Robert Doisneau, La musique, Paris
5 February – 31 March 2021
Bunkamura THE MUSEUM
On the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, a couple kisses against the background of the Paris City Hall and among passersby, as if time had stopped for a moment…
The exhibition is dedicated to the French photographer Robert Doisneau, who became world-famous for his “Kiss of the City Hall” (« Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville »).
*The “Baiser” will not be on display in this show.
Robert Doisneau (1912 – 1994)
Born in Gentilly, a suburb of Paris, Doisneau worked as a photographer for the car manufacturer Renault before pursuing an independent career in photography. Doisneau realized a number of splendid pictures, including fashion photos for Vogue and Life magazines. He won international acclaim especially for his photographs capturing the daily lives of ordinary people in Paris.
Highlights of the exhibition “Robert Doisneau, Music, Paris”
Doisneau’s photographs immortalized moments of life in Paris and its suburbs, with his gentle gaze and often a humorous twist.
They contributed not insignificantly to fostering a worldly popular and romantic image of the French capital.
But it is beyond that clichéd Paris that what Doisneau is all about.
The coming exhibition features music in Paris, based on a 2018-2019 show held at the Philharmonie de Paris, France. It will bring together about 200 photographs of Doisneau, including many pieces that will be shown for the first time in Japan.
The curator for both the Tokyo and Paris shows is Clémentine Deroudille, granddaughter of Doisneau and the director of a documentary film on the humanist photographer.
◆ From chanson, jazz to opera: a musical tour of Paris
Singers and accordion players on the Paris streets… Music and musicians are everywhere across the city, seen through the lens of Doineau.
His photos also unfold arresting moments in the Paris music scene with close-ups of France’s star musicians – Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Juliette Greco, Charles Aznavour, Barbara and Maria Callas, to cite just a few.
Side by side with these music icons are celebrities in the Paris culture scene, such as Marguerite Duras, Jacques Prévert and Maurice Baquet (the latter two were also very good friends of Doisneau).
The photographic journey continues through his later works in the 80’s and 90’s, which cover such groups as les Rita Mitsouko and les Négresses Vertes.
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