Matthias Hoch.Silver Tower
Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg
21 January – 23 March 2014
In his project “Silver Tower”, the photographer Matthias Hoch depicts a previously unknown view of the Dresdner Bank skyscraper that, at 166 metres, was the highest building in Germany in 1978. The artist’s photographs now being exhibited in Magdeburg document the traces left behind by the removal of the Silver Tower in 2009.
Hoch became known for his picture series “Bahnhöfe” [railway stations] whose colour photographs were taken in various towns of the former GDR. In his current photo series he illustrates the rebuilding phase of the former Dresdner Bank headquarters between 2009 and 2011, and reveals deserted remnants - empty rooms, detached heating covers, abandoned chairs, twisted telephone cables and damaged safe doors - the end of an era.
The photographer will be present at the opening of the exhibition on 9 January at 3 p.m. Introductory speeches will be given by the director of the museum, Annegret Laabs, and by Harald Kunde, the director of the Kurhaus Kleve museum.
An exhibition catalogue will be published with 45 photographs, and articles by Harald Kunde, Andreas Maier and Markus Weisbeck.