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CANDIDA HÖFER, A Return to Italy (Ben Brown Fine Arts, London)    Feb 12 - Apr 12, 2013

Palazzo Ducale Mantova III 2011
Candida Höfer
Palazzo Ducale Mantova III 2011
 
Teatro Comunale di Carpi I 2011
Candida Höfer
Teatro Comunale di Carpi I 2011
 
Teatro Olimpico Vicenza II 2010
Candida Höfer
Teatro Olimpico Vicenza II 2010
 
Teatro Scientifico Bibiena Mantova I 2010
Candida Höfer
Teatro Scientifico Bibiena Mantova I 2010
 
  
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German photographer Candida Höfer makes a significant return to Ben Brown Fine Arts in London on 12 February with a major solo show, unveiling thirteen new and previously unseen photographs which catalogue the architectural treasures of Northern Italy.

Mantova, Vicenza, Sabbioneta, Venice and Carpi provide the glorious setting for this new series shot over the past two years, a continuation of Höfer's previous work in Central and Southern Italy. The interiors of palaces, opera houses, libraries and theatres, which Höfer captures with incredible skill, are part of her meticulous documentation of public spaces - places of culture, knowledge, communication and exchange with a rich history and clear functionality. Having rarely visited the Northern region, Höfer was particularly touched by the naturalness and ease with which the local people there accepted this extraordinary architecture as a part of their daily lives.

Höfer's portraits of interiors, customarily devoid of human presence, emphasize the solemn magnificence of the Palazzo Ducale, Teatro La Fenice and Biblioteca Teresiana, amongst others. By featuring spaces that celebrate mankind's greatness, yet where people are nowhere to be found, Höfer's images possess an unexpected poignancy which has become the hallmark of her work.



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