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Lucien and Rodolphe Hervé. One-on-one

45 min visit

Paris
Maubert Gallery
3 Dec → 30 Jan 2021
From Tuesday to Saturday from 1 pm to 7 pm. Closed Monday and Sunday.

« Discover a touching face-to-face between a father and his son »

Organised by Judith Elkan Hervé, this exhibition was first opened at the Várfok Gallery in Budapest in 2019. It is sponsored by the Hungarian National Cultural Fund and appears in the official programme of the Budapest Photo Festival. Judith Elkan Hervé has been fighting since the beginning for international recognition of the work of her husband and son, both of whom have sadly passed away. Lucien Hervé was born in 1910 in Hungary. He moved to Paris in 1927 where he lived his whole life and where he began photography in the late 1930s. In 1949 he met Le Corbusier and became his "official photographer" until 1965. The construction of his images by light and shadow attracted the attention of other famous architects : Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Pier Luigi Nervi, Richard Neutra, Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Prouvé... As for Rodolphe Hervé, he lived all his life in his native country and was very active on the artistic activist scene. The 1990s in Europe were a major turning point: new generations have been searching for their identity since the fall of the Berlin Wall. To achieve this, many artists are going against the rules imposed by the government on artists. Rodolphe Hervé is a rebel and manages, using all media, to express himself as he wishes. But photography remains by far the best means of transmitting his entire thought. His photographs oscillate between violence and tenderness, lyricism and drama. For this exhibition, the photographs of the father and his son are presented in the form of diptychs. Their works are different from each other, yet they are similar: they share the same ideas, dare particular framing and adopt an ironic tone; Rodolphe's colourful pictures complement those of his father, black and white.

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