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Comprising some 10 works, this is the first solo exhibition in Ireland, by the internationally-renowned German artist Candida Höfer. Her 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 exhibition presents work made while visiting Dublin in 2004, including photographs taken at the National Library of Ireland, Marsh’s Library, the Long Room in the Old Library of Trinity College  and the Great Hall and Chapel of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Candida Höfer, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin I, 2004, 180 x 220 cm, Courtesy of the Artist and VG Bild-KunstCandida Höfer, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin III, 2004, C-print Ed 2/6, 180 x 220 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2005.Candida Höfer, National Library of Ireland Dublin I, 2004, 152 x 178 cm, C-print, Courtesy of the artist and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2006


Candida Höfer was born in 1944 in Eberswalde, Germany, and is one of the leading figures in contemporary German art photography. Having studied film at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, she went on to study photography under Bernd and Hilla Becher.  Höfer was included in Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany, in 2002.  In 2003 she represented Germany, along with the late Martin Kippenberger, at the Venice Biennale.

A full-colour catalogue, with an essay by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, curator and critic, and an interview between Candida Höfer and Karen Sweeney, accompanies the exhibition.

Please download the following link to read the essay from the catalogue:

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The exhibition is supported by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V. The exhibition opening is supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dublin, and the Goethe Institut, Dublin.
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.

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