Close combat: History(ies) of Photography Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris from September 6, 2023, to March 25, 2024
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Close combat: The soul of photography revealed
The universe of photography unfolds from a new perspective through the captivating exhibition Close combat, History(ies) of Photography, which will illuminate the hearts of visual art enthusiasts from September 6, 2023, to March 25, 2024. Presented in Gallery 2, Level 6, this masterful exhibition brings together over five hundred photographs and documents from the archives of around one hundred and twenty photographers, whether historical or contemporary.
Organized in partnership between the National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, and the private collection of the famous collector and filmmaker Marin Karmitz, "Close combat" transcends traditional categories of photography. It plunges the viewer into a journey through time and space, revealing common obsessions, unique ways of seeing, and fascinating correspondences between the artists.
The exhibition defies conventions by exploring the subtleties of photographic representation. It transcends the limits of classical categories such as "portrait," "self-portrait," "nude," or even so-called "humanistic" photography. Instead, it focuses on how artists approach their subjects and develop a distinctive style.
As you explore the exhibited works, a central question emerges: what is the photographer's responsibility in creating identities and their visibility? Each displayed image tells a story, explores individualities, and examines human relationships. Photographers, whether famous or unknown, reveal themselves as critical observers of our world, documenting societal transformations and shifts in self-perception.
"Close combat" invites you to dive into a kaleidoscope of emotions, reflections, and inquiries. You will discover how photography, by capturing fleeting moments of human life, can illuminate the deepest aspects of our existence. The exhibited works echo different eras, diverse artistic movements, and demonstrate how photography has evolved over decades to become a mirror of our perpetually changing humanity.
The exhibition is open to the public from September 6, 2023, to March 25, 2024. The hours are generous, with opening times from 11 am to 9 pm from Monday to Sunday, and extended to 11 pm on Thursdays. Please note that the gallery is closed on Tuesdays, providing visitors with six days a week to explore this unique collection.
To fully enjoy this immersive experience, reservation is highly recommended. Tickets are priced at €17, offering privileged access to this exceptional gathering of photographic art.
"Close combat, History(ies) of Photography" is more than just an exhibition; it is an invitation to contemplate our world through the lens of generations of talented photographers. It is an exploration of the mysteries of the human soul, captured and immortalized by the art of photography. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the unique visions that have shaped our perception of the modern world.
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