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Candida Höfer focuses on the unexpected and unseen in museums--vacant lounges and lobbies, for example--emphasizing their blandness and impersonality. She writes: "Museums interest me as types of public or semi-public spaces. Museums have layers of showing their original architecture, their different ways of exhibiting over time, the different ways in which their rooms have been used with or against their will, the way their rooms have served each other. Each of these uses leaves behind traces, and all of these traces are present at the same time. There is always a time of day in a museum when these traces, together with the structures of the space, the walls, the windows, doors, and stairs, their proportions, their relation to each other, the colors and the light, become much more visible among the people who visit and the objects exhibited."
Candida Höfer.
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Roma. 1990.

C-print, 14 3/16 x 20 1/16" (36 x 51 cm). Courtesy Sonnabend Gallery, New York. Photo: courtesy Sonnabend Gallery, New York

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