National Building Museum Washington D.C., Candida Höfer
Candida Höfer
National Building Museum Washington D.C.
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Candida Höfer

National Building Museum Washington D.C., 1992


Blatt
38.0 x 57.0 cm
Physical Description
C-Print
Inventory Number
DZF 35
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The view into the building has been distorted. Pillars and arcades together form an orderly and yet complex structure. The picture detail has been chosen to make the monumental architecture appear to soar upwards into infinity. The building is flooded with light and its intricate structure recalls the architectural fantasies of the kind designed by Piranesi, for example, in the eighteenth century. Candida Höfer photographs public spaces when there are no people in sight. Without the lively bustle of its visitors, the National Building Museum is also robbed of its function. Instead, the photographic view opens up unimagined perspectives on the architecture. The space unfolds in an abstract interplay of light and form and communicates something about itself and those who are absent.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
National Building Museum Washington D.C. (Original Title)
Photographer
Serial Number / Edition
5 / 6
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
C-Print
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet: Rückseite unten mitte
Captions Added Later
Rückseite: unten rechts von der Künstlerin signiert (mit Bleistift)
unten links: 5/6 NATION DC BUILDING MUSEUM WASHINGTON D.C. 1992/98

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
DZ BANK Kunstsammlung im Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum

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22.10.2020