Andreas Gursky

Germany 1955


Andreas Gursky
Andreas Gursky
October 14, 2014
Music, Gestalt, .

The collective bodies or constellations of objects seem to obsess Andrea Gursky pretty much so it is no wonder that those motifs became his trademark. The opaque landscapes on his photographs are at the same time alluring and freighting; those images are suggesting the states of present times, but they do possess the prophetic view on the world after tomorrow. Whether populated by humans or completely emptied, the depicted spaces do reflect the ongoing political and social turbulences.

The american museum of contemporary art organized excellent and impresive retrospective this german artist in 2001
Andreas Gursky – Duesseldorf, 1981 (Left) / Sales lady, 1983 (Right)

The Artistic Development

Andreas Gursky was born in 1955 in Leipzig. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to West Germany. He studied at Folkwangschule in Essen, West Germany’s leading establishment for professional photographers. His early, unadorned compositions are heavily influenced by his years at Folkwang, where the curriculum was largely focused on the straight-shot techniques of photojournalism. Nevertheless, from 1981-1987 Gursky extended his studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Out there the artist was under the great influences of his teachers, great conceptual photographic duo Hilla and Bernd Becher, known for their distinctive method of systematically mapping industrial machinery and architecture.

Simple and everyday human activity occupied his lens

Large scale works from 1999 and 2008 were sold on auction in prestigious American gallery
Andreas Gursky – Zurich, 1985

The Conceptual Take On Photography

The lessons from the Becher’s straightened his approach and Gursky started releasing a similarly methodical approach in his own large-scale photography. The other notable influence came from the British landscape photographer John Davies, whose highly detailed high vantage point images had a strong effect on the street level photographs. The curiosity is that before the 1990s the artist did not digitally manipulate his images, but then technological improvement provided him with an option of enhancing the images in regards to size and quality.

Andreas Gursky became known for displays of globalized world

In his biography you can find information about his contact with Becher’s and special print technique
Andreas Gursky – Tokyo stock exchange, 1990

The Technical Aspects of The Work of Andreas Gursky

Despite the digitalization, the artist still shoots on a large-format film camera. The images are scanned and then painstakingly manipulated, often assembled from several photographs at once. One of the main characteristics is the perspective which is in many of Gursky’s photographs drawn from an elevated vantage point. This peculiar position is apparently part of the concept since it seems that by encompassing both center and periphery, Andreas Gursky wishes to undermine the domains of globalization.

The artist adopted digital processing early on

In metropolitan museum you can find limited series of his print titled iii from 2008
Andreas Gursky – Charles de Gaulle, 1992

The Dusseldorf School

Together with Thomas Ruff, Candida Höfer, Thomas Struth and Axel Hütte, the artist belongs to infamous Düsseldorf School. All of these artists studied at the Kunstakademie and developed authentic oeuvres based on the purified and conceptual aesthetic. With several colleagues from the school, Gursky shares a studio in Düsseldorf. A former electricity station was transformed into an artists studio and living quarters in 2001, by architects Herzog & de Meuron, who built Tate Modern. In 2010-11, the architects worked again on the building, designing a gallery in the basement.

The recurrent motif of repetition in present in Gursky’s work

Andreas Gursky - Cathedral, 2007
Andreas Gursky – Cathedral, 2007

The World View Beyond Boundaries

Although Andreas Gursky is enchanted with his grand subjects, he also is careful in regards to reflecting the dispassionate attitude that permeates his work. The artist often uses cranes and even helicopters and pursues various legislation permissions in order to shoot peculiar sights or people regardless of complex negotiations. On famous Bahrain racetrack, the artist had to shoot patiently for two hours from different viewpoints before bringing them together to form a single composition. He is known for badgering the organizers for a consistently higher viewpoint so that he could capture the terrifying scale and precision of this vast propagandist event, which was the case while shooting in North Korea.

