This exhibition brings together works of critically important artists who have changed the course of photography through their experimentation and conceptual scope.
In celebration of a pledged gift of 30 photographs from this important collection and the reopening of the East Building galleries, seminal works by Thomas Demand, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Jeff Wall, among others, will be on view. Especially rich in holdings of work by photographers of the famed Düsseldorf School, among them Struth, Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky, and Thomas Ruff, the collection also includes examples by photographers exploring the nature of the medium itself, such as Demand, Cindy Sherman, and Vik Muniz.
Wheter you go or not, the companion publication, Photography Reinvented: The Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Collection, explores how the gift of 30 photographsy fills a void in the National Gallery's photograph collection. This significant collection of contemporary photographs is particularly strong in the Düsseldorf School - artists who rose to prominence in the 1980s and are known for their use of large-scale colored prints. Also includes images by Marina Abramovic, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Catherine Opie, Thomas Ruff, Jeff Wall, Cindy Sherman and Hiroshi Sugimoto.