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François Kollar
A Working Eye

10. June 2016 — 11. September 2016
Esterházyho palác, 2nd floor, Bratislava
Curator: Matthieu Rivallin, Pia Viewing

François Kollar (1904 - 1979), a French photographer of Slovak origin, was a famous representative of the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) movement and a significant photographer of the working world in France. At the same time he was very successful advertising and fashion photographer and portraitist.

This monographic exhibition dedicated to his life and work and prepared in cooperation with Jeu de Paume, the prestigious photographic gallery in Paris, will present approximately 130 original photographs from museum collections and the artist's estate. Several of them have never been exhibited before.

The exhibition's first section will be dedicated to Kollar's early portraits, still lifes and advertising. The main section presents his largest photographic project entitled La France travail (Working France) which was implemented from 1931 to 1934. The main theme was the working man and forms of work in France. The exhibition's last section features Kollar's photographs after World War II when he became a sought after portraitist in French society, while continuing to do reportages related to industry and work, particularly in French Western Africa.

This exhibition is organized by Jeu de Paume, Paris, in collaboration with Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine and with the participation of the Slovak National Gallery for the presentation in Bratislava.

Expert cooperation: Lucia Almášiová (SNG)


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