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Galleria dell'Accademia I, Venice
"I felt a need to make these museum photographs because many works of art, created out of particular historical circumstances, have now become mere fetishes, like athletes or celebrities, and the original inspiration for them is fully obliterated. What I want to achieve with this series, which will be limited to maybe thirty photographs, 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 photograph finds him/herself in a space in which I, too, belong when I stand in front of the photograph. The photographs 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."
     --Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth.
Galleria dell'Accademia I, Venice. 1992.

C-print laminated to Plexiglas, 6' 2 7/8" x 7' 7 3/4" (190.2 x 233.1 cm). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Robert L. Beal, Enid L. and Bruce A. Beal Acquisition Fund and the Contemporary Art Support Group Fund. Photo: © Thomas Struth, Düsseldorf, courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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