The electronic music for Gursky is rather important

Andreas Gursky - May Day II, 1998
Andreas Gursky – May Day II, 1998

Collective Bodies

The fascination with the daily and spontaneous choreographed movements of people in public space has often been represented on his works from the 90’s. For example, in 1992 Gursky made a shot at Charles de Gaulle depicting hurriedly people moving through the airport building. In 1995 Andreas Gursky’s shoot the atmosphere of rave party during the Dance Valley festival. The ecstatic image depicts the entranced mass looking towards a DJ in smoke and lights. Interestingly, the artist is the great fan of electronic music so there are a couple of series dedicated to rave culture.

The inspiration for large-scale photographs he finds by traveling

The works of Gursky can be found in various collections and they differ from museum to museum
Andreas Gursky – Rimini, 2003 (Left) / Fukuyama, 2004 (Right)

Spaces of Affluence In The Works of Andreas Gursky

As it was already mentioned, Andreas Gursky is a hooked on representing globalization. His famous photograph 99 Cent from 1999 was taken at a 99 Cents Only store on Sunset Boulevard and its interior is depicted as a stretched horizontal composition of parallel shelves fulfilled with various goods. Whether the landfills, stock exchanges or minimal shop displays in Prada, are displayed, his images are the visual chronicle of the global capitalist machine. The artist points out that he is not interested in undermining political statement, rather he perceives his works as notes which help him to better understand the mechanism of the contemporary world.

The notable domains of Andreas Gursky to the world of photography

The los angeles museum of contemporary art bought the works iii and several other prints
Andreas Gursky – Amazon, 2016

The Domains of Andreas Gursky’s Photographic Practice

Over the years Andreas Gursky has exhibited his work in various solo and group exhibitions, among which the Venice Biennale (1990 and 2004), and the Biennale of Sydney (1996 and 2000) are the most important ones. A large number of notable institutions are holding his works from like Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London, as well as private collections. The artist is a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and is one of the best selling photographers in the world. Besides the fame and both academic, purely artistic and commercial success, Andreas Gursky continues to produce works in a similar manner by depicting scenes occurring in recognizable urban spaces, ranging from department stores and hotels to the German Parliament and the Chicago Board of Trade.

