Thomas Struth, German, b. 1954
The Restorers at San Lorenzo Maggiore, Naples, 1988,
Framed: 119.1 x 159.7 x 3.2 cm (46 7/8 x 62 7/8 x 1 1/4 inches)
Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
On Museum Photographs
I felt a need to make these museum photos, because many works of art, which were created out of particular historical circumstances, have now become mere fetishes, like athletes or celebrities, whereby the original inspiration for these works is fully obliterated. What I wanted to achieve with this series . . . is to make a statement about the original process of representing people leading to my act of making a new picture, which is in a certain way a very similar mechanism: the viewer of the works seen in the photo is an instance which finds itself in a space to which I, too, belong when I stand in front of the photo. The photos illuminate the connection and should lead the viewers away from regarding the works as mere fetish-objects and initiate their own understanding or intervention in historical relationships.