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Candida Höfer, b.1944

Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin III 20042004

Candida Höfer’s un-peopled interiors describe a selection of formal, public and cultural spaces, including palaces, libraries and museums, in cities such as Paris, Venice, Prague and New York. This photograph of the Great Hall at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, now home to IMMA, was made by the artist while visiting Dublin in 2004 in preparation for her first solo exhibition in Ireland which took place at IMMA in 2006. During this time Höfer also photographed the National Library of Ireland, Marsh’s Library and the Long Room in the Old Library of Trinity College.
The types of architectural space to which Höfer is repeatedly drawn are public or semi-public places that have been constructed for specific purposes. Traces of human activity are evident, but people are rarely physically present. Making no alterations to the space and using only the available lighting, these works are endeavours at capturing qualities inherent in the space – tranquillity, colour, light, atmosphere and the ambiguous relationship between space and absence.

Dimensions 180 x 220 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2005
EditionEdition 2/6
Item NumberIMMA.1817
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Candida Höfer, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin III 2004, 2004, C-print, 180 x 220 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2005

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Candida Höfer b.1944

German artist Candida Höfer is a leading figure in conceptual art photography. She studied under Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Höfer specialises in large format photographs of empty interiors and social spaces, particularly museums and libraries. She represented Germany at the 2003 Venice Biennale. An exhibition of photographs taken in Trinity College, the Central Catholic Library, the National Library and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham was held at IMMA in 2006.

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