Matthias Hoch comes from the strong tradition of architectural photography, a tradition as long as that of photography itself. Based in Leipzig, he has been exploring the ubiquitous formal language of modern European urban development. Through his images of buildings, interiors, exteriors and details he views the built object as social art, reflecting a concrete historical situation. Objects, be they buildings or office chairs, are observed precisely and with a keen sense of surface. The views he presents seem virtually impossible to localize. They document Hoch’s critical, analytical approach to the space around us, yet they also exhibit a distinctive sculptural quality.
Osaka #12, c-print, 40 x 60 cm framed 58 x 78 cm
Matthias Hoch (1958, Dresden, Germany) studied photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB, Academy of Visual Arts) in Leipzig. He has exhibited his work at the Kunstmuseum Madgeburg (2014), Fotomuseum Winterthur (2013), Gallery Nordenhake, Stockholm (2010), Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco (2008), AKINCI, Amsterdam (2008), Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (2006), Kunstverein Heilbronn (2005), Städtische Galerie Ravensburg (2002), Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg (2000). He participated in group exhibitions at Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (2008) and at George Eastman House, Rochester (2006). Hoch’s work is to be found in various collections, including Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg/Wien and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
November 2018 – April 2019