The exhibition will focus on ten carefully selected works, never before seen in the UK.
The Hermitage Museum, Pushkin Palace, Catherine Palace Pushkin, Mariinsky Theatre, as well as the palaces of Pavlovsk and Yusupov theatre provide the glorious setting for this new series produced in the summer of 2014, closely following Höfer’s previous work in Central and Southern Italy. The empty interiors of palaces, opera houses, libraries and theatres, are part of the artist’s meticulous and skilful documentation of public spaces which have brought her widespread recognition. Through her lens, Höfer captures mankind’s greatness - extraordinary buildings and architecture associated with cultural memory and people - yet her spaces are consistently devoid of human presence. For her, ‘an absent guest is often the subject of a conversation’. Here the architecture takes centre stage, losing its attribute of public space, a space created for man, to become an idealised image that could not exist in the public sphere, a world where man has no place.