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Candida Hfer: Paris Opera
Candida Hfer's works have something timeless about them, and opera is perhaps the most timeless cultural delight. Having dedicated a photographic series to the cathedrals of knowledge that are libraries, Hfer in her most recent cycle captures opera houses, the palaces of performing arts. Hfer's earlier pictures of public spaces---libraries, lecture halls, museums, meeting rooms---forever devoid of people, made us sense the presence of those absent. Her opera photographs take us one step beyond: empty foyers, orchestras, stages, wings, and boxes make us imagine both theprotagonists---performers and audience---and the fictitious figures, plots, and places that populate these venues during a night at the opera. In her most recent publication Candida Hfer portrays two Paris opera houses that are exemplary for their age and time: the neoclassicist Palais Garnier (1875), original Phantom of the Opera site, and the modern-style Opra Bastille (1989).
Text by Grard Mortier
Candida Hfer, born in Eberswalde, near Berlin, in 1944, studied with Bernd Becher at the Dsseldorf Art Academy. Along with numerous international shows, she participated in documenta 11 and represented Germany at the 2003 Venice Biennial.
Grard Mortier was born in 1943 in Ghent, Belgium, where he studied law and communications. He served as a assistant to Christopher Dohnnyi and Rolf Lieberman in Dsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Paris (1973-1980); director of the Brussels Opera Thtre de la Monnaie (1981-1991); manager and artistic director of the Salzburg festival (1991-2001); director of the Ruhr Triennale (2002-2004); director of the Opra de Paris since 2004.
45 color plates
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 10.75" Height: 13.5" Weight: 2.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2006
ISBN 3829602308 ISBN13 9783829602303