Candida Höfer




Candida Höfer is internationally well-known for her photographs of interior public spaces in absence of the public. Her pictures of museums, libraries, schools, zoos, etc. are of an abstract timelessness and open up a perspective that transcends the spaces‘ functionality.


“I take photos in public and semi-public spaces from different eras. They are spaces that are accessible to everyone. They are places of encounter, communication, knowledge, relaxation and recreation. There are spas, hotels, waiting rooms, museums, libraries, universities, banks, churches and, for some years now, zoological gardens. All rooms have a task, and the things in the rooms usually also have a task.” Candida Höfer, accessed on 29.10.2020

EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2020 | | Neue Galerie Gladbeck

2015 | | Ben Brown Fine Arts

2015 | New | Sean Kelly Gallery

2012 | | Haus der Kulturen der Welt

2011 | | Baltimore Museum of Art

2010 | | Kunsthalle Kiel

2009 || ZKM

2003 | | 50. Biennale

2002 | | documenta11


2015 | Cologne-Fine-Arts-Award

2015 | Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 2007| Art Award Finkenwerder


1997 | | Professor of Photography

1973 | Dü | Student of Hilla and Bernd Becher at the Art  Academy

1968 | | Freelance Photographer

1964 | | Student at Werkschule

1963 | | Trainee in Photo Studio


Grew up and lives in

1944 | Born in

Trailer on Sense of Space, a Film by Ralph Goertz about Candida Höfer

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Deutsche Bö Candida Höfer

Wikiwand: Candida Höfer

Galerie Gladbeck: Candida Höfer


Candida Höfer, Real Gabinete Português de Leitura Rio de Janeiro IV 2005
© Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
accessed on Galerie Gladbeck, 29.10.2020

Cyrus Karibu: Slay Queen (2018).
Photo: SMAC Gallery.

Online | 27 January to 28 February 2021 | Free Access


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