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ARCHITECTURE OF LONDON at Guildhall Art Gallery

31 May - 1 December 2019

400 years of London's architecture 

Guildhall Art Gallery’s exhibition brings together works from the 17th century to the present day to illustrate how London’s ever-changing cityscape has inspired visiting and resident artists over four centuries. 

The exhibition features important loans from other major British collections and a number of private collections, including works by artists, such as Canaletto, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, Catherine Yass and Rut Blees Luxemburg.

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Introduction  GEOFF DYER



Two of the greatest metropolises of the early 20th century, each captured in 20 photogravures by the pictorialist genius Alvin Langdon Coburn. These facsimiles of two volumes of luminous and evocative images, first published in 1909 and 1910 respectively, convey the urban beauty of London and New York in the age of steam. The original introduction and foreword, by Hilaire Belloc for London and by H. G. Wells for New York, are included. The facsimiles are accompanied by a separate leaflet featuring a specially commissioned introduction by Geoff Dyer and a new essay by Rut Blees Luxemburg.


The long-held balance between day and night is shifting here on planet Earth. The nights are getting brighter, the way many of us exist in the night and in night-time spaces is changing, and we are only just beginning to understand some of the wide-ranging impacts.

Economist and writer Umair Haque in conversation with circadian rhythm researcher Satchin Panda, anthropologist Polly Wiessner, nocturnal photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg, mapping scientist and dark sky campaigner Frank Prendergast, conservation biologist Kevin Gaston and historian of the night A. Roger Ekirch.


Hannah COLLINS, Thierry DIERS, Laddie John DILL,

Safâa ERRUAS, Rut Blees LUXEMBURG, Sergiu TOMA

2nd February - 16th March 2019

Rut Blees Luxemburg

Anticipation, 2017

Hand printed analog C-Print

121 x 153 cm

Courtesy de l'artiste et Dominique Fiat, Paris.


Tuesday 12 February 2019, 6.30-8pm, doors open at 6pm.

Lecture Theatre 1, Geoffrey Manton Building, MMU, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BX.

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Rut Blees Luxemburg photographed MP Meg Hillier for the 209 Women project where 209 portraits of female MPs were made by 209 female photographers, marking the centenary first vote for women.

Exhibition displayed in Parliament from 14th December to 14th February 2019.


Silver Forest by Rut Blees Luxemburg and Lynch Architects in Journal of Civic Architecture,  Issue 2.

Edited by Patrick Lynch.


Rut Blees Luxemburg, Mitra Tabrizan and Matthew Beaumont in conversation on the darker side of London at night. Chaired by Lewis Bush.

Friday 9 November 2018, 6.30pm, Museum of London.

THE LESSON OF THE VINE at Leiwen, Germany

The Lesson of the Vine is  a new public artwork in Leiwen on the Moselle river. Unveiled on the 21st October 2018 by Evi I. winequeen of Leiwen. 


Urban Harvest is an ongoing field study by Rut Blees Luxemburg focusing on urban horticultural experiments in London.

28 June - 14 July 2018



East London is a scene of intense transformation and evolving interests. The many new towering developments in the vicinity of the ‘digital roundabout’ of Old Street contrast with the slow re-emergence of an focus on nature, manifest in urban horticultural experiments. For Urban Harvest the Antwerp based poet Douglas Park has written a specially commissioned Vinetrilologue. 

City centre and forest clearing — altogether pounding out their very own real live telltale heartbeat and pulse rate...


LONDON NIGHTS at Museum of London

11th May-11th November, 2018

Fusing portraiture, documentary, conceptual photography and film, London Nights will reveal the city at night through photographs ranging from the late 19th century to the present day. Drawing from the Museum's extensive collection and loaned works, including: Alvin Langdon Coburn, Bill Brandt, Sophy Rickett and Rut Blees Luxemburg.


Rut Blees Luxemburg and lighting designer Satu Streatfield in conversation on how light transforms places.

Thursday 19 April 2018, 6.30pm

Theatrum Mundi is an independent research centre which aims to expand the crafts of city-making through exchange with other forms of practice.  As part of this, we convene an ongoing series bringing different fields together around ideas in-progress, to reveal connections between the making of movement, sound, text, images, objects, and cities.

The Workroom Conversations are ‘backstage’: there is no audience. Instead, we invite practitioners to share, debate, challenge and enrich. These are conversations rather than public forums. We would be delighted for you to join as many of these as you would like to and bring your ideas to the workbench.

How Ideas Become Form?

Series 1: Between; here... there

Photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg and lighting designer Satu Streatfield in conversation on how light transforms places.


