ECHOES AT LE PETIT PALAIS
« At Le Petit Palais in1998, the exhibition La Gloire d’Alexandre combined contemporary photography, for the first time, with archeological artifacts. Alongside Jean Yves Empereur’s extraordinary sub-marine findings, Carlos Freire’s photographs revealed to the public the faces of actual residents living in that mythical village.
The same vision inspired the subsequent exhibitions: Bruno Barbey: Tresors du Royaume; Ferrante Ferranti: Bresil Baroque; Roland and Sabrina Michaud: Chine la gloire des empereurs, and others including Augustin Estrada, Enrique Guzman, Mariana Yampolsky, Vida Yovanovich: Soleils Mexicains.
In this exhibition, Patrick Demarchelier’s photography offers a contemporary
is fused with the museum’s permanent collection.
will be surprised, stimulated spirit can roam freely...
Patrick Demarchelier’s fashion photographs emphasize yet another cultural objective of Le Petit Palais’ philosophy - the recognition of the art of fashion. Many fashion shows took place at Le Petit Palais where students of Sakina M’sa would revel before the latest design in her costume workshop within the walls of the permanent collection. Today, we welcome once more the new trends of prêt-a-porter fashion shows.
Patrick Demarchelier’s sensitivity, deep sense of humanity, respect for his subjects, and ability to unearth passion in each individual advances the museum’s aesthetic commitment. Regardless of whether the subject is famous or unknown, they vibrate to the frequency of the photographer’s generous gaze. And the visitor is carried away by the life force bursting from the model’s eyes.
A museum is a source of life and a place of humanity. May all the faces of Patrick Demarchlier’s portraits intertwined with the faces painted on Greek vases, Dutch paintings of the XIX Century portraits… bring to all a greater love and understanding of one another... »
Gilles Chazal Curator-in-chief Director of le Petit Palais