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Josef Koudelka. Ruins

90 min visit

François Mitterand Library - BNF
15 Sep → 11 Dec 2020
Tue to Sat from 9 am to 8 pm. Mon from 2 pm to 8 pm. Sun from 1 pm to 7 pm.

« A work both documentary and artistic that will make you discover the beauty of the ruins. »

It is difficult not to be stunned by the grandeur of Josef Koudelka's pictures. A true lover of archaeology who has become the reference in terms of photographs of remains. His signature? Black and white ruins panoramas. For more than thirty years, he criss-crossed the Mediterranean to reveal the beauty of forgotten landscapes. This exhibition presents a new series, the result of a long-term work: nineteen countries photographed for one hundred and ten prints exposed and one hundred and seventy donated to the BnF. From Algeria to Turkey via France, all the high places of the cradle of our civilization are immortalized. Koudelka's innovative vision reveals chaotic landscapes. Both archives and works of art, these photographs are proof of the transformation of monuments by time, nature, man and History. Diving, counter-dive, faraway views or close-ups... Everything is calculated! The goal is to immortalize a landscape in constant evolution, yet already partially destroyed, or even totally as in Palmyra. The beauty of the ruins lies precisely in the fact that they resist time.


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