Andreas Gursky and Melancholy in German Art
|ANDREAS GURSKY AND MELANCHOLY IN GERMAN ART |
Now showing until 30 April 2017
This display unveils the major new acquisition Kirchentag, 2013, by contemporary German photographer Andreas Gursky. Kirchentag captures an endless mass of people in a makeshift campground, attending a festival of religion and world affairs.
Many of Gurskys photographs reflect on the human condition in the era of globalisation. This display draws on the Gallerys collection to contextualize Gurskys imagery within a tradition of German art that expresses melancholy and explores existential concerns.
Artists exhibited include Albrecht Durer, Max Klinger, Georg Baselitz and Joseph Beuys.
image detail right: Andreas Gursky, Germany, born 1955, Kirchentag, 2013, Germany. Gift of Susan Armitage, Frank Choate, Arata Gwinnett, Jennifer Hallett, Roger J. Lang, Lipman Karas, Mark Livesey QC, Pam McKee, Pamela McKee, Peter McKee, Meredyth Sarah AM, Sue Tweddell and Dick Whitington QC through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation Collectors Club 2015, assisted by the V.B.F. Young Bequest Fund, Douglas and Barbara Mullins Fund, A.M. and A.R. Ragless Bequest Funds and Lisette Kohlhagen Bequest Fund, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide © Andreas Gursky. Courtesy: Sprüth Magers Berlin London /VG Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Viscopy, 2016