December 19, 2007

Paris in full colours
...from the Lumière Bros. to Martin Parr at the Hôtel de Ville de Paris 'til March 31th, 2008

On the occasion of the centenary of the Autochrome, the first industrial process for color photography invented and commercialized by the Lumiere brothers, the exhibition "Paris in full colours" reveals to the public 300 photographs of the capital. Taken between 1907 and today, these color images are mostly the work of great photographers.

Artistic witnesses of the city transformation (signs, walls, posters, decoration, urban furniture, transportation, buildings), they (re)draw at the same time the adventure of color photography.
The Paris as drawn, negative of the famed black and white Paris snapshots, is a twentieth-century Paris, lively and colorful.

The first part of the exhibit (1907-1930), devoted to the Paris autochromes plaques, reveals fifty images extracted from the "Archives of the Planet", vast collection sponsored by the banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn, as well as short films colors from 1929.

In the second part (1930-1960), dedicated to the beginnings of color photography on film, are exposed both the original prints of Gisèle Freund, testimony from the Exposition Internationale des Arts et techniques 1937 and startling images of the everyday life in Paris during the W.W. 2 Paris occupation and the liberation of Paris.

Finally, the third part (the late 60's to the present day), gives free rein to eyes focused on Paris by authors and artists using color. Bruno Barbey's May 1968 but also the work of Pierre et Gilles, Jean-Paul Goude, Sarah Moon, Martin Parr or Philippe Ramette. A section devoted to Paris fashion shows, highlights the role played by Vogue magazine and its famous photographers such as Henry Clarke, William Klein, Helmut Newton.

Paris in full colours (Paris en couleurs)...from the Lumière Bros. to Martin Parr
until March 31th, 2008

Hôtel de Ville de Paris
Salle Saint-Jean
5 rue Lobau
75004 Paris

Free entrance everyday but Sundays and bank holidays : 10am / 07pm

Expo « Paris en couleurs » à l'Hôtel de Ville


December 13, 2007

Photographies, New acquisitions 2003-2007
until January 07th, 2008 at the Pompidou center

The Centre Pompidou presents a selection of recent acquisitions of the Cabinet de la photographie. Over the last five years, 1,750 works by 250 artists have been added to the collection.

Commissaires / organisateurs:
Mnam/Cci - Quentin Bajac - Clément Cheroux

Photographs, New acquisitions, 2003-2007
Until January 7th, 2008
Museum Gallery - 11h00 - 21h00
10€, 8€

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris

every day from 11am to 10pm, except Tuesdays and May 1

Underground : Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville, Châtelet
RER trains : Châtelet /Les Halles
Buses : 21 / 29 / 38 / 47 / 58 / 69 / 70 / 72 / 74 / 75 / 76 / 81 / 85 / 96

Car park
Rue Beaubourg and Les Halles underpass entrances


December 12, 2007

RINEKE DIJKSTRA:"Park Portraits"
until January 19th,2008 at the Marian Goodman Gallerie

Reception Friday December 07th 2007, 06-08 pm at the Marian Goodman Gallerie

Following a fantastic traveling retrospective of her work, Rineke Dijkstra has recently unveiled her latest project - a new series of portraits of young people photographed, in city parks of the world, in which the artist's lens majestically captures life and the nuances of timeless rites of passage, and of identity, in medias res, an updated, modern album of magical woodland creatures. 'Park portraits', on show at the Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris, include images of schoolchildren and adolescents engaged in the rituals of their daily life, whether it be playing, socialising, resting, thinking, in city parks in Europe, China and the United States.

It's interesting that of all the portraits, varied as they are in focus and expression, not a single one is in what is known as a 'portrait' format. Using the lush framework of traditional landscape in a seemingly offhand manner echoes part of the sense of Dijkstra's latest images of youth - the natural and inevitable merging of two subjects, both personal and universal, which are in a state of constant change, and for which there is a longstanding artistic fascination to converse with and overturn. Writing about the park portraits in a Dutch daily newspaper during the time of the Stedelijk show, Kees Keijer wrote: 'Dijkstra let go of her former austerity and photographed four young people in Amsterdam during a "Dejeuner sur l'herbe anno 2005". Again the work is frontal, but now the pose is relaxed. The surroundings in Dijkstra's work used to be extremely sober; now, candy wrappings and empty soft drink bottles are lying about. A gaping rucksack zipper offers a nearly symbolic perspective on a different reality: one of homework, commitments and expectations for the future. But they don't want to think about that just now'.

