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b. 1959, Germany

Bernd & Hilla Becher Biography

The husband and wife team of Bernd and Hilla Becher began photographing together in 1959. Bernd (1931–2007) and Hilla (b. 1934) Becher documented architectural forms referred to as 'anonymous sculpture' for over thirty years. Their extensive series of water towers, blast furnaces, coal mine tipples, industrial facades, and other vernacular industrial architecture comprise an in-depth study of the intricate relationship between form and function.

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Solo exhibitions include Photographic Collection/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne (2013, 2010, 2006), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008), Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2005), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2004), K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2003) and XLIV Venice Biennale (1990). Group exhibitions include Barbican Art Gallery, London (2014), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2014, 2004), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010), Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2008), The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2005), UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2004), Tate Modern, London (2004, 2003) and Documenta XI, VII, VI, V, Kassel, (2002, 1982, 1977, 1972). 

The husband and wife team of Bernd and Hilla Becher began photographing together in 1959. Bernd (1931–2007) and Hilla (b. 1934) Becher documented architectural forms referred to as 'anonymous sculpture' for over thirty years. Their extensive series of water towers, blast furnaces, coal mine tipples, industrial facades, and other vernacular industrial architecture comprise an in-depth study of the intricate relationship between form and function.

Solo exhibitions include Photographic Collection/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne (2013, 2010, 2006), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008), Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2005), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2004), K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2003) and XLIV Venice Biennale (1990). Group exhibitions include Barbican Art Gallery, London (2014), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2014, 2004), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010), Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2008), The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2005), UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2004), Tate Modern, London (2004, 2003) and Documenta XI, VII, VI, V, Kassel, (2002, 1982, 1977, 1972). 

Bernd & Hilla Becher Featured Artworks

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Lime Kiln [Kalköfen], Ten Boer, NL by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork photography
Bernd & Hilla BecherLime Kiln [Kalköfen], Ten Boer, NL, 1968Gelatin silver print
29.6 x 40.3 cm
Fraenkel Gallery Contact Gallery
Framework House: Rensdorfstraße 1, Salchendorf by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork photography
Bernd & Hilla BecherFramework House: Rensdorfstraße 1, Salchendorf, 1961/2016Gelatin silver print
61 x 50.8 cm
Fraenkel Gallery Contact Gallery
Triptych (Winding Towers and Furnace) by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork photography
Bernd & Hilla BecherTriptych (Winding Towers and Furnace), 1967Three silver gelatin prints, printed c. 1967
Huxley-Parlour Contact Gallery
Water Tower, Neville Island, Near Pittsburgh by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork photography
Bernd & Hilla BecherWater Tower, Neville Island, Near Pittsburgh, 1980Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1989
36 x 29 cm
Bruce Silverstein Contact Gallery
Water Towers by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork print
Bernd & Hilla BecherWater Towers, c. 1966–19799 framed silver prints
Hauser & Wirth Enquire
Getreidesilo, Sandusky, Ohio, USA by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork photography
Bernd & Hilla BecherGetreidesilo, Sandusky, Ohio, USA, 1987Silver gelatin print
60 x 50 cm
Sprüth Magers Enquire

Bernd & Hilla Becher Recent Exhibitions

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Bernd & Hilla Becher Represented By

Fraenkel Gallery contemporary art gallery in San Francisco, USA Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco
Sprüth Magers contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles

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