Candida Höfer is known for capturing some of the most majestic, ornate interior spaces, resplendent with institutional history, yet completely devoid of human trace. This present lot depicts the German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig, Germany. This museum is the world’s oldest library of its kind: entirely dedicated to the human history of accumulating and sharing knowledge in the form of writing, books, and printed material. There is not a soul in sight, yet the work is replete with psychological remains; the empty rows of desks, lights, and books lining the magnificent room evoke a sense of purpose and utility. As a former student of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Höfer has set out to create a visual and rigorous typology of public interior and exterior spaces including zoos, libraries, museums, and more found across Europe. Höfer’s work is held in renowned private and public collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Centro de Art Reina Sofia, Madrid and more.