Bernd and Hilla Becher

Framework Houses Seigen District, Germany

1988

These German artists, a husband-and-wife-team, made systematic photographic series of old, often industrial, architecture and constructions. These houses are from the Siegen district, where Bernd Becher was born. The frontality framing of the image instills it with minimalism and clarity akin to diagrams and engineer drawings. The Bechers sought to shed light on the individuality and sculptural qualities of buildings. They thus referred to their works as “anonymous sculptures.”

Artist Bernd and Hilla Becher
Original Title Fachwerkhäuser, Siegen Sud-Westfalen
Date 1988
Medium Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions 40 x 30.5 cm
Credit line Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
Accession 2012.24
Collection Schulhof Collection
Type Photograph

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