The new body of work is slightly more playful than Dijkstra's previous, rather more austere series documenting the rites of passage of adolescence and childhood, from the 'Beach Portraits' of 1992, to the video installation 'Buzzclub/Mysterworld' (1996-1997), the 'Tiergarten Series' (1998-2000), 'Israeli soldiers' (1999-2000), and the single-subject portraits in serial transition: 'Almerisa' (1994-2005), 'Shany' (2001-2003) and 'Olivier' (2000-2003). In 'Park portraits', the portrait seems to shape the subject's possession of their own identity, now performing for us in a new, uncontrollable theatre of characters, safe in the comfort of their favorite spot.

Rineke Dijkstra. Park Portraits
December 07th,2007 to January 19th,2008

Marian Goodman Gallerie
79, rue du Temple
75003 Paris

Metro Rambuteau
Free entrance 18h-20h

T. 01 48 04 70 52


December 01, 2007

My Blueberry Nights prints from Darius Khondji for Wong Kar Wai
at colette until January 07th

From December 3rd until January 7th, exhibition at colette of high quality panoramic pictures made during spotting by Darius Khondji for the Wong Kar Wai movie My Blueberry Nights. Collector book edited by Xavier Barral premiering for sale at colette starting December 3rd 2007.

213 rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris
Tel: +33 1 55 35 33 90 - Fax: +33 1 55 35 33 99
Open from Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm.
Metro : Tuileries or Pyramides / Bus line 68 or 72

Galerie: - Tel: +33 1 55 35 33 97


November 30, 2007

Hedi Slimane /// Perfect Stranger
Until January 5th, 2008

It is not on a podium that the designer Hedi Slimane is making his come-back but at the Galerie Almine Rech in Paris with the exhibition "Hedi Slimane / / / Perfect Stranger."

This art project was originally commissioned by the MUSAC. The Leon's Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain asked the designer to create a set of multimedia documents on the 2007 edition of the Benicassim festival. This rock rendez-vous had gathered last July some of the biggest names in the international arena such as Iggy & The Stooges, Nouvelle Vague, Dinosaur Jr, Amy Winehouse, Cassius, Muse, Unklle ... "Hedi Slimane /// Perfect Stranger" is a video, sound and photography tour in the heart of this festival. An exhibition at MUSAC and a book will follow this first step in the Paris gallery.

Hedi Slimane /// Perfect Stranger
from Novembre 29th, 2007 to January 5th, 2008

Galerie Almine Rech
19, rue de Saintonge
75003 Paris

Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 07pm

Métro ; Art et métiers (ligne 3)
Fille du calvaire (ligne 8)
Bus : 96 (Arret Bretagne); 29 (arret rue vieille du temple)


November 27, 2007

Rodin and photography
Until March 2nd, 2008 at Musée Rodin

Luck would have it that Rodin was born one year after photography. While he pursued his career as a sculptor, this new reproduction technique experienced what was probably its most fertile and inventive years. The artist was by no means oblivious to the practical and aesthetic appeal of this new medium, and the approximately 7,000 pictures he amassed between 1879 and 1917 illustrate both his own story and the history of photography.

Photography has opened for us the doors of his studio, which lay at the heart of his creation during the 1880s. This is where lumps of clay took shape, The Burghers of Calais were modelled naked before being clothed, and The Gates of Hell covered with a multitude of figures. Rodin started by hiring unknown photographers from the neighbourhood, Bodmer, Pannelier and Freuler who, unlike him, remained in the shadows. And then the clay figures were transformed into plaster, bronze and marble, and the studio became increasingly crowded. By the end of the 1890s, Rodin was an artist recognised by both his peers and the general public. Eugène Druet, an amateur photographer, followed by Jacques-Ernest Bulloz, became his official photographers, each one in his own manner following Rodin’s precise instructions.

Your photographs will make people understand my Balzac
A.Rodin to E. Steichen

This evolution in the role and place of photography in the sculpted work of Rodin is an accurate reflection of what happened in the early 20th century: photography was viewed under a different angle so that it gradually attained the status of an artwork.

