past exhibitions


Manuel Álvarez Bravo. A Photographer on the Watch (1902-2002)

Getting away from the stereotypes about exotic Surrealism and the folkloric vision of Mexican culture, this exhibition of work by Manuel Álvarez Bravo at Jeu de Paume offers a boldly contemporary view of this Mexican photographer.

The photographic work done by Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexico City, 1902-2002) over his eight decades of activity represent an essential contribution to Mexican culture in the 20th century. His strange and fascinating images have often been seen as the product of an exotic imagination or an eccentric version of the Surrealist avant-garde. This exhibition will go beyond such readings. While not denying the links with Surrealism and the clichés relating to Mexican culture, the selection of 150 photographs is designed to bring out a specific set of iconographic themes running through Álvarez Bravo’s practice: reflections and trompe-l’œil effects in the big city; prone bodies reduced to simple masses; volumes of fabric affording glimpses of bodies; minimalist, geometrically harmonious settings; ambiguous objects, etc.

Laura González Flores and Gerardo Mosquera

Exhibition coproduced by Jeu de Paume, Paris
with the collaboration of the Fundación Televisa, México
and the help of the Instituto Cultural de México
and of the Institut français d’Amérique Latine, Mexico.

In partnership with A Nous, De l'air, LCI, Stiletto, Fip.
Acknowledgement to La Maison de l'Amérique Latine, Paris.

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La buena fama durmiendo
(La Bonne Renommée endormie) / 1938
Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Épreuve gélatino-argentique tardive.
Collection Colette Urbajtel /
Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, s.c.
© Colette Urbajtel /
Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, s.c.