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Author: Candida Höfer; Umberto Eco
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Nobody photographs libraries, those splendid and intimate cathedrals of knowledge, as beautifully as Candida Hofer. Her photographs are sober and restrained in feel - the atmosphere is disturbed by neither visitors nor users, especially as she forgoes any staging of the locations. The emptiness is imbued with substance by a subtle attention to colour, and the prevailing silence instilled with a metaphysical quality  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Named Person: Candida Höfer; Candida Höfer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Candida Höfer; Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0500543143 9780500543146
OCLC Number: 61176536
Notes: "Text by Umberto Eco translated from the Italian, De Bibliotheca, by Alastair McEwen. First published in: Eco, Umberto. Sette anni di desiderio. Milan : Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri-Bompari, Sonzogno, Etas S.p.A., 1983"--Colophon.
Description: 271 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 31 cm
Contents: Austria: Kloster Mehrerau, Bregenz; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz; University Library, Universitat fur angewandte Kunst Wien, Vienna China: Sou Du Bo Wu Guan Library, Beijing Denmark: Royal Library, Copenhagen; University Library,Copenhagen Finland: University Library,Helsinki France: Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris; Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve, Paris; BNF, Paris Germany: Albertinum, Dresden; Alvar Aalto-Kulturhaus, Wolfsburg; Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek, Berlin; Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin; Deutsche Bubliothek, Frankfurt am Main; Deutsche Bucherei, Leipzig; Deutsches Musikarchiv, Berlin; Deutsches Patent- adn Markenamt, Berlin; Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, Weimar; Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen; Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden; Max-Planck Institut fur Wissenschaftsgeschichte,Berlin;SachsischesStaatsarchiv,Dresden;WarburgBibliothek,Hamburg Great Britain: Bantry House, Bantry; British Library, London; Lay Society Library, London; Marx Memorial Library, London; Playfair Library Hall, Univerity of Edinburgh; RIBA, London Italy: Biblioteca Angelica, Rome; Biblioteca Cappuccini Redentore Giudeca, Venice; Biblioteca Hertziana, Rome; Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice; Biblioteca Seminario Patriarcale, Venice; Escuela de Arquitectura de Venezia, Venice; San Lazzarro degli Armeni San Lazzaro, Venice Norway: Deichmanske Library, Oslo; University Library, Oslo Spain: Biblioteca Pedro Salinas, Madrid; Biblioteca PHE, Madrid; Biblioteca Salamanca, Salamanca; Biblioteca tel MNCARS, Madrid; El Escorial Switzerland: Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft, Basel; Frey- Frynaeisches Institut, Basel; Naturhistorisches Museum, St Gallen; OEffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel; Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel; Staatsarchive Basel-Stadt, Basel; Swiss Re, Ruschlikon USA: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven; Brooklyn Public Library; Frick Art Reference Library, New York; Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge; Hispanic Society of America, New York; Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach; Los Angeles Public Library; MOCA, Los Angeles; New York Public Library; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Widener Library Harvard University, Cambridege
Responsibility: Candida Höfer ; introduction by Umberto Eco.

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Contains Candida Hofer's famously ascetic images of the Escorial in Spain, the Whitney Museum and the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, Villa Medici in Rome and the Hamburg University Library,  Read more...

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