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A black and white photolithograph of two industrial buildings and pipes.

The black and white photolithograph shows two industrial buildings. On the left is a section of a brick building with boarded up windows, the roofline angles down to the right. A large arched window on the right is partially obscured by a large vertical pipe that rises up to the second set of windows and turns in a ninety degree angle to the right and across the picture to the right. There is a large round valve handle near the base of the pipe. On the right side of the photograph is the front of a brick building with arched windows.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Bernd and Hilla Becher, German (active 1959 - 2007)
Bernd Becher, German (Siegen, Germany 1931 - 2007 Rostock, Germany)
Hilla Becher, German (Potsdam, Germany 1934 - 2015 Düsseldorf, Germany)
Coal Mine, Friederich der Grosse, Herne, Ruhr District, from the portfolio "Walls and Conduits"
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Walls and Conduits
Work Type
1978 (printed 1991)
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Physical Descriptions

Duotone offset photolithograph printed on coated white card
Duotone offset photolithograph
image: 40.2 x 30.4 cm (15 13/16 x 11 15/16 in.)
sheet: 63 x 50 cm (24 13/16 x 19 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: on verso in graphite at l.c.: Hilla Becher / Bernhard Becher
  • inscription: on verso, at l.l., graphite, in artist's hand: II
  • inscription: on verso, at l.r., graphite, in artist's hand: 29/100

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Francis H. Burr Memorial Fund
© Estate Bernd & Hilla Becher, represented by Max Becher, 2020
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Exhibition History

  • 32Q: 1100 60’s Experiment, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/23/2015 - 10/07/2015

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