Andreas Gursky


Andreas Gursky, Prada III, 1998. Chromogenic development print mounted on Plexiglas with artist’s frame; 72 × 120 in. (182.9 × 304.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, partial gift of Pamela and Michael Alper, 2001.39. © 2001 Andreas Gursky
Photo © MCA Chicago


Andreas Gursky’s large color photographs explore the complex interchange between current artistic strategies and traditional documentary practices. The first major survey of Gursky’s work in the United States, this exhibition will examine the evolution of his work from 1984 to 2000, presenting many photographs not yet exhibited in this country including several very recent works. Gursky’s photographs explore the relationships between the documentary and the personal—as well as notions of order and disorder—often focusing on subjects such as tourism, factories, stock exchanges, and manifestations of global culture such as rave concerts.


This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, with generous grants from the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund. The accompanying publication is made possible by the John Szarkowski Publications Fund. Support for the Chicago presentation is generously provided by the Boeing Company. Additional support provided by Andrea and James Gordon, Kenneth C. Griffin, Pamela and Michael Alper, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. Special thanks to The Boeing Company for their assistance in fostering collaborative and cross-promotional efforts between the Art Institute of Chicago and MCA Chicago.

Air transportation is provided by American Airlines, the official airline of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Accommodations provided by the Park Hyatt Chicago.