Kohlesilos, Bernd and Hilla Becher
Bernd and Hilla Becher
Kohlesilos
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Bernd and Hilla Becher

Kohlesilos, 1969 – 1989


Darstellung
40.5 x 31.0 cm
Blatt gesamt
170.0 x 130.0 cm
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Inventory Number
LG 131
Acquisition
On permanent loan from a private collection Frankfurt since 2014
Status
See Parts

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About the Work

"We had to record these objects in order to preserve them, because they would ultimately disappear," commented Bernd Becher on the subjects that he and his wife, Hilla, photographed for posterity. Having grown up with industry, the artists were attracted above all by industrial buildings. In this case, nine black-and-white photographs are arranged to form a square and all follow an identical formal concept: they are photographed centrally from a slightly raised standpoint and under continuous lighting conditions. The uninhabited buildings stand at an undefined location, objectively and dispassionately. The perception of the formal structure of the buildings is thus strengthened, and their original purpose recedes into the background.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Kohlesilos (Original Title)
Title Translation
Coal Bunker
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Dauerleihgabe aus Privatsammlung Frankfurt.
Picture Copyright
© Bernd und Hilla Becher
Acquisition
On permanent loan from a private collection Frankfurt since 2014

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 48C1 architecture
  • 47A industrial structures
  • 47F31 large-scale structure for storage, e.g.: warehouse, depot, silo
  • 48C1411 exterior ~ representation of a building
Secondary
Associative

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Last update

26.01.2023