|<back tu archive||Oktober 25 - December 22, 2006:
University spaces - ETH Zurich
|Candida Höfer is an artist not unknown in Zurich. As early as 1993 Eva Presenhuber showed images from her zoological
garden series in the Galerie Walcheturm. The ETH Graphische Sammlung purchased four of these. In the same year Eva Presenhuber also published a portfolio
of five photographs; in 2004/05 the Graphische Sammlung commissioned a second, on the occasion of the ETH's 150th anniversary in 2005.
Candida Höfer's photographic images depict both historic and modern, technological ETH spaces. As in her pictures of museum galleries and libraries, these spaces are empty of people, but full of their presence. Candida Höfer is known for her keen sense of the cultural and social elements reflected in the architectural surroundings and the furnishing of spaces that humans inhabit.
The photographic commission at the ETH bore more fruit than the seven photographs published in the resulting portfolio. The current exhibition has profited from this 'surplus', which is also accompanied by a catalogue. Its author is Michael Hagner, since 2003 Professor of Science Studies at the ETH Zurich. The relationship of art and science has long been a focus of his research; in this sense he was predestined to write about Candida Höfer and the ETH, about art and university spaces.
Opening: Tuesday 24 October 2006, 18.00
Paul Tanner (> e-mail)
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The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with a text by Michael Hagner, as part of the Beiträge aus der Graphischen Sammlung
der ETH Zürich.