Forthcoming Exhibitions - Jeu de Paume

LES BOYADIJAN – Armenian photographers at Négus court
19 June – 2 September 2007
This exhibition, composed of photography, texts and objects, highlights the destiny of a single Armenian family, the Boyadijans. Testimonials from several generations describe the life of an Armenian community in twentieth century Ethiopia.
Despite being used in Africa relatively early, photography remained an essentially western tool until the Second World War. Before this period, we find very few African photographers. However, several foreign photographers worked in Ethiopia from the 1860s onwards, when the British soldiers introduced the medium to the Horn of Africa. Italians such as the architect Giacomo Naretti, and the writer Hénon, also practiced photography in Ethiopia. It wasn’t until 1905, however, that the first professional photographer settled in Addis-Ababa.
Of Armenian origin, Bedros Boyadijan became one of the photographers at the court of Ménélik. His sons, Haigaz and Tony, succeeded him. Tony Boyadijan became the photographer of the court of Ras Tafari, the future empreror Hailé Selassié, at the end of the 1920s. He is thus responsible for several of the official photographs of the Ethiopian sovereign.

PIERRE et GILLES – double je, 1976 -2007
26 June-23 September 2007
This exhibition presents a selection of 120 works realised between 1976 and 2007. Pierre and Gilles’ style met great success from 1976, at the start of their collaboration. Their photographs, worked over in paint, are unique works, inspired by pop, mythological, burlesque, erotic and religious iconography. The artists explore and reinvent popular images without boundaries; their gaze irrigates the collective imagination beyond the limits of contemporary art. Their personal pantheon convokes the stars of rock, fashion, art and cinema as much as the anonymous figures of life’s meetings. Each image tells a story with the effectiveness and often cruel tenderness of a child’s fairytale.

18 September-18 November 2007
This exhibition re-examines the work of Roger Parry, of which the different stages have as common denominator the practice of editing. It is through this angle that we can better understand the evolution of his photographic practice.

EDWARD STEICHEN, une épopée photographique
9 October-30 December 2007
This exhibition is the first European retrospective of the work of Edward Steichen, organised around 450 photographs and various documents. Steichen (1879-1973) is one of the most prolific and influential photographers of the twentieth century.
He has worked in portraits, landscapes, still life, nudes, and exercised his photographic talents in the areas of fashion, dance, theatre, advertisement, war, and aerial photography.
He participates, with Alfred Stieglitz, in the creation of the group Photo-Secession, and the publication Camera Work. In 1923, seduced by his pictorial photographs, Condé Nast bestowed upon him the title of artistic director of Vogue and Vanity Fair. He also served as photographic curator at MoMA, and the exhibition The Family of Man, which he organised in 1955 and attracted more than 11 million visitors, proved to be the highlight of his exceptional career.

4 December 2007-3 February 2008
The Jeu de Paume has invited a great personality of European photography, Ute Eskildsen, curator of the Museum Folkwang, Essen, to revisit the Mediatheque’s photography collection of Architecture and patrimony to establish a dialogue between these works and the collection for which she is responsible for in Germany.

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