The work of German photographer Cándida Höfer is featured in an exhibition that presents a series of interior shots from libraries and corridors within monasteries and Benedictine abbeys in Austria, as well as two images of the Linz State Theatre.
Furthermore, for the first time in her career, and coinciding with the exhibition, there will be two videos shown, filmed on the route from Madrid to Cáceres.
Höfer is part of the Düsseldorf School. She studied cinema with Ole John at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf between 1973 and 1976, and then photography with Bernd & Hiller Becher between 1976 and 1982. Their decisive influence led the artist away from her more social photography of the 70s towards a photographic practice marked by bareness, simplicity, and objectivity between spaces of representation and public utility, void of all human presence. Her work has made her one of the strongest representatives of the New School of German Photography.
Since she began exhibiting her work individually, in 1975, her photographs have been shown at presentations in the Portikus, Frankfurt (1992); the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (1993); the Kunstverein in Wolfsburg (1998); the Kunstverein Bassel, in Basle (1999); The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2000), with a major retrospective that travelled to Seattle, Philadelphia, Utah and Tennessee (2006-2007), and other individual exhibitions at the Musée de Louvre, Paris, the IMMA, Dublín, and the CCB, Lisbon (2006); Caixa Forum, Barcelona (2007); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2008); Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, and the Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2009); MARCO, Vigo, and CAAC, Seville (2010); Museum fur Neue Kunst, Freiburg (2011, 2012); and Museum KunstPalast, Düsseldorf (2013-2014).As well as participating in Documenta, Kassel (2002), she has also represented Germany, together with Martin Kippenberger, at the Venice Biennale (2003).