L’âge d’or de la photographie albanaise — La dynastie Marubi et les rhapsodes de lumière 1858-1945

Exhibition

Photography

L’âge d’or de la photographie albanaise
La dynastie Marubi et les rhapsodes de lumière 1858-1945

Past: October 5, 2011 → January 8, 2012

Although Albania does not loom large in the history of world photography, it has a photographic heritage that is unique in the Balkans and which, until today, has been all but ignored both in the country itself and abroad.

This exhibition presents a century of outstanding and evocative pictures from a European country that has been exposed by the winds of history to eastern influences from the Ottoman empire. It features portraits of heroes or unnamed figures, studio compositions, landscapes, Christian and Muslim funerals, and scenes of daily life.

Albania, one of the toughest totalitarian regimes for almost half a century, is also the historic home of the aoidos or bards, wandering storytellers with inexhaustible memories whose origin goes back to the time of Homer. Worthy successors of these poets, the first Albanian photographers, rhapsodists of light, use pictures to tell the story of a world where history jostles with legend.

Curated by Loïc Chauvin and Christian Raby

04 Beaubourg Zoom in 04 Beaubourg Zoom out

5-7, rue de Fourcy


75004 Paris

T. 01 44 78 75 00 — F. 01 44 78 75 15

www.mep-fr.org

Pont Marie
Saint-Paul

Opening hours

Wednesday – Sunday, 11 AM – 8 PM
Fermeture les 25 décembre et 1er janvier (fermeture des expositions à 17h les 24 et 31 décembre)

Admission fee

Full rate €8.00 — Concessions €4,50

Gratuit aux moins de 8 ans, personne handicapée, personnel de la Ville, carte presse et les mercredis entre 17 et 20h

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The artist

  • Vangjush Mio