Andreas Gursky lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Featured image: Portrait of Andreas Gursky – image from WW archive
All images used are courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Weather Report. About Weather, Culture and Climate ScienceKunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, BonnGroup
2017Mythos Tour de FranceNRW Forum, DusseldorfGroup
2017OracleThe Broad, Los AngelesGroup
2017Photogaphs become pictures - The Becher ClassStädel Museum, FrankfurtGroup
2017AutophotoFondation Cartier, Paris, FranceGroup
2017WaitingHamburger Kunsthalle, HamburgGroup
2016Andreas Gursky - Not Abstract IIGagosian Gallery, New YorkGroup
2016Andreas Gursky - nicht abstraktKunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, DüsseldorfSolo
2016The Rebellious Image Kreuzberg’s „Werkstatt für Photographie“ and the Young Folkwang Scene in the 1980sMuseum Folwang, EssenGroup
2016The Present OrderGalerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, LeipzigGroup
2016In the Cage of FreedomKunstmuseum WolfsburgGroup
2016Reinventing Photography: The Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker CollectionNational Gallery of Art, WashingtonGroup
2016The Rhine. The Biography of a European River Bundeskunsthalle, BonnGroup
2016Art and UniverseMori Art Museum, TokyoGroup
2016Capital. Dept - Territory - UtopiaHamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2016The Adventure of Our Collection IKunstmuseen Krefeld, KrefeldGroup
2016Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs CollectionThe Philadelphia Museum of Art,PhiladelphiaGroup
2016WahlverwandschaftenLatvian National Museum of Art, Riga, LatviaGroup
2016The Typological View - Exhibition for Hilla BecherPhotographische Sammlung/ SK Stiftung Kultur, CologneGroup
2016The European Biennal of Contemporary Art, ZurichManifestaGroup
2016Becher Schüler 1974-1985Ex-Aussenstelle der Akademie, Hinterhofgebäude Karl-Anton-Strasse 16, DüsseldorfGroup
2016La Grande Galerie du FootGrande Halle de la Vilette, ParisGroup
2016German Art after 1960. The Fisher CollectionSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art,Group
2016PresentlyGalerie Neugerriemschneider, BerlinGroup
2016Illumination. New Contemporary Art at LouisianaLouisiana Museum of Modern Art, HumblebaekGroup
2016Très traitsFondation Vincent Van Gogh, ArlesGroup
2015Andreas GurskyMuseum Frieder Burda, Baden-BadenSolo
2015Andreas GurskyParrish Art MuseumSolo
2015World views-Situation KunstKunstsammlungen der Ruhr Universität, BochumGroup
2015Faszination FotografieEssl Museum - Kunst der Gegenwart,Group
2015Beverly Hills 20 Years Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, 1995-2015Gagosian Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2015RiskTurner Contemporary, KentGroup
2015Kangxi - CHINA CONTEMPORARYHetjens-Museum, DüsseldorfGroup
2015Perfect Likeness. Photography and CompositionHammer Museum, Los AngelesGroup
2015Land Meets Water - European and American Photography from 1860 until the presentArtipelag, VärmdöGroup
2015Worlds in Contradiction - Areas of GlobalisationGalerie im Taxispalais, InnsbruckGroup
2015All the World’s Futures56th International Art Exhibition for the Venice BiennaleGroup
2015Take One: Contemporary PhotographsPhiladelphia Museum of Art, PhiladelphiaGroup
2015Relief(s) - Designing the HorizonLes Turbulences - Frac Centre, OrlèansGroup
2015Arts & FoodsFondazione La Triennale di Milano, Expo MilanGroup
2015Guess What? Hardcore Contemporary Art's Truly a World Treasure. Selected Works from Yageo Foundation CollectionThe National Museum of Modern Art, KyotoGroup
2015L’Accrochage 3Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisGroup
2015Landscape in my Mind. Landscape photography today. Hamish Fulton to Andreas GurskyKunstforum WienGroup
2014Andreas GurskyWhite Cube Bermondsey, LondonSolo
2014Andreas Gursky. Early LandscapesSprüth Magers, LondonSolo
2014Andreas GurskyThe National Museum of Art,Solo
2014Guess What? Hardcore Contemporary Art's Truly a World Treasure. Selected Works from Yageo Foundation CollectionHiroshima City Museum of Group
2014Miami Impulse, Reason, Sense, ConflictCIFO Art Space, MiamiGroup
2014Arche Noah - Über Mensch und Tier in der KunstMuseum Ostwall im DortmunderGroup
2014Made in Oceania: Tapa - Kunst und LebensweltenRautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, CologneGroup
2014Reines Wasser. Die kostbarste Ressource der WeltLENTOS Kunstmuseum, LinzGroup
2014Gursky Class Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo, MIAC, LanzaroteGroup
2014Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern AgeBarbican Art Gallery, LondonGroup
2014The Cathedral. Romanticism – Impressionism – ModernismWallraf-Richarzt-Museum, CologneGroup
2014Menschen vor FlusslandschaftPinakothek der Moderne, MunichGroup
2014The Bilderberg Collection. St. Moritz Art Masters 2014Museum Chesa PlantaGroup
2014Andreas Gursky - Neo Rauch - Jeff WallKestnergesellschaft, HannoverGroup
2014Love Story – The Anne & Wolfgang Titze CollectionÖsterreichische Galerie Belvedere, ViennaGroup
2014UNE HISTOIRE (art archi design des années 80 à nos jours)Group
2014Der Himmel so weit - Landschaftsdarstellungen der NiederrheinlandeMuseum Schloss Moyland,Group
2014The Tears of ThingsFundación Helga de Alvear, CáceresGroup
2014La cathédrale. Romantisme – Impressionnisme – ModernitéMusées Ville de Rouen, RouenGroup
2014Room Service - Vom Hotel in der Kunst und Künstlern im HotelStaatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-BadenGroup
