The Pencil of Culture


  • © Centre Pompidou

    Public collection

    10 years of acquisitions from the Centre Pompidou

    Exhibition curators: Clément Chéroux - Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska

    The photography collection of the Centre Pompidou, comprised of 40,000 prints, is currently one of the most important in Europe.

    The collection is one of the rare ensembles in the world to present a complete history of modern and contemporary photography, most notably photography between 1920 and 1930 with the works of Man Ray, Brassaï, Brancusi and the New Vision and Surrealist mouvements. For the 20th edition of Paris Photo, the Center Pompidou presents a selection of a hundred works illustrating the most remarkable moments of the last 10 years of its photographic acquisitions.

    Borrowing its title from the first book on the history of photography, "The Pencil of Nature", published by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1844, this presentation shows, with more than forty artists, that the photographic image is not just a reproduction of nature, but a marker of culture. Presented artists: Richard AVEDON, Anne COLLIER, Valérie BELIN, BRASSAÏ, Miklós ERDELY, Andreas GURSKY, Germaine KRULL, Sherrie LEVIN, René MAGRITTE, Marc RIBOUD, August SANDER, Allan SEKULA, Alina SZAPOCZNIKOW, Maurice TABARD, Wolfgang TILLMANS, Etienne Léopold LÉOPOLD, Jeff WALL…

    Presented by J.P.Morgan

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