Henri Cartier Bresson, again… at Musée Carnavalet this time

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It is a coïncidence that two large exhibitions of photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson are taking place at the same time. I already mentioned the clever one at BNF where four curators have chosen a selection in the same body of 354 works. This one at Musée Carnavalet, the Historical museum of the city of Paris, is organized with Fondation Henri Cartier … Read More

Five curators for Henri Cartier Bresson at BNF

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The new exhibition of Henri Cartier Bresson’s photographs at Bibiothèque Nationale de France is a unique experience which was rehearsed at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice, last fall. Some five years ago, François Pinault, whose Foundation has recently opened in Paris at Bourse du Commerce, bought a bulk of 385 photographs by HCB to help the HCB foundation move to its … Read More

Prix Bob Calle for Livre d’artiste is celebrated at Beaux Arts de Paris and at Centre Pompidou

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Bob Calle would be happy today. Six years after he left us on April 6, 2015, this oncologist turned art lover and creator of the Carré d’Art in Nîmes, is celebrated through a third Prize for Artists’ books conceived with and organised by his widow Laurence Dumaine Calle. The selecting committee, made of 15 experts who come from all over Europe, … Read More

Ilse Bing, a poetic photographer at Karsten Greve.

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The corner gallery Karsten Greve always has interesting photo exhibitions and Ilse Bing‘s works 1928-1935, are no exception. Shot in Frankfurt and Paris by the German artist (1899-1998), nicknamed the “Queen of the Leica”, these pictures show the research made by this self taught photographer who privileged spontaneity for her photojournalism. When she moves to Paris in 1930, Ilse Bing … Read More

Musée Carnavalet has great surprises after a four year renovation.

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Musée Carnavalet has been closed for four years but it was worth waiting and spending 58 million € under the supervision of Chatillon architects. Nathalie Crinière was in charge of the museography. Valérie Guillaume, its director since 2013, introduced our visit with a very politically correct speech on the importance of caring to young visitors and on the increase of exhibition … Read More

Exhibitions to look forward to…

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If the rush into museums is the same as the one into English pubs when they reopened, we better book our tickets! Here are a few exhibitions that I want to visit urgently. MuCEM in Marseille where an exhibition of photographs “Civilization, quelle époque!” curated by Holly Roussell and William A. Ewing, includes 130 International photographers and has just arrived … Read More

Amos Gitaï and Yitzhak Rabin, a 25 year long story

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It was incredibly poignant to meet film director Amos Gitaï at Bibliothèque Nationale de France this week. A small group of journalists were invited to visit the new exhibition of his archives on Yitzhak Rabin‘s assassination on November 4, 1995. Films, interviews, a play and a book, and numeric archives, the result of 25 years of research, are being bequeathed by … Read More

Aurore Bagarry, an explorer with an eye

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You will not see any water in these pictures of rocks and cliffs shot by Aurore Bagarry in Brittany, Normandy, Devon and Cornwall. After shooting glaciers and mountains for six years (because members of her family were mountaineers in Haute Savoie) she is now concentrating on the erosion by the sea, since her husband moved to Saint Brieuc for work. … Read More