9th April 2018, 6.30-8.30PM

Rut Blees Luxemburg and Patrick Lynch will consider aesthetic value and civic participation.

Rut Blees Luxemburg asks:

What experience of beauty does the city offer to its inhabitants? Is it mainly at the margins that beauty can be found in London? And what does the encounter with the beautiful engender in the citizen? Can an aesthetic experience open up access to ideas which address larger questions of public life? How can we ‘dwell poetically’ in the contemporary city?

Dr Patrick Lynch is the founding director of Lynch Architects, an award-winning practise based in Hackney. A graduate of Liverpool, and Cambridge universities, Patrick is the author of a number of books, including, most recently, Civic Ground (Artifice, London, 2017). He is currently a Visiting Professor at Liverpool University. Before this he was a lecturer at Cambridge, where he taught the History and Theory of Architecture, and was previously also a design tutor at The Architectural Association, The Cass and Kingston University. Lynch Architects work at a variety of scales, on large offices and apartment buildings, as well as private houses and public buildings for local authorities. The work of the practise has been widely exhibited and published internationally, including The Venice Biennale in 2008 and 2012. He completed his PhD, entitled Practical Poetics, at The Cass, with Peter Carl, Joseph Rykwert and Helen Mallinson in 2015.

The Cass Research Seminar

is a forum for exploring cross disciplinary, phenomenological, academic and real-life experiences and ideas. Two presentations will be followed by a panel discussion between the audience, a professional discussant and the two speakers.


Ten Ideas for London's Public Space by Night, hosted by the Archeture Foundation

The Garden Museum, 23 Januaury 2018

Is civicness incompatible with darkness? Ten proposals for London Public Space Charter in the night time.

In response to Sadiq Khan’s pledge to establish a Public Space Charter, this evening discussion at the Garden Museum asks what kind of public space London should cultivate by night.

The arrival of the night tube has reinvigorated debate over how the city’s urban realm should respond to darkness. The GLA says London wants a holistic night-time economy, yet public parks and pedestrian routes continue to close after dusk. The vibrant life of public spaces we enjoy by day is often deemed threatening and disruptive by night? Is civicness incompatible with darkness?

Meanwhile can London's club culture survive the influx of luxury apartment blocks and their entitled whinging residents? Would a Berlin-like city which never sleeps mean liberation from arbitrary social norms of when it is appropriate to work, play and sleep?

Speakers include:

Heather Spurr (Shelter)

Phil Coffey (Coffey Architects)

Deborah Saunt (DSDHA)

Rut Blees Luxemburg (RCA)

Catherine Rossi (Kingston)

Alan Miller (Night Time Industries Accosiation)

Marianne Mueller (Casper Mueller Kneer Architects)

John McRae (Orms)

Chaired by Travis Elborough


The Royal College of Art is delighted to announce the appointment of artist Rut Blees Luxemburg as senior research fellow for the new building at Battersea.

In this new role of Senior Research Fellow, over a four-year period, Blees Luxemburg will act as artist and researcher in residence, following the transformation of the Battersea South campus from construction site through to inhabited workshops, studios and research spaces.

This appointment follows the recent announcement that the RCA has been granted planning permission by the London Borough of Wandsworth for a new flagship building designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The building is part of the most radical transformation of the institution’s campus in its 181-year history.

Rut Blees Luxemburg said: ‘I’m excited by this opportunity to develop my research in urban aesthetics and the representation of contemporary cities with the Battersea South building project as a specific focus and field study. The project recognises the huge potential for innovative outputs to be generated when architecture and photography occur simultaneously.’

As Senior Research Fellow, Blees Luxemburg will document the progress of the Battersea South campus, creating opportunities for collaboration across the community of researchers, students and staff at the College, making connections with neighbouring institutions and involving the local community. Blees Luxemburg’s visual production will also contribute to the historic archive of the College, creating a record of this period of transformation.

Blees Luxemburg’s practice often includes collaborations with other artists and photographers, as well as writers and practitioners from other disciplines. A 2015 collaboration between Blees Luxemburg, the architect Charlotte Skene Catling, the Rothschild Foundation and the Photography programme at the RCA, commissioned artists to respond to the construction of the Flint House at Waddesdon Manor.



The city through the eyes of contemporary photographers

Hoxton Mini Press, 2017


Rut Blees Luxemburg at Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris.

Rut Blees Luxemburg’s new work Eldorado Atlas focuses tightly on her local neighborhood in London, a scene of intense transformation and evolving interests.

On one side is the principle of ATLAS, amplified in one of many new towering developments in the vicinity of the ‘digital roundabout’ of Old Street.

