Major Hiroshi Sugimoto retrospective opens in Germany

Hiroshi Sugimoto, “Henry VIII” Gelatin silver print, 1999. Private collection, © Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2007 Hiroshi Sugimoto, “Lightning Fields 012″ Gelatin silver print, 2006. Private collection, © Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2007

On July 14, the Kunstsammlung North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf opened an exhibition by Season 3-featured artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. The show, simply entitled Hiroshi Sugimoto, is the largest and most comprehensive retrospective ever presented in the German-speaking world of the work of the 59-year-old Japanese photographer based in New York and Tokyo and celebrated for his multiple series of black-and-white photographs exploring time, memory, dreams, and the history of representation.

The exhibition, that begins on the ground floor of the Kunstsammlung North Rhine-Westphalia and continues in nine galleries on the two upper floors, shows thematic series of Sugimoto’s work: Seascapes, Theatres and Drive-in Theatres, Portraits, Pine Trees, Colours of Shadow, Conceptual Forms (Mathematical Forms), Dioramas, Architecture, Lightning Fields and Photogenic Drawing.

Hiroshi Sugimoto can be viewed in Düsseldorf until January 6, 2008, after which the show will travel to Salzburg, Berlin, and Lucerne.