2014Traces of ModernismKunstmuseum Wolfsburg, WolfsburgGroup
2014Soccer: The Beautiful GameGroup
2014The Towering Inferno. Works from the Igal Ahouvi Art CollectionThe Babylon Trilogy, Part 1Group
2013 Andreas Gursky, The National Art Center, Tokyo (solo)
2013 30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition: The Desire for Freedom – Art in Europe since 1945, Kumu Art Museum, TallinnGroup
2013 CONTEMPORARY GERMAN ART: Selections from the Permanent Collection’, Kemper Art Museum, St. LouisGroup
2013 Panorama. Landscapes 2013-1969’, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico CityGroup
2013 ‘Nowadays’, The George Economou Collection, AthensGroup
2013 ‘ECONOMY’, Stills Edinburgh and CCA GlasgowGroup
2012 ‘View Point’, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, AmsterdamGroup
2012‘Lost Place: Sites of Photography’, Hamburger Kunsthalle, HamburgGroup
2012 ‘Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection’, Irish Museum of Modern Art, DublinGroup
2012 Circus Wols’, Museum Weserburg, BremenGroup
2012 The Inverted Mirror: Art from the Collections of "la Caixa" Foundation and MACBA’, Guggenheim MuseumGroup
2012 Andreas Gursky, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf (solo)
2012 Andreas Gursky, Louisiana Museum, Denmark (solo)
2012 Andreas Gursky, Gagosian, Hong Kong (solo)
2012 Bilbao ‘Envisioning Buildings’, MAK, ViennaGroup
2011 ‘The Art of Deceleration: Motion and Rest in Art from Caspar David Friedrich to Ai Weiwei’, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, GermanyGroup
2011 Structure and Absence’, White Cube, LondonGroup
2011 Wunder’, Deichtorhallen, HamburgGroup
2011 Made in Italy’ Gagosian, RomeGroup
2011 Undeniably Me’, Galeries Rudolfinium, PragueGroup
2011 Andreas Gursky, Gagosian, New York (solo)
2010 ‘Andreas Gursky’, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California (solo)
2010 ‘Andreas Gursky’, Spruth Magers, Berlin (solo)
2010 ‘Art of the 1980s: A Dusseldorf Perspective’ K21, DusseldorfGroup
2010 New Work’ Matthew Marks, New YorkGroup
2010 Brave New World’, MUDAM, LuxembourgGroup
2009 Prix Pictet Prize, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London; Passage de Retz, ParisGroup
2009 ‘Works 80-08’ Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (solo)
2009 ‘Andreas Gursky’, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (solo)
2009 Prix Pictet Prize, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London; Passage de Retz, ParisGroup
2009 Who’s Afraid of the Artists?’, Palais des Arts de Dinard, DinardGroup
2009 Against the Grain; 15 Years of Collecting,’ Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, WolfsburgGroup
2009 Re-Imagining Asia’, The New Art Gallery Walsall, WalsallGroup
2008 La photographie à Düsseldorf’, Musée d’Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2008 Traces du Sacre’, Haus der Kunst, Munich, GermanyGroup
2008 Carte Blanche: Friendly enemies’, Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig, GermanyGroup
2008 Art is for the Spirit: Works from The UBS Art Collection’, Mori Art Museum, TokyoGroup
2008 Fotokunstler aus NRW in Frankreich’, Musse d’Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2008 ‘Andreas Gursky’, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (solo)
2008 ‘Andreas Gursky’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (solo)
2008 ‘Works 80 – 08’, Museen Haus Lange, Haus Esters, Krefeld (solo)
2008 ‘Andreas Gursky’, Architektur, Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany (solo)
2008‘Andreas Gursky’s Personal Exhibition’, The Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Moscow (solo)
2008 ‘Andreas Gursky’, Centre d’Art et de Nature de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France (solo)Group
2008 Andreas Gursky’, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (solo)
2008 Andreas Gursky’, Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main (solo)
2007–2008 Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2007 “Retrospektive 1984-2007,” Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (solo)
2007 "Unter Sternen. Aus der Sammlung Willy Michel. Fotografie", Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, SchweizGroup
2007 "What does the Jellyfish want?", Museum Ludwig, Köln, GermanyGroup
2007 "Concept: Photography ­ Dialogues & Attitudes", Ludwig Museum, Budapest, HungaryGroup
2007 "Ziemlich hoch. Das Alpine in der zeitgenössischen Kunst", Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren, GermanyGroup
2007 "UnFair Trade", Neue Galerie, Graz, Schweiz, Neue Galerie, Graz, SchweizGroup
2007 "Perspektive 07", Lenbachhaus München, Munich,GermanyGroup
2007 "Flash Cube", Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007 Galerie Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, London, EnglandGroup
2007 White Cube, London, EnglandGroup
2007 Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, TürkeiGroup
2006 “Surprise, Surprise,” Institute of Contemporary Arts, London,EnglandGroup
2006 “Thank you for the Music (London Beat),” Sprüth Magers Lee, London, EnglandGroup
2006 “Click Doubleclick,” Haus der Kunst, München,Munich; Palais des Beaux-Arts, BrüsselGroup
2006 “Spectacular City. Photographing the Future,” Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2005 “Landscape, Cityscape,” Marlborough Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2005 “Anota la Fecha,” Museo de Arte Contemporneo de Castilla y Leon, Leon, Spanien,SpainGroup