On the other side is the re-emergence of nature, manifest in urban allotments and captured in the representation of a vine, growing on the wall of a local corner shop in the shadow of a satellite dish, flourishing, despite horticultural indifference. Eldorado Atlas, an ongoing work, projects a phantasmagorical image of the emerging future city.

For the opening of Eldorado Atlas an impromptu bar will set the scene for celebrating artistic production, collaboration and hospitality, serving wine from the artist’s family vineyard on the Moselle. Rut Blees Luxemburg has collaborated with other artists to create labels that celebrate #the lesson of the wine. Rut Blees Luxemburg’s work was included in the exhibition ‘À pied d’œuvre(s)’ which marked the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou at La Monnaie de Paris. She recently completed a large-scale public work titled Silver Forest, a 30 metre photographic work cast in concrete for the façade for Westminster City Hall in London. She is a reader in urban aesthetics at the Royal College of Art.

Eldorado goes POP at 4Cose

Rut Blees Luxemburg focuses tightly on her local neighborhood in London, a scene

of intense transformation and evolving interests.On the one side is the principle

of ATLAS, one of many new towering developments in the vicinity of the ‘digital roundabout’ of Old Street. On the other side is the re-emergence of nature, manifest in urban allotments and captured in the representation of a vine, growing on the

wall of a local corner shop in the shadow of a satellite dish, flourishing, despite horticultural indifference.

The #lesson of the vine is celebrated with a new Riesling Secco label POP (goes the Elefant) by Simon Popper.

EYESORE TALKS: London in Limbo

As part of the wider programme surrounding ‘Silver Sehnsucht’, EYESORE presents ‘London in limbo’ - a panel discussion aiming to understand who the city belongs to. Speakers are housing activists Focus E15, critic and columnist Phineas Harper and the photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg. The discussion will be chaired by Matthew Beaumont - co-director of UCL Urban Lab and author of last year’s highly lauded Night walking.

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DEAR DAVE magazine

A certain kind of arithmetic is eroding in the way we look at things, in the way we see…

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A Handful of Dust, Whitechapel Gallery

7 June – 3 September 2017

A Handful of Dust is a speculative history of the 20th century, tracing a visual journey through the imagery of dust from aerial reconnaissance, wartime destruction and natural disasters to urban decay, domestic dirt and forensics.

The exhibition features works by over 30 artists and photographers including Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Robert Filliou, Man Ray, Gerhard Richter, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Jeff Wall and Nick Waplington alongside magazine spreads, press photos, postcards and film clips.

Conceived by writer and curator David Campany, the exhibition takes as a starting point the 1920 photograph taken by American artist Man Ray of Marcel Duchamp’s work in progress The Large Glass (1915–23) deliberately left to gather dust in his New York studio. First published in André Breton’s seminal Surrealist journal, Littérature

in 1922 and captioned as a ‘view from an aeroplane’ by Man Ray, the photograph went on to appear in various journals, books and magazines, cropped and  contextualized differently each time, before the image was formally titled Élevage de poussière (Dust Breeding) (1920) in 1964.

Speaking in Brogues

For Arts week 2017 at Birkbeck College, Marina Warner in conversation with Rut Blees Luxemburg, Maria Aristodemou and Mattia Gallotti. Universities then to be multilingual communities, and for the most part, we teach and study English.

Do the sounds, rhythms and locutions of many mother tongues, echoing through our conversations, help us and help others who are coming here - to feel at home? What role can language play in a period of increasing tensions over immigration and Europe?

18th May 2017, Birkbeck College

‘À pied d’œuvre(s)’, Rut Blees Luxemburg’s work in the exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou, la Monnaie de Paris and the Centre Pompidou display this unique journey in the exhibition spaces of la Monnaie de Paris.

In 1917, with Trébuchet [Trap], Marcel Duchamp attached a coat-rack to the floor that should normally have hung on the wall: the shift from sculpted object to found object and from the vertical plane to the horizontal one are two revolutions that deeply marked the History of Sculpture in the 20th century. “À pied d'œuvre(s)” explores this “flattening” of one of the trade’s essential technique: instead of placing works on plinths, instead of a quest for monumentality or a choice of conventional subjects, Modern and Contemporary sculpture lies directly on the floor.

1 March 2017 - 9 July 2017

Whitechapel Gallery, Rut Blees Luxemburg Prix Pictet Conversations on Photography

The London-based artist Rut Blees Luxemburg discusses her large-scale photographic works, which concern the alteration of the city. How does the transformation of photography impact on the representation of the urban? And can photography be an active agent in  imagining and proposing a ‘commonsensual’ approach to the city?