Lives & works: UK
German-born photographer and artist, Rut Blees Luxemburg, deals with the representation of the city and the phenomenon of the urban, ranging from large-scale photographic works to public art installations and operatic mise-en-scène. Her permanent public art work: Silver Forest, a monumental photographic urban landscape cast in concrete, can be seen on the façade of Westminster City Hall in London.
Rut Blees Luxemburg has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Europe, including the solo exhibition Phantom, a photographic exploration of Modernity’s imprint on the architecture of Dakar, Senegal, at Tate Liverpool in 2003. Her series London Dust was shown at the Museum of London in 2015.
Rut Blees Luxemburg created the iconic cover for The Streets’ Original Pirate Material and is a reader in urban aesthetics at The Royal College of Art. She is a co-director of FILET – a space for experimental art production.
Rut Blees Luxemburg’s work is held in major public and private collections including Tate, London; Pompidou Centre, Paris and the V&A Museum, London. The collection of the Stadtmuseum Simeonstift Trier, Germany, holds a significant number of works by the artist and recently the Museum of London acquired new photographic and video work from the series London Dust for their collection.
The print produced by Rut Blees Luxemburg for Field Editions is a photograph of the Pilton Tithe Barn in Somerset, which was used as the location for the final duel scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 1970s film Barry Lyndon. The film is renowned for its use of natural light and historical locations and tells the story of the life and adventures of an Irish adventurer, originally based on The Luck of Barry Lyndon, by William Makepeace Thackery – it is often considered one of Kubrick’s finest films.
Rut Blees Luxemburg lives and works in the UK.
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