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Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

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With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.

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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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Triptych (Winding Towers and Furnace) by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork
Bernd & Hilla BecherTriptych (Winding Towers and Furnace), 1967Three silver gelatin prints, printed c. 1967
Huxley-Parlour Enquire about this work
Water Tower, Neville Island, Near Pittsburgh by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork
Bernd & Hilla BecherWater Tower, Neville Island, Near Pittsburgh, 1980Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1989
36 x 29 cm
Bruce Silverstein Enquire about this work
Aufbereitungsanlagen (Preparation Plants)
Image VI from series:  Typologies by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork
Bernd & Hilla BecherAufbereitungsanlagen (Preparation Plants) Image VI from series: Typologies, 2008Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper
35 1/2 x 43 1/4 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Enquire about this work
Fachwerkhäuser - Giebelseite by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork
Bernd & Hilla BecherFachwerkhäuser - Giebelseite, 1970–19739 silver gelatin prints
172 x 142 cm (incl frame)
Sprüth Magers Enquire about this work
Gasbehälter (Gas Tanks) by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork
Bernd & Hilla BecherGasbehälter (Gas Tanks), 2008Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper
Krakow Witkin Gallery Enquire about this work
Water Towers by Bernd & Hilla Becher contemporary artwork
Bernd & Hilla BecherWater Towers, c. 1966–19799 framed silver prints
Hauser & Wirth Enquire about this work

Bernd & Hilla Becher Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Masters of Photography 2019 at Huxley-Parlour, London
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20 November–20 December 2019 Group Exhibition Masters of Photography 2019 Huxley-Parlour, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Une collection de photographies at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
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17 May–13 July 2018 Group Exhibition Une collection de photographies rodolphe janssen, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Solo Exhibition at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles
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7 September–21 October 2017 Bernd & Hilla Becher Solo Exhibition Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles

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Bernd & Hilla Becher In Ocula Magazine

Bernd & Hilla Becher At Sprüth Magers London Ocula Report Bernd & Hilla Becher At Sprüth Magers London Will Gresson, London

The new exhibition of photography from Bernd & Hill Becher now showing at Sprüth Magers London is another meticulously documented look at post-World War II West German industry by the husband and wife duo. 

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Bernd & Hilla Becher In Related Press

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Fifty Years of Photography: Stephen Shore’s Retrospective Related Press Fifty Years of Photography: Stephen Shore’s Retrospective 28 February 2018, Frieze

The wall text that introduces Stephen Shore's retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, which features of 50 years of chronologically-arranged photography, states, puzzlingly, that Shore's images 'seem to achieve perfect neutrality, in both subject matter and approach.' Isn't neutrality, like 'originality', just another modernist myth? And isn't...

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A class apart: a new show explores the radical approach of the Bechers and their students Related Press A class apart: a new show explores the radical approach of the Bechers and their students 30 April 2017, Wallpaper*

In 1959, photography was still struggling to be an art form. Bernd and Hilla Becher were a young couple living in Düsseldorf, making conceptual art together. Bernd had studied painting and typography, while Hilla had completed an apprenticeship as a photographer. They began to collaborate, systematically taking pictures on an 8 x 10 of things that...

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National Gallery’s East Building reopens with rich addition to its photo collection Related Press National Gallery’s East Building reopens with rich addition to its photo collection 28 September 2016, The Washington Post

After the National Gallery of Art founded its photography department in 1990, curators focused on building its historic collection of images, dating to the origins of the medium in the 1830s. But at the same time, as it was assembling an overview of the history of photography as an art form, the art form was marching on, and so was the art market....

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Contemplating perfection and imperfection at Dia:Beacon Related Press Contemplating perfection and imperfection at Dia:Beacon 18 July 2016, Hyperallergic

A visit last weekend to Dia:Beacon, the vast repository of Minimalist art on the east bank of the Hudson River, brought home once more the complexities and contradictions of a movement whose goal was to be as plain as the nose on your face. It also underscored the ways in which reductivism — whose puritanical bent has been frequently...

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Bernd & Hilla Becher In Video & Audio

Bernd and Hilla Becher, Hauser & Wirth Zürich Related Video & Audio Bernd and Hilla Becher, Hauser & Wirth Zürich 29 November 2017, Hauser & Wirth

Olivier Renaud-Clément talks about the exhibition Bernd and Hilla Becher at Hauser & Wirth Zürich, 14 October–22 December 2017

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