December 14, 1989-June 21, 1991

Nov 20, 1989

Bernd and Hilla Becher: installation of photographs

An exhibition of photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher will open at Dia Art Foundation, 548 West 22nd Street, on Thursday, December 14, 1989. The exhibition continues through December 1990. Hours are Thursday to Sunday, 12 noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

For this exhibition, the Bechers selected and printed photographs specifically for presentation in the configuration of galleries on the fourth floor of 548 West 22nd Street. The exhibition will include about 70 works, presented as single images rather than the well known groupings of photographs in which the artists have previously shown their work. While the subjects of the photographs will be the industrial architectural structures characteristic of the Becher's work, the emphasis of this exhibition will be on the singularity of the structures and their representation in photographic images rather than on typological groupings. Images of water towers, gas tanks, grain elevators, cooling towers, blast furnaces, and other industrial era structures will be included.

Bernd and Hilla Becher live near Dusseldorf, West Germany. They have worked together since 1959 and over the past two decades have had numerous exhibitions in museums throughout Europe. They will represent the Federal Republic of Germany at the Venice Biennale in May 1990. Their last solo museum exhibition in New York was in 1975 at The Museum of Modern Art.

Support for this exhibition has been received from the Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart. Transportation assistance has been provided by Lufthansa German Airlines.

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For additional information or materials contact:
Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, or 212 293 5518

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