THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989
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THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989

Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 EUR

THOMAS STRUTH | 23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989

Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 EUR

Lot Sold:125,000EUR

Lot Details

Description

THOMAS STRUTH

n. 1954

23 WORKS FROM UNBEWUSSTE ORTE (UNCONSCIOUS PLACES), 1979-1989 


20 tirages argentiques et 3 tirages chromogéniques

signés, tirés en 1989

tous les tirages éditions de 10

chacun encadré


20 silver prints and 3 chromogenic prints

signed, printed in 1989

all editions of 10

each framed



(i)                 Friedrich – Engels – Straße, Leverkusen 

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Friedrich – Engels – Straße 1979 Thomas Struth 3/10’ (on the reverse)

gelatin silver print

18 3/8 x 23 7/8 in. (46,5 x 60 cm)

executed in 1979 and printed in 1985, this work is number three from an edition of ten

 

(ii)               Sitzungssaal der Bertha Krupp-Stiftung, Margaretenhöhe, Essen

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Sitzungssaal der Bertha Krupp-Stiftung, Margaretenhöhe 1984 Thomas Struth 1984 Thomas Struth 4/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘4/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¼ x 13 ¼ in. (49 x 34 cm)

executed in 1984 and printed in 1986, this work is number four from an edition of ten

 

(iii)              Hoher Weg, Siedlung Margaretenhöhe, Essen

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Hoher Weg, Siedlung Margaretenhöhe 1984 Thomas Struth 5/10’ (on the reverse) ; signed and numbered ‘5/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

chromogenic print

18 3/8 x 23 7/8 in. (46,5 x 60 cm)

executed in 1984 and printed in 1990, this work is number five from an edition of ten

 

(iv)              Technologie Zentrum, Dortmund

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Technologiezentrum, 1985 Thomas Struth 5/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘5/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

18 3/8 x 23 7/8 in. (46,5 x 60 cm)

executed in 1985 and printed in 1989, this work is number five from an edition of ten

 

(v)                Studentendorf Universität, Dortmund

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Studentwohnheim 1985 Thomas Struth 5/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘5/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

18 3/8 x 23 7/8 in. (46,5 x 60 cm)

executed in 1985 and printed in 1986, this work is number five from an edition of ten

 

(vi)              Drei Knappen, Oberhausen

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Drei Knappen 1985 Thomas Struth 4/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘4/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

18 3/8 x 23 7/8 in. (46,5 x 60 cm)

executed in 1985 and printed in 1989, this work is number four from an edition of ten

 

(vii)            Lüftungsschacht, Gelsenkirchen

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Lüftungsschacht 1985 Thomas Struth 5/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘5/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1985 and printed in 1987, this work is number five from an edition of ten

 

(viii)          Zeche Prosper III, Bottrop

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Zeche Prosper III 1985 Thomas Struth 5/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘5/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1985 and printed in 1987, this work is number five from an edition of ten

 

(ix)              Blick auf St. Salvator, Duisburg

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Blick auf St. Salvator 1985 Thomas Struth 5/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘5/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1985 and printed in 1987, this work is number five from an edition of ten

 

(x)                Werthauser Straße, Duisburg

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Werthauser Straße 1985 Thomas Struth 6/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘6/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1985 and printed in 1989, this work is number six from an edition of ten

 

(xi)              Auf der Hardt, Bottrop

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Auf der Hardt 1985 Thomas Struth 5/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘5/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1985 and printed in 1989, this work is number five from an edition of ten

 

(xii)            Kiespfad, Duisburg

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Kiespfad 1985 Thomas Struth 5/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘5/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1985 and printed in 1987, this work is number five from an edition of ten

 

(xiii)           Stinnes Stahlhandel, Essen

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Stinnes Stahlhandel 1985 Thomas Struth 5/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘5/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

18 3/8 x 23 7/8 in. (46,5 x 60 cm)

executed in 1985 and printed in 1987, this work is number five from an edition of ten

 

(xiv)           Kupferhütte, Duisburg

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Kupferhütte 1985 Thomas Struth 5/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘5/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1985 and printed in 1987, this work is number five from an edition of ten

 

(xv)            Ehemalige Stahlwerke, Oberhausen

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Ehemalige Stahlwerke 1986 Thomas Struth 5/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘5/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1986 and printed in 1987, this work is number five from an edition of ten

 

(xvi)           Massa-Markt, Duisburg

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Massa Markt 1986 Thomas Struth 3/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘3/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1986 and printed in 1989, this work is number three from an edition of ten

 