This large-scale exhibition, devoted to the photographic collection of the Rodin Museum, will present 200 photographs for the first time since the Salon des Pictorialistes held in 1993. A catalogue, jointly published by the Rodin Museum and Gallimard, will accompany the exhibition.

Exhibition from 14th November 2007 to 2nd March 2008

Musée Rodin
79, rue de Varenne
75007 Paris

Metro Varenne (line 13)

Opening hours: 9.30am-4.45pm every day except Mondays.
Closed 25th December and 1st January
Admission price: Adults 6 euros, concession 4 euros.
Combined exhibition + permanent collection ticket + garden: 9€, concession: 6€


November 23, 2007

City and transparencies - Adrienne Arth photographies
From November 24th to December 15th, 2007 at Tampon-Ramier

In the exhibition "City and transparencies" Adrienne Arth is going even further than usual in her stagging of the real world. Here, it's the movement and the race, the mass and the colour that are captured.

Legs, feet, bodies, faces, stolen moves on a metro exit, in a building reflection, in a train... We're witnessing a dislocation, a ripping of the reality. A sudden roar burst, a town is appearing: Paris, scarefied with humans, lives, traces... Photographs becomes a game of matters and shapes of many layers. The human being becomes a shape in space, a fulcrum where the eye stops and bounce back. In her work, the abstraction look is dominating, but also a definitive modern approach and a more radical photogrphic aesthetic.

City and transparencies - Adrienne Arth photographies
From November 24th to December 15th, 2007

L’Atelier Tampon-Ramier
14, rue Jules Vallès
75011 Paris
Tel : 0143735346

Free entrance


Mirror, mirror on the wall...
from november 19th to december 2nd, 2007 at the Galerie du Lucernaire

This exhibition is presented by the galerie du Lucernaire within the « Le 6ème, ateliers d’artistes » open doors week in Paris.

3 photographers…
Paul Muse is born in England in 1960. Photographer since he is eleven year old. After some litterature, Photo and cinema studies, he briefly worked in advertising before leaving the country for a two year stay in Sudan, then Portugal for 3 years. Moving to Paris in 1990, he since devoted himself to street photography and published his first solo exhibition in 1996. Since the summer of 2006, he works on the "Today" project, a daily newspaper in pictures and words, published on his website.

Frances Ryan settled down in Paris after years spent wandering around the world. It is only when she discovered the work of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston she decided to work exclusively in black and white. She runs through Paris, her city of adoption, to share with us the hidden secrets and her personnal vision of the city.

After studying Spanish litterature and Art History in Madrid and Paris, Laurence Toussaint worked for about 10 years at the contemporary art library Artcurial. Passionate for photography, she specialized in gardens and landscape and illustrate books about the wonders of nature.

Mirror, mirror on the wall...
Photographies by Paul Muse, Frances Ryan, Laurence Toussaint
from november 19th to december 2nd, 2007

Galerie du Lucernaire
53, rue Notre Dame des Champs
75006 Paris
Free entrance (1st floor)
Monday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm
Sunday from 02pm to 10pm


Xavier Zimbardo. The apparitions' genius
from November 29th, 2007 to January 10th at the Albert Benamou Gallerie

Since he escaped, twenty years ago, the verb archipelago where his teaching profession restricted him in order to give full time to his role as image creator, Xavier Zimbardo reported from his vagabondages through continents and worlds a stunning collection of photographic works. Nothing to do with documentaries cliches, anecdotal, quaint or exotic pictures. Each of his images has to be seen as an apparition, where the share of imagination, random effects and the inspirationnal impromptu haunt the scope of reality.

Whether views, scenes, portraits, this flash from another world make the snapshot iridescent. The aim of the artist is not to duplicate what he technically has under the eyes, but to subjectively produce what makes, from the bottom of his eye to the abbyss of the hypothalamus, the singular illumination of the captured image. From the shoot to the impression, through work on negative or the screen every Zimbardo's work is as accomplished as a dance on your optic nerve. Always with a need to dive his focal, mental, libidinal objective beyond visible, inviting our gaze to bear on the side of the wandering soul of things, living and worlds. That earned him the title of shaman photographer.

Xavier Zimbardo. Le génie des apparitions (The apparitions' genius)
Exhibition from November 29th, 2007 to January 10th, 2008

Albert Benamou Gallerie
24, rue de Penthièvre
75008 Paris
Tel : 01 45 63 12 21
Fax : 01 45 63 22 11

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