Bibliothek Kunsthalle, Basel II, 1999
47.13 in. x 47.13 in. (119.7 cm x 119.7 cm)
Purchased with MIT Percent-for-Art Funds
Candida Höfer studied with the influential German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher, known for their photographic series of industrial buildings. In the 1960s and 1970s, Höfer worked in a documentary mode, exploring the people and activities of various social groups through extensive series of photographs: Turkish guest workers in Germany, poets in the Liverpool area, and artist circles in Cologne and Dusseldorf.
In the 1980s, she began to photograph architectural interiors of public spaces, such as hotels, restaurants, banks, museums, libraries, and train stations. These photographs are usually devoid of human figures, instead detailing the architecture and furnishings and the particular light conditions of each specific locale. The images are suffused with a sense of silence and the timelessness of the extended moment.
Bibliothek, Kunsthalle, Basel II shows the interior of an art museum library in Basel, Switzerland; U-Bahnstation Theaterplatz Oslo III was taken in a subway station in Oslo, Norway.
*Note - this artwork is accessible to the public during performance hours only
Building Number: W97
Accession Number: 2001.002