(xvii)         Friedrich - Ebert – Straße, Duisburg

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Friedrich - Ebert – Straße 1989 Thomas Struth 3/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘3/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1989 and printed in 1989, this work is number three from an edition of ten

 

(xviii)       Hubertusstraße (Rückansicht), Duisburg

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Hubertusstraße 1989 Thomas Struth 3/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘3/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

18 3/8 x 23 7/8 in. (46,5 x 60 cm)

executed in 1989 and printed in 1989, this work is number three from an edition of ten

 

(xix)          Kanzlerstrasse 1, Duisburg 

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Kanzlerstraße 1989 Thomas Struth 3/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘3/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

chromogenic print

18 3/8 x 23 7/8 in. (46,5 x 60 cm)

executed in 1989 and printed in 1989, this work is number three from an edition of ten

 

(xx)             Leipziger Straße, Essen

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Leipziger Straße 1989 Thomas Struth 3/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘3/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

18 3/8 x 23 7/8 in. (46,5 x 60 cm)

executed in 1989 and printed in 1989, this work is number three from an edition of ten

 

(xxi)           Hörder Brückenstraße, Dortmund

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Hörder Brückenstraße 1986 Thomas Struth 7/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘7/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1986 and printed in 1989, this work is number seven from an edition of ten

 

(xxii)         Universitätsstraße, Duisburg

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Universitätsstraße 1989 Thomas Struth 3/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘3/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

chromogenic print

19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm)

executed in 1989 and printed in 1989, this work is number three from an edition of ten

 

(xxiii)       Hubertusstrasse (Mit Hochofen), Duisburg

signed, titled, numbered and dated ‘Hubertusstraße (with Blast Furnace) 1989 Thomas Struth 3/10’ (on the reverse); signed and numbered ‘3/10 Th. Struth’ (on a paper label affixed to the reverse of the mount)

gelatin silver print

18 3/8 x 23 7/8 in. (46,5 x 60 cm)

executed in 1989 and printed in 1989, this work is number three from an edition of ten


10 tirages / 10 prints: 18 ⅜ x 23 ⅞ in.; 46,5 x 60 cm

12 tirages / 12 prints: 19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in.; 50 x 68 cm

1 tirages / 1 print: 19 ⅓ x 13 ¼ in. ; 49 x 34 cm 

Condition Report

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Gallery Meert Rihoux, Brussels

Exhibited

Endlich so wie überall, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 1987

Unbewußte Orte (Unconscious Places), Kunsthalle Bern, Berne, 1987. This exhibition then travelled to Münster, Westfälisches Landesmuseum; Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art; Édimbourg, Fruitmarket Gallery and Francfort, Portikus


The Periphery - Thomas Struth & Andreas Gurksy, The Clocktower, New York, 1989

Photographs, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, 1990

Currents, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1991

Straßen, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, 1995

Kommando Friedrich Hölderlin, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2007

Literature

U. Eskilden and U. Borsdorf, Endlich so wie überall, Bilder und Texte aus dem Ruhrgebiet, exh. cat., Essen, Museum Folkwang, 1978 (illustrated, pp. 63-71).

(i) Unbewußte Orte (Unconscious Places), exh. cat., Bern, Kunsthalle Bern, 1987 (illustrated, p. 41)

(xvii) Thomas Struth, exh. cat., Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art, 2002-2003 (another example illustrated, p. 97)

(xxi) Unbewußte Orte (Unconscious Places), exh. cat., Bern, Kunsthalle Bern, 1987 (illustrated, p. 47)


Catalogue Note

This is a unique collection of twenty three photographs from the series of Unbewußte Orte (Unconscious Places) by Thomas Struth is the most important one remaining in private hands. They were all bought at the inaugural exhibition of the Galerie Meert Rihoux (renamed later Galerie Greta Meert) in Brussels 1988.


Initially part of a commission for the German Ruhr region (the first industrial area in Western Europe), they were first exhibited at the Folkwang Museum in Essen in 1987 under the direction of Ute Eskildsen.


Unbewußte Orte (Unconscious Places) is a series that Thomas Struth developed at the beginning of his artistic career in the 1970s and 1980s by first photographing his city of Düsseldorf and then expanding to other cities in Germany, Europe and the United States. Its purpose being through photography to identify places that synthesize each city. Taken most of the time emptied of its inhabitants, they give the viewer a reflection on urban space and "questioning the structures and realities of dictatorship, capitalism and communism" (Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978-2010).


This series is the first to showcase Thomas Struth's work on the international art scene. The exhibition Unbewußte Orte (Unconscious Places), first shown at the Kunsthalle in Bern in 1987, was his first major museum exhibition to travel throughout Europe and Japan.

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