Volker Döhne

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum

One can always recognize a student of Bernd and Hilla Becher. Volker Döhne is a first-generation Becher student, but less well-known than his colleagues. His photographs are portraitlike, black and white, but not always frontal views. In this exhibition entitled “Orientierung” (Orientation) his themes are views of houses and emblems. Krefeld is a small city, not far from Düsseldorf, but the rebuilding of the city is still not complete. One of Döhne’s series is entitled “Krefeld, Rheinstrasse,” 1990, and shows one street house by house. The cool, distanced attitude allows them to be read as a history of the post–World War II period. Speculators haven’t yet bought property, the houses are one- and two-story dwellings, and war damage is still apparent. In the second series, “Wideraufbau,” 1990–91, Döhne focuses on the stores and bars that form Krefeld’s shopping center. The names of the shops

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