Thomas Ruff
Prix Pictet Nomination and Exhibition
2017
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London

May 6 – May 28

Thomas Ruff was nominated for the seventh Prix Pictet for his ma.r.s. series of photographs.

The series is based on satellite images of the surface of Mars taken by the high-resolution camera aboard the NASA spacecraft Mars Renaissance Orbiter. Ruff's photographs transform the originals into visual statements that are at once documentary and fictional. As the artist explains in his statement, some of the works have been rendered as 3D images, adding an element of the absurd where deep textures on the surface of another planet become visible through cheap 3D glasses.

The Prix Pictet is the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability, awarded to a body of work that is both artistically outstanding and presents a compelling narrative related to the annual theme. Nominated for this year’s theme of “Space,” the ma.r.s. works will be shown in an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in May.

Read more: Ruff in conversation with Artforum about the ma.r.s. series

Japanese Traveling Retrospective
2016
Now on view at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa
Installation view of Thomas Ruff at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2016)
Installation view of Thomas Ruff at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2016)
Installation view of Thomas Ruff at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2016)

A major retrospective of Thomas Ruff's work is now on view at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan through March 12.  The exhibition features a wide variety of photographs drawn from 18 series from throughout the artist's career. It is his first comprehensive solo exhibition in the country.

The exhibition was previously on view at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 2016. Explore the exhibition microsite at thomasruff.jp.

Object Relations
2016
Solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Museum visitors at the opening reception for Object Relations at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2016)
Museum visitors at the opening reception for Object Relations at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2016)

Object Relations focused on Thomas Ruff's series that used found and collected materials as source imagery. The show included over 30 photographs from five series. A number of works from the press++ series debuted at the AGO Toronoto, while the entirety of the series to date was concurrently on view at David Zwirner in New York. Selections from Ruff's own extensive collection of archival photographic materials were exhibited as well.

The Globe and Mail reviewed the exhibition stating: "For [Ruff], photography is a playground, a realm/reality unto itself, with an ever-expanding array of processes and potential..."

Haus der Kunst, Munich
2012
Comprehensive solo exhibition in Germany
Installation view of Thomas Ruff at Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012)
Installation view of Thomas Ruff at Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012)
Installation view of Thomas Ruff at Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012)

This exhibition was, at the time, Thomas Ruff's first comprehensive solo exhibition in 10 years. It presented all of the artist's series to date. The accompanying exhibition catalogue (Schirmer/Mosel, Haus der Kunst) features texts by Okwui Enwezor, Valeria Liebermann, and Thomas Weski.