332

The exhibit “After Eden,” currently at the Maison Rouge, is a fascinating exploration of paradises lost.

 

The exceptional collection of Artur Walther, the former banker who is passionate about contemporary photography, is now on display at the Maison Rouge.

332

 

At once concentrated and eclectic, “After Eden” regroups over 800 historic, contemporary and ethnographic photographs that present the world as a paradise lost.

 

Punctuated by various recurring themes—the countryside, portraiture, the city, identity, otherness—the exhibit turns the spectator into an explorer of deserted stretches of Africa (captured by David Goldblatt) or brute, menacing nature (the series As Terra do Fim do Mund by Jo Ractliffe). The relationship between man and these post-apocalyptic environments are foregrounded in the series Faces and Phases by the photographer and militant African Zanele Muholi; in photojournalistic works by Guy Tillim; and by Rotimi Fani-Kayodé’s representations of sexual and cultural transgressions in Nigeria. In this exhibit, contemporary African photography becomes a tool of activism and engagement.

 

This intense exploration, which brings us from Germany to America andAsia, examines the darker sides of human nature, the cause of mankind’s fall and our arrival in our current post-Eden. This is forcefully illustrated by the erotic images (by Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama) that close out the exhibit. Here man is a voyeur in perpetual search of transgression; a perverted Adam who will never reach salvation.

 

“After Eden,” the Walther collection, is at the Maison Rouge (10 Bd de la bastille, Paris XII) from October 17 to January 17, 2016.

 

By Chloë Fage

 

Every Moment Counts de Rotimi Fani-Kayode. 

Remains of the trench system de Jo Ractliffe.

Mai Mai Militia de Guy Tilim.

Sans-titre de Nobuyoshi Araki.

Untitled (1959-1960) de Seydou Keïta.

Courtesy of The Walther Collection and C.A.A.C – The Pigozzi Collection.

 

Autoportrait tiré de la série African Spirits de Samuel Fosso.

All about the exhibition of the month: Christian Dior, couturier du rêve
514

All about the exhibition of the month: Christian Dior, couturier du rêve

Exhibition Paris’s Musée des Arts décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of fashion house Dior with an exceptional retrospective. Over 300 dresses, countless documents, as well as paintings and other works that explore Christian Dior’s passion for the arts, come together to paint a multi-layered portrait of the man and his legacy. Numéro met the two curators of the show, fashion historian Florence Müller, and Olivier Gabet, director of the Musée des Arts décoratifs. Paris’s Musée des Arts décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of fashion house Dior with an exceptional retrospective. Over 300 dresses, countless documents, as well as paintings and other works that explore Christian Dior’s passion for the arts, come together to paint a multi-layered portrait of the man and his legacy. Numéro met the two curators of the show, fashion historian Florence Müller, and Olivier Gabet, director of the Musée des Arts décoratifs.

Exhibition of the month: Martin Margiela The Hermès Years
852

Exhibition of the month: Martin Margiela The Hermès Years

Fashion MoMu, the Antwerp fashion museum, is currently showing a major retrospective of Martin Margiela’s collections for Hermès, which highlight the enormous influence this iconoclastic designer had on the world of fashion, from the late 1990s right up until today. MoMu, the Antwerp fashion museum, is currently showing a major retrospective of Martin Margiela’s collections for Hermès, which highlight the enormous influence this iconoclastic designer had on the world of fashion, from the late 1990s right up until today.

The art diary of an undercover reporter, from La Borne to New York
566

The art diary of an undercover reporter, from La Borne to New York

Art Tommy Hilfinger’s auction sale, contemporary ceramics in the Berry, Hans Ulrich Obrist... Nicolas Trembley unveils his art diary. Tommy Hilfinger’s auction sale, contemporary ceramics in the Berry, Hans Ulrich Obrist... Nicolas Trembley unveils his art diary.

“Teller on Mapplethorpe”, Juergen Teller’s tribute exhibition to Robert Mapplethorpe
666

“Teller on Mapplethorpe”, Juergen Teller’s tribute exhibition to Robert Mapplethorpe

Photography In London the Alison Jacques Gallery pays homage to Robert Mapplethorpe with an exhibition curated by the brilliant Juergen Teller. The ideal opportunity to rediscover this photographic oeuvre in a new light… In London the Alison Jacques Gallery pays homage to Robert Mapplethorpe with an exhibition curated by the brilliant Juergen Teller. The ideal opportunity to rediscover this photographic oeuvre in a new light…

We met Maurizio Cattelan : “Is this interview our first analysis session ?”
365

We met Maurizio Cattelan : “Is this interview our first analysis session ?”

Art Five years after announcing his retirement, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is back at the Monnaie de Paris with a show that brings together his greatest masterpieces – many of which have been highly controversial. An encounter. Five years after announcing his retirement, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is back at the Monnaie de Paris with a show that brings together his greatest masterpieces – many of which have been highly controversial. An encounter.

Portfolio: Takeshi Murakami's exuberant pieces of art at the Galerie Perrotin
652

Portfolio: Takeshi Murakami's exuberant pieces of art at the Galerie Perrotin

Art The japanese star Murakami is once more taking up residence at the Galerie Perrotin with his new exhibition called “Learning the Magic of Painting”, from September 10th to December 23rd. The japanese star Murakami is once more taking up residence at the Galerie Perrotin with his new exhibition called “Learning the Magic of Painting”, from September 10th to December 23rd.