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"Bernd and Hilla Becher: Typologies of industrial Buildings"
2003-11-29 until 2004-04-12
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21 Kunstsammlung am Grabbeplatz - Duesseldorf
Typologies of industrial Buildings by Bernd and Hilla Becher is the first temporary exhibition, which K21 dedicates exclusively to the art of photography.
At the centre of the exhibition are presented the 50 typologies, blocks of 9, 12 or 15 pictures, framed by a selection of 30 individual photographs. So a presentation of nearly 650 pieces in total will be shown.
Bernd and Hilla becher have been busy searching their stock of prints and negatives and modifying or extending older typologies. Exhibited are thus updated typologies, which comprehend individual photographs from different periods.
For many years Bernd and Hilla Becher have been recording documents in Europe and Northern America of an industry which in the meantime has often been demolished or otherwise preserved as a monument to industrial evolution.
The highly detailed, black-and-white photographs show blast furnaces, winding towers, gastanks, cooling towers, coalbunkers and water towers.
An extensive catalogue will be published by Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, including reproductions of the most important typologies, as well as articles by Armin Zweite, Ludger Derenthal, Werner Spies and Thomas Weski.
Following the exhibition at K21 in Düsseldorf, Typologies of industrial Buildings will be on view at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.
Bernd und Hilla Becher
Lengenfeld, Sachsen, Deutschland, 1998
Black and white photography
62 x 51 cm