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Andreas Gursky is said to be one of the most renowned photographic artists of the contemporary. The son of an advertising photographer was born in Leipzig in 1955; Bernd and Hilla Becher trained him at Staatliche Kunstakademie Dusseldorf. Andreas Gursky is one of the most famous representatives of the art academy in Dusseldorf, especially of the Becher school of which Candida Höfer and Thomas Ruff were also a member. Today, he is lecturer for free art at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.


Andreas Gursky was born in Leipzig in 1955. His family fled the GDR in the same year and moved to Düsseldorf. He studied at the University of Essen and then at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf in the class of Bernd and Hilla Becher. Their penchant for systematically documenting industrial machinery and buildings also had an influence on his artistic aesthetic. 

While his works became increasingly large-format in the 1980s, he began using digital image processing in his works in the 1990s, which opened up new possibilities for image manipulation. In his works, Gursky addresses phenomena of everyday culture, such as consumer phenomena, the environment, the economy, and globalization. His photographic view is always precise, objective and multifaceted, his compositions pictorial and technical. His pictures and works invite us to approach them in the play of proximity and distance, a "bigger picure".

Today Gursky is considered one of the most important contemporary photographers. His works are exhibited in renowned museums and galleries worldwide. Today he lives and works in Düsseldorf and Ibiza.



  • 18.09.21 – 09.01.22 NEW ORDER. Über Kunst und Ordnung in ungewissen Zeiten - Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg.
  • 29.05.21 – 15.09.21 Le supermarché des images – Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing.
  • 28.05.21 – 03.10.21 Vienna Biennale for Change 2021 - CLIMATE CARE: Reimagining Shared Planetary – MAK - Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Wien.
  • 15.04.21 – 17.10.21 lichtempfindlich 2 – SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen.
  • 25.03.21 – 22.08.21 ANDREAS GURSKY - Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig.
  • 21.03.20 – 14.06.20 SUBJEKT und OBJEKT. FOTO RHEIN RUHR - Kunsthalle DÜsseldorf
  • 13.03.20 – 08.05.20 düsseldorf photo+ 2020
  • 10.03.20 – 28.06.20 Photography’s Last Century - The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
  • 07.03.20 – 13.09.20 (Un)endliche Ressourcen? Künstlerische Positionen seit 1980 - Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe.
  • 08.02.20 – 14.06.20 SIGHT SEEING. Die Welt als Attraktion – Kunsthalle Emden.
  • 26.01.20 – 26.04.20 Liebes Ding - Object Love - Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen.
  • 16.11.19 – 13.04.20 …et labora - Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles.
  • 07.06.19 – 29.09.19 HERE WE ARE TODAY. DAS BILD DER WELT IN FOTO- & VIDEOKUNST - Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg.
  • 06.04.19 – 29.09.19 Ensemble. Centre Pompidou - Museum Frieder Burda - Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden.
  • 01.03.19 – 11.08.19 HYPER! - Deichtorhallen Hamburg & Sammlung Falckenberg.



  • 1989: Award of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for fine arts.
  • 1989: 1st German Photo Prize of the Landesgirokasse Stuttgart.
  • 1991: Renata Prize.
  • 1998: Photography Prize of Citibank Private Bank.
  • 2003: Wilhelm Loth Prize, Darmstadt.
  • 2008: Kaiserring of the city of Goslar.
  • 2009: Berlin Bear (B.Z. Culture Prize).
  • 2018: Grand Cultural Prize of the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland.



  • Andreas Gursky, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Beat Wismer, Hans Irrek , John Yau, Steidl, 2012.
  • Andreas Gursky, Kunstmuseum Basel (Publ.), Ostfildern 2007.
  • Andreas Gursky. Fotografien 1984 bis heute. Ausstellungskatalog, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Marie Luise Syring (Publ.),  Munich 1998.
  • Andreas Gursky, Rooseum Malmö, Hans Irrek, Malmö 1995.