Friday, May 3, 2024

Exhibition at the Pompidou Museum - Corps á Corps

It's been several years since we've been to the Centre Pompidou, the modern and contemorary art museum in Paris and the largest museum of modern art in Europe.  The Centre Pompidou was the first major example of an "inside-out" building, with its structural, mechanical, and circulation systems exposed on the exterior of the building.

The Pompidou Museum is featuring an exhibition titled Corps á Corps (Body to Body) with more than 500 photographs and documents by 120 historical and contemporary photographers featuring photographic representations of the human race in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Approaching the museum

Arial view

As we ride the external escallators to the top, we get fabulous views across the rooftops of Paris.

Views across Paris

Riding the external escallators

We reach the top and enter the exhibition, starting with close-up views of faces, a subject which became popular in the early 20th century, using framing and the dramatic play of light and shadows to emphasize the images.


We then move to pictures taken in the style of photobooths, first installed in the US in the 1920s, then Europe.  The photographs play on photobooth norms:  facing the camera, anonymity, seriality, and other such characteristics.


The next displays focus on the interaction between photographer and subject, emphasizing how the camera captures a moment in the relationship between the two.


We then wander into "Fragments," focusing on partial views of parts of subject's bodies (hands, feet, eyes, ear, legs, ...).


The next room focuses on portraits, dramatic views of subjects.  The pictures tend to depict solitude, melancholy, or bodies in trance, speaking to something inaccessible beyond the frame. 


We end with a series of other interesting, uncategorized photographs and photograph collections.

Final views 

This has been quite interesting and a lot of fun to wander through and see the skill of the photographers and the images of the subjects.

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