Bernd and Hilla Becher, 1972

Artist portraits

Artist Portraits, Photographs, Amsterdam Paris Düsseldorf. Exhibition records. A0003. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York

In 1972, the Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition Amsterdam Paris Düsseldorf featured young talent from three of Europe’s vital art centers: Amsterdam, Paris, and Düsseldorf. Artists were selected by curators who knew the talent best: Frits Keers, curator of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; Blaise Gautier, director of Centre National d’Art Contemporain in Paris; and Jürgen Harten, director of the Städtische Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf.

Included in the young talent selections were several artists who are now well known: Christian Boltanski, Joseph Beuys, Dieter Rot, and Bernd and Hilla Becher. The Bechers are shown above in photographs from 1972 that were sent to the Museum for publicity. Seven of their photographs from Typology of Technical Constructions (1965–1972) were exhibited in Amsterdam Paris Düsseldorf, which was one of the first showings their work in the United States.