2005 “Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today,” Whitechapel, London; weitere Stationen, traveled to Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, ItalyGroup
2005 “Contemporary Voices”, UBS Art Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2005 “Discovery of the Horizontal,” Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bozen,Bolzano, ItalyGroup
2005 “Superstars: From Warhol to Madonna,” Kunstforum & Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2005 “Getting Emotional,” Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston, MAGroup
2005 “Empreinte Moi: Une Exposition de Phillipe Ségalot,” Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, FranceGroup
2005 “Why Pictures Now,” Museum Moderner Kunst, Wien, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2004 “Made in MexicoHecho en Mexico,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston,MAGroup
2004 “The Explosive Photography,” Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NYGroup
2004Untitled Matthew Marks Gallery, New York,NY (solo)
2004 Galerie Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, KölnCologne, Germany (solo)
2004 “100 Artists See God,” The Jewish Museum of Art, San Francisco; weitere Stationen,traveled to Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Albright College Freedman Art Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania and Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TennesseeGroup
2004 "La condicion humana,“ Forum Universal de las Culturas Barcelona 2004, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2004 "LoveHate from Magritte to Cattelan. Masterpieces from the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago,“ Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Passariano, ItalyGroup
2004 "ON SIDE,“ Centro de Artes Visuais, Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, PortugalGroup
2004 “Metamorph,” Venice Biennale, International Architecture, Venice, ItalyGroup
2004 “The Ten Commandments,” Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, GermanyGroup
2004Untitled Made in Mexico, ICA Boston, Boston, MAGroup
2003 Cruel and tender, Tate Modern, London,EnglandGroup
2003 Berlin-Moskau Moskau-Berlin 1950-2000, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2003 Cruel and Tender, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2003 “Stranger in the Village,” Guild Hall, New York, NY, organized by the MoMAGroup
2003 “Affinities…Now and Then,” Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, KansasGroup
2003 “The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2003 “Objective Spaces: Photographers from Germany,” Waddington Galleries, London, EnglandGroup
2003 “Antipodes,” White Cube, London, England (solo)
2003 “Moving Pictures,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; weitere Stationen, traveled to Solomon R. Gugenheim Museum Bilbao, SpainGroup
2003 “Painting Pictures,” Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, GermanyGroup
2003 “Unreal Estate Opportunities,” pkm gallery, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2003 “Imagine, you are standing here in front of me,” Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2003 “Imperfect Innocence. The Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection,” Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FLGroup
2003 “Torn Between Two Lovers,” Matthew Marks Gallery, New York , NYGroup
2003 "Le Stanze dell’Arte: Figure e Imagini del XX Secolo,“ Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, ItalyGroup
2003 "The Fourth Sex: Adolescent Extremes,“ Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery, Florenz, Florence, ItalyGroup
2003 "Von Körpern und anderen Dingen – Deutsche Fotografie von der Weimarer bis zur Berliner Republik,“ City Gallery Prague; weitere Stationen, traveled to: Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany; The Museum Moscow House of Photography, RussiaGroup
2003 "Defying Gravity: Contemporary Art and Flight,“ North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NCGroup
2002Untitled Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (solo)
2002Untitled Galleri K, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2002 Zwischen Schönheit und Sachlichkeit, Kunsthalle Emden, Embden, GermanyGroup
2002 Shopping, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2002 Moments which I intend to remember, Staatgalerij Heerlen, Heerlen, NetherlandsGroup
2002 Art & Economy, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2002 heute bis jetzt, museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
2002 Becher Schüler, Galerie 22, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2002 Positionen der Fotografie, Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2002 Die Stadt, Städtische Galerie Haus Coburg, Delmenhorst, GermanyGroup
2002 Malerei ohne Malerei, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, GermanyGroup
2002 Moving Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NYGroup
2002 Remix, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, United KingdomGroup
2001 Szenenwechsel XIX, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, GermanyGroup
2001 Let's entertain - Life's Guilty Pleasures, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, GermanyGroup
2001 GeldLust - ModellBanking, Kunsthalle Tirol, Tirol, AustriaGroup
