February 23, 2005 - Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes - The proof in photography
February 23, 2005

The proof in photography

Rene-Jacques, Pigalle, 1947 (c) ADAGP Collection MAM de Saint Etienne   

“La photographie a l’epreuve” (The Proof in Photography): Photography in the context of modern and contemporary art

IAC Institut d’art Contemporain Villeurbanne-Lyon
10 rue Dr. Dolard
F-69100 Villeurbanne, France
Contact: Pierre Leone
+ 33 (0)4 78 03 47 72
p.leone [​at​] i-art-c.org


The Collections of the IAC-FRAC Rhone-Alpes and the Musee d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Metropole

Between February and May 2005, the Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne-Lyon, and the Musee d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne Metropole, in partnership, are presenting a large survey from their photographic collections (11 February – 22 May at the Iac Villeurbanne; 10 February – 10 April at the Musee d’Art Moderne Saint-Etienne).

The two exhibitions provide a historic survey of photographic production from its pioneering years to its actuality, each with a particular viewpoint: Martine Dancer, the exhibition curator at the Musee d’Art Moderne, presents the long development of photography as an artistic discipline in its own right, including also the dynamics of distribution of the photographic print (in magazines, artists’ books and portfolios). Dirk Snauwaert, who curates the exhibition at the IAC, looks at the dialectic, during the 1980s, of how contemporary photography reclaimed its own historical models and categories of avant-garde use of photography. This question was at the heart of the exhibition Another objectivity, which was co-curated by Jean-Francois Chevrier, who during those years collected most of the works that now make up the FRAC photographic collection.

The artists include Robert Adams, Appers, Dominique Auerbacher, Edouard Baldus, Claude Batho, Antoine Beato, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Bisson Freres, Blanc & Demilly, Christian Boltanski, Dirk Braeckman, Yves Bresson, Stuart Brisley, Bulloz, Jean-Marc Bustamente, Claire Chevrier, Larry Clark, Collard, Hannah Collins, John Coplans, Gabriel Cuallado, Jacques Damez, Mario De Biasi, Robert Doisneau, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Paul Facchetti, Patrick Faigenbaum, Marina Faust, Lee Friedlander, Paul-Armand Gette, Raoul Auguste Giraudon, Jan Groover, Kiuston Halle, Raoul Hausmann, Nigel Henderson, Craigie Horsfield, Vaclav Jiru, Ito Josue, Valerie Jouve, Peter Keetman, William Klein, Susanne Lafont, Manuel Laguillo, Helen Levitt, Jan Lukas, Marketa Luskacova, Chris Killip, Gaudenz Marconi, Margain & Muzet, Knut Maron, Achille Mauri, Robert McPherson, Christian Milovanoff, Minot & Gormezano, Nicolas Muller, J-L. Mylaine, Nadar, Carlo Naya & Otto Schoefft, Frederico Patellani, René-Jacques, Rajak Ohanian, Cas Oorthuys, Tony Ray-Jones, Thomas Ruff, August Sander, Jan Saudek, Rudolf Schäfer, Jean-Louis Schoellkopf, Allan Sekula, Giorgio Sommer, Thomas Struth, Larry Sultan, Elisabeth Sunday, Fiona Tan, Felix Thiollier, John Thomson, Patick Tosani, Jeff Wall, Wols, Piet Zwart…

These exhibitions will be accompanied by a book, and by a CD-ROM with texts on each photographer and each individual image. The comprehensive catalogues of both collections will be published online.

The IAC-FRAC Rhone-Alpes collection includes work by 194 artists. Out of a total of 615 photographs, 425 were acquired by Jean-François Chevrier, and these are on long term loan to the Musee d’Art Moderne in Saint-Etienne. The MAM collection itself comprises 1,752 photographs by 121 artists.

IAC Institut d’art Contemporain Villeurbanne-Lyon
10 rue Dr. Dolard
F-69100 Villeurbanne
Contact: Pierre Leone
+ 33 (0)4 78 03 47 72

MAM de Saint-Etienne Metropole
La Terrasse
42000 Saint Etienne
Contact : Bertrand Bouchut
+ 33 (0)4 77 49 98 25

The Institut d’art contemporain and the Musee d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Metropole, receives support from the French Ministere de la Culture, the Région Rhone-Alpes and the municipality of Villeurbanne.

Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes
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