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Candida Höfer receives the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2024 – Akademie der Künste | 14.09.-24.11.2024

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Cologne-based photographer Candida Höfer has been awarded the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2024. To mark the award ceremony, the Akademie der Künste is staging an exhibition at Pariser Platz with current works by Candida Höfer dedicated to historical buildings in Berlin and Weimar.

Image above: Candida Höfer, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin IV, 2021 Copyright: Candida Höfer / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024

With this award, the Akademie der Künste honours one of the world’s most recognized German photographers. Candida Höfer’s oeuvre, which has grown over five decades, ranks among the photographic avant-garde of the present day. Her large-format works show public and semi-public spaces in prominent historical libraries, museums and opera houses – places of encounter, communication, memory and knowledge, but also of relaxation and recreation. The artist herself describes her works not as architectural photographs, but as portraits of spaces.
The prize will be awarded to the artist on September 13, 2024 by Academy President Manos Tsangaris, with Matthias Sauerbruch, member of the Architecture Section, delivering the laudatory speech.

Candida Höfer, Neues Museum Weimar I, 2006 Copyright: Candida Höfer / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024

About Candida Höfer
Candida Höfer, born in Eberswalde in 1944, lives in Cologne. After a traineeship, initial studies with Arno Jansen at the Cologne Werkschulen and photographic practice in Hamburg, Ole John accepted her into the film class at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in 1973, after which she moved to Bernd Becher. In 2002 she exhibited at documenta11 in Kassel, in 2003 she represented Germany at the 50th Venice Biennale, alongside Martin Kippenberger [posthumously]. In 2015 she received the Cologne Fine Art Prize, in 2018 the “Outstanding Contribution to Photography” award from the Sony World Photography Awards and in 2020 the “Homage” award from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Her works can be found in numerous public and private collections in Germany and abroad.

As part of the Berlin Art Week.


Exhibition dates: Saturday,14.September – Sunday,24.November 2024

Opening: Friday,13.September 2024,18 Uhr, Free entry

Opening hours: Tuesday- Friday,2pm – 7pm, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 11am – 7pm


Akademie der Künste
Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin


€10/7,free up to 18 years, Tuesdays and every first Sunday of the month

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