Current photos exhibitions of Paris are dominated by Brassai, For The Love Of Paris, an exhibition which runs until March 31st . One of 20th century Europe’s most innovative and influential photographers is celebrated in the charming surroundings of the Salle Saint-Jean at the Hotel de Ville (Paris City Hall), just a short, pleasant stroll from the Hotel Britannique. Admission is free.
Current photos exhibitions of Paris are well worth seeing
Brassai, For The Love Of Paris captures the timeless, mysterious, enchanting allure of the city in a remarkable and perceptive way. Brassai was born Gyulus Halasz in what is now Brasov, Transylvania, in 1899. He would later use the name of his home city to create his pseudonym. Having long been fascinated by Paris, he arrived in the city after completing his art studies. He was captivated by the ambience of Paris and the artists and intellectuals who welcomed him. Paris between the wars was a haven for creative people and his talent was appreciated by such as Henry Miller, Salvador Dali and Picasso.
Brassai shone an artistic spotlight on the everyday by taking it out of context and creating startling and sometimes slightly surreal juxtapositions. He took to wandering the night streets of the capital, gazing with an artist’s eye at the beauty to be found in even the less salubrious parts of the city. The city’s subcultures, characters, architecture and even graffiti were all transformed into objets d’art by his lens. His 1933 photographic collection, Paris After Dark, was a sensation. Arrayed in this astonishing exhibition, the photographer’s love for his adopted city shines through with a luminous and poignant intensity, producing images of unorthodox beauty. The original items in the current exhibition at Paris City Hall are drawn largely from the collection held at the Pompidou Centre, to which they were donated by Brassai’s widow after his passing.
Current photos exhibitions of Paris recommended by the Hotel Britannique
Brassai’s love for Paris and fine attention to detail is something we understand well here at the Hotel Britannique, therefore we are happy to recommend this remarkable and eye opening exhibition.