Zonder Titel (Portret van Frank Müller) [Untitled (Portrait of Frank Müller)]
Collage, 210 x 167 x 4 cm.
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK5912_M106).
In Untitled (Portrait of Frank Müller), the subject looks straight at us. The large format reveals all imperfections – big pores and pimples are extra-visible. Thomas Ruff photographs with the greatest precision, each detail is made evident, and yet these portraits remain anonymous and strange. The photographs reveal no other clue than the portrait itself. Ruff’s portraits are critical imitations of conventional portrait photography. According to the artist, photography does not succeed in recording the subject’s character or personality. The portrait photos only show us a superficial level. Ruff describes himself as an observer. He does not look for the psychological representation of an individual’s complex structure. Photography directed towards true individual portrayal, for this artist, is an unrealizable ambition.
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The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
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Luc Tuymans, David Claerbout, Charif Benhelima, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Marlene Dumas, Craigie Horsfield, Vlad Monroe, Sergey Bratkov, N.
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The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public