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Photographs: An early album of the world

Following the opening up of Japan to the West in the 1850s, artists, designers and makers across Europe became gripped by a new fashion for 'Japonisme'. The exhibition focuses on a pioneering group of Parisian artists who had deep admiration for Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin's innovative art.

On display are beautiful landscapes by the great Japanese masters Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai side by side with dream-like paintings and interior decors by the likes of Pierre Bonnard, Odilon Redon, and Édouard Vuillard.

This summer, Louvre Abu Dhabi brings the world to you.
Take a journey across continents with some of the earliest photographers and discover the world as your ancestors did: one photograph at a time.
Following the development of photography in the mid-1800’s, Western societies eagerly sent European photographers on voyages of exploration, to capture distant civilisations on film for the first time. At the same time, the first international photographers set up their own studios and started to capture their own cultures and landscapes.
This exhibition displays more than 250 of the earliest photographs ever seen of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the American continents. Believed at the time to be authentic representations of the world, the exhibition explores how nationality, geography, culture, regional politics and the continual improvement of photography techniques influenced both the photographers and these early images – images that helped to shape the perceptions of people, places and cultures more than 150 years ago.


  • Exhibition in collaboration with the musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Dist. RMN – Grand Palais / image musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
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