Bunkers, fakes and landscapes: Boris Becker (yes, the other one) in Antwerp

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You’ll have to use your imagination for this one. Take a good look at these pictures. Then start pushing that ‘enlarge’-button in your mind a few times. Because Boris Becker‘s pictures are huge: 200 x 160 cm, at least. Visiting his retrospective Photographs 1984-2009 at Antwerp’s FotoMuseum (on view till January 16) means that you’ll find yourself walking amongst gigantic, often brightly coloured pictures. This is the first exhibition in Belgium of this photographer who is considered to be one of Germany’s bright talents. His pictures (mostly in series: Bunkers, Fakes, Landscapes, Constructions…) are often linked to the work of German photographers such as Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte and Thomas Struth, and the so-called school of Bernd and Hilla Becher. His rather distant, restrained style is not completely my thing. But: always good to discover the work of a noted artist. For a short video about Boris Becker’s work (and no: he’s not the former professional tennis player) and an interview, click here. (photos: courtesy FotoMuseum)


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