In the studio - The artist photographed from Ingres to Jeff Koons

Exhibition at the Petit Palais from April 5 to July 17, 2016

Ever since the invention of photography in the 19th century, artists’ studios have fascinated photographers. Documenting interiors and making portraits of popular artists, focusing on the creative act itself or seeing the studio as a metaphor for the birth of images … photography has always penetrated and explored these spaces where the work of art is produced.
In the studio - The artist photographed from Ingres to Jeff Koons: this is the first exhibition ever to focus on photographs of the studio on such a large scale and in such an extraordinary way.
The exhibition questions the persistence of a fascination by over 400 photographs bringing visitors as close as possible to the creative process, via images of the studios of Ingres, Picasso, Matisse, Bourdelle, Zadkine and Brancusi as well as of those of Joan Mitchell, Miquel Barceló and Jeff Koons.
Among them are displayed 50 vintage prints of the Roger-Viollet collections from mid-19th century to the Thirties.

The exhibition focuses on these aspects via three major themes: The Artist Enthroned, Life in the Studio and The Studio as Workshop for the Eye.

An interactive program inviting visitors to create an on-line exhibition. Visitors can act as curators, choosing other photographs they would have liked to see included, and the most popular choices will be used for a virtual exhibition on the website of the Petit Palais.

Curators:
Delphine Desveaux: director of the Roger-Viollet collection, Parisienne de Photographie,
Susana Gállego Cuesta: curator of the Petit Palais photography collection,
Françoise Reynaud: curator of the Musée Carnavalet photography collection.

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