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Masterworks of Modern Photography from MoMAThe Thomas Walther Collection

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The portfolio of the exhibition at the Jeu de Paume: a panorama of the visual inventions of the photographic avant-gardes, in the heart of MoMA's modern photography collection.
In 2001 and 2017, The Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired more than 350 photographs from the collector Thomas Walther. This collection, which is now one of the pillars of MoMA's modern collection, is presented for the first time in France in an exhibition of some 230 images, documented in this publication.
Comprising iconic works from the first half of the twentieth century, the exhibition provides a history of the European and American photographic avant-gardes. Through the works of a hundred or so photographers, from Berenice Abbott to Karl Blossfeldt, from Claude Cahun to El Lissitzky, from Edward Weston to André Kertész, this fusion of masterpieces and lesser-known images traces the history of modernity in photography. Mixing genres and approaches—architecture and urban landscapes, portraits and nudes, reportage, photomontage, experimentation, etc.—the exhibition delves deep into the artistic networks of the inter-war period, from the Bauhaus to Surrealist Paris, via Moscow and New York.
In their visually radical inventiveness, these images capture perfectly the utopian spirit of those who wanted to change images in order to change the world; now we fully understand the words of the photographer and theoretician Lázló Moholy-Nagy who, a century ago, stated that "the illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the camera and the pen alike."
Works by John Gutmann, Kate Steinitz, Alexandre Rodtchenko, Willi Ruge, Martin Munkácsi, Wanda Wulz, El Lissitzky, Hans Finsler, Franz Roh, Oskar Nerlinger, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, Raoul Hausmann, Florence Henri, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Lotte Jacobi, František Vobecký, Atelier Stone (Cami Stone & Sasha Stone), August Sander, André Kertész, Georg Muche, Lotte (Charlotte) Beese, Aurel Bauh, Herbert Bayer, Maurice Tabard, Max Burchartz, Claude Cahun, Aenne Biermann, Elfriede Stegemeyer, Umbo, Walker Evans, Alexandre Rodtchenko, Brassaï, László Moholy-Nagy, Ilse Bing, J. Jay Hirz, Berenice Abbott, Paul Citroen, Germaine Krull, Edward Weston, Anne W. Brigman, Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Jaromír Funke, Bernard Shea Horne, Karl Blossfeldt.

Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the Jeu de Paume, Paris, from September 13, 2021 to January 30, 2022.
Texts by Lee Ann Daffner, Maria Morris Hambourg, Ève Lepaon, Flavio Rugarli, Cécile Tourneur.
 
published in September 2021
bilingual edition (English / French)
22 x 31 cm (softcover)
56 pages (47 color & b/w ill.)
 
9.50
 
ISBN : 978-2-915704-93-8
EAN : 9782915704938
 
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