works reaching from Ruff’s early “Interieurs,”1979, to his recent “ma.r.s.” images, 2010–11, with fifteen other series demonstrating the manifold explorations in his decades between. Also on view will be source material and documents of the work’s reception, promising a fresh vantage onto one of the most conceptually subtle and challengingly beautiful oeuvres in photography today.