Albert Renger-Patzsch. Things
Exhibition tour with Sergio Mah, curator
28 November 2017
18h00 to 19h00
Concorde, Paris

Quite independently of the role he played in the New Objectivity movement that appeared in Germany in the 1920s, Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897-1966) is now considered one of the most influential figures in the history of 20th-century photography.

This retrospective presents a panorama of the major themes and genres that shaped his work. It is divided into three key periods in his career:
— His early days, when he photographed plants for the publishers Folkwang/Auriga, up to the thematic profusion and eclecticism that played a decisive role in the creation of his book Die Welt ist schön (The World is Beautiful), published in 1928.
— The period after his move to Essen, an intensely creative period when he explored subjects specific to the Ruhr, and particularly its buildings and industrial objects.
— Finally, after the Second World war, his renewed interest in nature and landscapes, and particularly in trees and rocks.

With 154 photographs, this is one of the biggest retrospectives of Renger-Patzsch’s yet to be organised, and certainly the one with the greatest number of works from institutional and private collections. It pays homage to this unique photographer and explores the heritage of his work, stimulating reflection on the nature of photography and on its artistic and experimental potential in relation to contemporary art and culture.

Tour of the exhibition with Sergio Mah, curator, Tuesday 28 November at 6 pm.
Free for students and visitors under 26 and to holders of a ticket for the exhibition on that day.

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