Monuments (1997-2010)

Monuments: A destructured view

Monuments deals with famous European buildings, like Big Ben, Tower Bridge or Eiffel Tower to put a new complexion on architectural structures that has been taken endless times before. Being inspired by cubism, the pictures tell a new story about these popular tourist destinations, using a new visual language and drawing attention to details never seen before. The severity and earnestness disappears so that the viewer has the possibility to look at architecture in a different light.  

“The historical burden and dignity of the monument is transformed into a puzzle or riddle. Do the parts really fit together as well as the image would like us to believe, or are parts not missing and if they are missing, where have they gone to? (…)
The camera is aimed at the object, the process of destruction begins, the building is shattered into hundreds of tiny splinters pictorial splinters and what remains is one captured moment in the dissolution of something that had stood safe and sound for centuries. In my view, Thomas Kellner's photographs have something in common with halted explosions, there is a slowness about them of a kind that we have not seen so far, an agreeable peace, in the rush and tumble of those standard views of what is being eternally seen.” Glueher, Gerhard from: Thomas Kellner: Monuments, Cologne and Städtische Galerie Iserlohn, Germany, 2001

“It is probably necessary after all to produce such absurd (in the positive sense) images, so as to rid our heads of the stereotypes of pictorial schemata – loud and warped like the angle of his camera.” Gerhard Glüher

Pictures (1997-2010)


February 9 - April 23, 2005
Hofer-Printroom, London, United Kingdom

August 6 - September 6, 2004
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, USA

April 10 - May 8, 2003
Photographic Image Gallery, Portland, OR, USA

January 29 - March 1, 2003
Rosenberg & Kaufmann Fine Art, New York, NY, USA 

January 5 - February 28, 2003
New City Hall, Munich, Germany

September 19 - December 28, 2002
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, USA

August 23 - September 8, 2002
Theater 1900, Turnhout, 4° internationaal fotofestival Turnhout 2002, FoFeTu, Belgium

July 19 - August 4, 2002
Millennium Point, rhubarb-rhubarb, Birmingham, United Kingdom

September 13 - October 15, 2002
Galerie Objekte Wolfgang F. Maurer, Munich, Germany

October 26 - November 25, 2001
Galerie F, Bad Nauheim, Germany 

November 4 - 25, 2001
Städtische Galerie Haus Seel, Siegen, Germany 

November 2 - December 20, 2001
in focus Galerie Burkhard Arnold, Cologne, Germany 

September 2 - 30, 2001
Galerie F, Bad Nauheim, Germany 

May 4 - July 22, 2001
Staedtische Galerie, Iserlohn, Germany  

Hofer Printroom (Online Exhibition), London, United Kingdom

September 2 - 3, 2000
Bismarckturm, Moehnesee, Germany

Hofer printroom, London, United Kingdom


Kellner, T., Glüher, G., 2001. Monumente. Köln, Iserlohn: Druckhaus Locher GmbH.