Austere

Selections from the SFMOMA Collection

Austere

Thomas Ruff, d.p.b. 03, 1999; Collection SFMOMA; purchased through gifts of various donors; © Thomas Ruff

Austere

Simon Ungers, Theatre, 2000; cold-rolled steel; Collection SFMOMA; Accessions Committee Fund; © Estate of Simon Ungers

February 06 - July 07, 2009

This exhibition brings together works from the photography and architecture and design collections that gather around a sense of reduced form and sober purpose. Thomas Ruff's interior photographs of Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion, and Bernd and Hilla Bechers' stark photographs of water towers join two experimental architecture projects by Simon Ungers: Speaking Architecture and the recently acquired Silent Architecture. These latter works assert an extraordinarily severe architectural language in finely rendered drawings and models made of rusted cold-rolled steel.


Austere: Selections from the SFMOMA Collection is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Support for this exhibition is provided by Craig Hartman and Jan O'Brien, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP.