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  • Candida Höfer, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf III, 2011, C-print, 70 7/8 x 62 5/8".

    “Candida Höfer: Düsseldorf”

    Museum Kunstpalast
    Ehrenhof 4-5
    September 14 - February 9

    Curated by Gunda Luyken

    Candida Höfer has made her name with exquisitely shot photographs of empty public interiors across the globe. But the place where she began her practice—and with which it is inextricably associated—is Düsseldorf, where, in 1973, she enrolled in the city’s Arts Academy and, two years later at Galerie Konrad Fischer, publicly exhibited her work for the first time. Now, after four decades, the artist turns her focus toward this Rhineland metropolis once again, gathering some seventy works shot in the region, ranging from early 16-mm film pieces to recent photographs and newly assembled slide projections. The result, a portrait of sorts of the city’s changing face (and faces), should offer a riveting study of the meaning of place—in this case, of the most familiar sort—articulated by one of the concept’s most perceptive contemporary analysts.

    Travels to the Landesgalerie Linz am Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Austria, Mar. 6–May 25, 2014; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland, Nov. 1, 2014–Feb. 15, 2015.