Since the early 1980s, Candida Höfer has been photographing public spaces: banks, museums, libraries… What fascinates the artist are traces of how the space has been used over time. Hamburg Kunsthalle I, taken in 1993, and presented here by Pascal Beausse, curator of the photography collections at CNAP, was acquired by the Centre National d’Arts Plastiques in 1998. The modest format, the slightly off-balance composition, and the grain resulting from the use of the 24×36 format lend the image a sensual quality which stands in contrast to the apparent rigor of the shot.
This work is registered in the inventory of the National Collection of Contemporary Art, that the CNAP has, as its mission, to enrich, preserve and disseminate.
Thanks to Pascal Beausse, head of the photographic collections, and to the teams of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques who have allowed this project to be carried out.
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Translation: L’Œil de la Photographie.
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