2001Das flache Land, Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen Cottbus, Cottbus, GermanyGroup
2001Die Kunst des Autos, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück, GermanyGroup
2001Andreas Gursky, Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 4-May 15. Travels to the Reina Sofia, Madrid, Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (solo)
2001 Andreas Gursky: Photographs, The Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts, ASU Art Museum, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe, AZ (solo)
2001Untitled Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan, Italy (solo)
2001Untitled Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000 How You Look At It, Sprengel Museum, Hanover. Travels to Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2000 Ansicht—Aussicht—Einsicht, Museum, Bochum. Travels to Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig and Galeria Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, PolandGroup
2000 Landmark Pictures in Boston: Ed Ruscha, Andreas Gursky, Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, MAGroup
2000Untitled Sydney Bienalle, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2000 Photography Now, Contemporary Arts Museum, New Orleans, LAGroup
2000Szenenwechsel XVIII, Museum für moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, GermanyGroup
2000 Walker Evans & Company, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2000 Photography Now, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LAGroup
2000 Andreas Gursky: Fotowerken (Photo Works), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The NetherlandsGroup
1999 Robert Grosvenor, Andreas Gursky, John Wesley, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PAGroup
1999 The Big Picture: Large-Format Photography, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VTGroup
1999 Raume: Lucinda Devlin, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Kunsthaus Bregenz, AustriaGroup
1999 Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Ed Ruscha: Grosse Illusionen, Kunstmuseum Bonn. Travels to Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FLGroup
1999Untitled Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1999 Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1998Untitled Milwaukee Art Museum. Travels to Henry Art Gallery, Columbus Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (solo)
1998 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Travels to Photomuseum Winterthur, Serpentine Gallery, London, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
1998 Landschaften, Landscapes: Michael Bach, Andreas Gursky, Axel Hütte, Michael van Ofen, Andreas Schön, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
1998 Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize 1998, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
1997 Michael Ashkin, Andreas Gursky and Fischli & Weiss, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1997 Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1997Untitled Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain (solo)
1997Untitled Galerie Mai 36, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1997Untitled Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (solo)
1997 About Painting, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1997 Young German Artists 2, Saatchi Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
1997 Belladonna, ICA, London, EnglandGroup
1997 Positionen künstlerischer Photographie in Deutschland seit 1945, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1996Untitled Victoria Miro, London, England (solo)
1996Untitled Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France (solo)
1996Untitled Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1996Untitled Galerie Jean Bernier, Athens, Greece (solo)
1995Untitled 303 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1995Untitled Rooseum, Center for Contemporary Art, Malmöm, Sweden (solo)
1995Untitled Galerie Mai 36, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1995 Andreas Gursky: Images, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom (solo)
1995Untitled Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
1994 Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1994Untitled De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam (solo)
1994Untitled Le Case D’Arte, Milan, Italy (solo)
1993Untitled Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1992Untitled Kunsthalle, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1992Untitled Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England (solo)
1992Untitled Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples, Italy (solo)
1992Untitled Hypobank, New York, NY (solo)
1991Untitled Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (solo)
1991Untitled Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1991Untitled 303 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1991Untitled Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Paris, France (solo)
1991Untitled Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
1989Untitled Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
1989Untitled The Clocktower, P.S.1, New York, NY (solo)
1989Untitled 303 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1989Untitled Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany (solo)
1988Untitled Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1987Untitled Flughafen Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)