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JÜRGEN KLAUKE born 1943, lives and works in Cologne.

JÜRGEN KLAUKE is a singular phenomenon in contemporary art. Above all, he paved the way for staged photography by conceptualising the photographic medium and elevating it to the immanent theme of his art. He raised the question of gender difference more emphatically and radically than others, exaggerating the problem of identity to the point of excess with sometimes provocative images. He himself speaks of the “aestheticisation of the existential”.

He was a participant in Documenta 6 & 8 and the Venice Biennale 1980, and major national and international solo exhibitions have honoured his work to date: Nationalgalerie Berlin, GER; Kunsthalle Hamburg, GER; Museum Boymans van Beunigen, Rotterdam, NL; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, GER; Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, GER; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, GER; Sammlung Götz, Munich, GER; The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Shiga & Yamaguchi Museum, JP; Rudolfinum, Prague, CZ; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, GER; The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, RUS; Maison Européenne de de la Ville, Paris, FR; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, FR; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, GER; ZKM Karlsruhe, GER; MdM Salzburg, AT; Max Ernst Museum, Brühl, GER; Fundación Helga De Alvear, Cásseres, ESP.