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Nach Innen/In Deeper

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    1999 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Luxemburg, Rut Blees, born 1967 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    C-print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Adrian Sassoon, Esq.

  • Museum number:

    E.831-2000

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Rut Blees Luxemburg is an influential and well respected figure in the contemporary fine art photography scene. She was born in Germany in 1967 and educated at the London College of Printing and the University of Westminster.

Luxemburg's early work presented London as a city filled with raucous visual noise, typified by the dazzling after-images of car headlights streaking through deserted spaces. In 1999 she exhibited a series titled Liebeslied (Lovesong). This time her large-scale colour images captured a fin de siècle city filled with reflection, memory traces, reverie and history. This nocturnal view can be seen as a symbol for the starting or finishing point of a journey. Luxemburg's view of London was informed by the night poems of the German Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin and with such contemporary writers on the city such as Peter Ackroyd and Iain Sinclair.

Physical description

Photograph taken at night showing steps leading down to the river Thames.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)

Date

1999 (made)

Artist/maker

Luxemburg, Rut Blees, born 1967 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

C-print

Dimensions

Height: 1480 mm print, Width: 1890 mm print

Object history note

'Nach Innen/In Deeper', taken by Rut Blees Luxemburg is from the series, 'Liebeslied', 1999.

Historical significance: Luxemburg's early work presented London as a city filled with raucous visual noise, typified by the dazzling after-images of car headlights streaking through deserted spaces. In 1999 she exhibited a series titled Liebeslied (Lovesong). This time her large-scale colour captured a fin de siècle city filled with reflection, memory traces, reverie and history. Luxemburg's view of London was informed by the night poems of the German Romantic poet Friedrich Höolderlin and with such contemporary writers on the city such as Peter Ackroyd and Iain Sinclair.
Mark Haworth-Booth

Descriptive line

Photograph by Rut Blees Luxemburg 'Nach Innen/In Deeper', 1999

Labels and date

Photo London: Beneath the Surface
Somerset House 20 May - 24 August

Rut Blees Luxemburg (born 1967)
Nach Innen / In Deeper, 1999

The title of this photograph of steps leading down to the river Thames is based on a quote by philosopher Roland Barthes: ‘To get out, go in deeper.’ Luxemburg is known for nocturnal urban images using long exposures to capture the city in the eerie glow of street lights. Instead of describing actual locations, her photographs evoke psychological and mythical spaces filled with reflection, traces and reverie.

C-print
Given by Adrian Sassoon
V&A Museum no. E.831-2000
[30-04-2015]
Rut Blees Luxemburg (German, born 1967)
C-print
Given by Adrian Sassoon Esq. 2000

Luxemburg's early work presented London as a city filled with raucous visual noise, typified by the dazzling after-images of car headlights streaking through deserted spaces. In 1999 she exhibited a series titled Liebeslied (Lovesong). This time her large-scale colour captured a fin de siècle city filled with reflection, memory traces, reverie and history. This nocturnal view can be seen as a symbol for the starting or finishing point of a journey. Luxemburg's view of London was informed by the night poems of the German Romantic poet Friedrich Höolderlin and with such contemporary writers on the city such as Peter Ackroyd and Iain Sinclair.
Mark Haworth-Booth []

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

C-type colour photography

Subjects depicted

Rain; River-banks; Street lighting luminaires

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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