Lot 41
  • 41

Bernd and Hilla Becher

15,000 - 20,000 GBP
18,750 GBP
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  • Bernd and Hilla Becher
  • 'Kühltürme' (Cooling Towers) (2 works), 1965-67
  • Silver prints
  • Each sheet approx. 40 x 30 cm (15¾ x 11¾ in.)
Two silver prints, each signed and dated in black ink by Bernd Becher in the lower right corner. With the artist's copyright stamp on the verso. Mounted and framed. 


Acquired directly from the Artists, circa 1968
Sotheby's, London, Contemporary Art, Evening, 23 June 2004, lot 18


B. and H. Becher, Anonyme Skulpturen: Eine Typologie Technischer Bauten, Art Press, 1970, pp. 23, 44, 58
T. de Duve, Bernd & Hilla Becher: Basic Forms, teNeues, 1999, cover and pl. 8
Bernd & Hilla Becher: Typologien Industrieller Bauten, Schirmer/Mosel, 2003, pls. 20, 23
Bernd & Hilla Becher: Basic Forms of Industrial Buildings, Thames & Hudson, 2005, p. 33
S. Lange, Bernd and Hilla Becher: Life and Work, MIT, 2007, p. 163, pl. 4

Catalogue Note

The Becher's architecture of industrialisation was captured in a rigorous and formalist manner that defined a new style in photography. While in the process of cataloguing these buildings, they discovered a new approach to beauty. Buried behind the apparent unattractiveness of such monuments, the use of repetition in their typologies allowed the viewer to find beauty in the details of each piece through the functionality of industrial design.