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Boris Becker: Bunker 1948–89
Boris Becker: Bunker 1948–89

Boris Becker: Bunker 1948–89

Cat. SK Stiftung Kultur Cologne and Saarlandmuseum Saarbrücken

PHOTOGRAPHY

272 Pages, 8.75 x 10.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $69.95 (US $69.95) (CA $93.95)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9783864422898

Rights: US & CA

Snoeck Publishing Company (Mar 2020)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: March 2020
 

Overview

As both an artist's book and an archive book, this publication also introduces an important and poignant theme of German history. On show are the most diverse types of bunkers, built in particular during World War II between 1940 and 1944. When he began his documentary project, the Cold War period was almost over, and the concrete buildings were no longer needed for civil defense purposes. Even more so than in the past, they appeared like outlandish and seemingly uncanny monsters within the cityscapes. "Nie wieder Krieg!" (no more war!), those are the words of a graffiti on one of the bunkers taken by Boris Becker. When ­looking at his factually registering photographic ­documents, we not only encounter unusually ­monstrous concrete buildings, but this specific topic also informs us about the extent of these ­construction activities during World War II. Boris Becker has photographed around 700 ­bunkers in more than 40 West German cities. Boris ­Becker based the series of works of the ­overground bunkers, so-called Hochbunker, on a ­method similar to the conceptual approach by artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. The comparability of the images is just as intentional as a neutral perspective and a detailed and authentic-adequate ­representation of the building. The volume at hand allows an ­exemplary look at a theme that was worked out in the circle of the so-called Becher School and for Boris Becker represented a significant starting point for his further work with the medium of photog­raphy. He has since focused on architecture, landscape, objects and still lifes as subjects of his attention, as well as the complex question of the reality beyond what is visually ­perceptible. Exhibition: Die Photographische Sammlung/ SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, and Saarlandmuseum – Moderne Galerie, Saarbrücken, 9/6/2019 – 2/9/2020

Reviews

The German magazine Der Spiegel wrote about Boris Becker he has the creative energy in his photo-making as formerly his namesake on the tennis court. But is the other guy today only in the yellow press, Boris Becker the photographer now receives the artist's award of the Dusseldorf artists in Dusseldorf.

Author Biography

Roland Augustin is art historian, curator, and lecturer at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte of the University of the Saarland. Gabriele Conrath-Scholl is director of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne. She curates and writes on topics of contemporary as well as historical artistic photographers positions.