Image: Margaret Bourke-White travaillant en haut du Chrysler Building, New York, New York, 1935 © Photo : Oscar Graubner / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images
Views from above considers how an elevated perspective, from the first aerial photographs of the nineteenth century to the satellite images of Google Earth, has transformed artists' perception of the world.
Covering more than 2,000 square metres, the exhibition gives us the power of Icarus and in over 400 works (paintings, photographs, drawings, films, architecture models, installations, books, reviews…) offers a singular and spectacular view of modern and contemporary art.
There has been a considerable regain in interest in the aerial view over recent years. From the success of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's Earth From Above to the popularity of Google Earth, we are fascinated by this bird's-eye view as much for the beauty of the landscapes it reveals as the feeling of omnipotence it inspires.
The exhibition draws on this popularity to return to the origins of aerial photography and explore its impact on the work of artists and, consequently, the history of art.
When Nadar took his first aerial photographs from a hot-air balloon, circa 1860, he gave artists their first indications of the world they knew but had never seen from so high. An elevated perspective blurs landmarks and relief, slowly transforming the land into a flat surface whose visual reference points are no longer distinguishable one from the other.
Right up to today, artists, photographers, architects and film-makers have continued to explore the aesthetic and semantic implications of this extraordinary vantage point. Now this fascinating journey is the subject of an unprecedented multidisciplinary exhibition.
An innovative scenography in eight themed sections takes visitors through time as well as space, gradually rising from the balcony scenes of the first works on display to views from a hot-air balloon, an airship, an aeroplane, and finally a satellite.
A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
Angela Lampe, Curator, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne.
Alexandra Müller, Research Officer, Centre Pompidou-Metz.
Alexandre Quoi (Contemporary Art), Research Officer, Centre Pompidou-Metz.
Teresa Castro (film), Lecturer, Université de Paris III.
Thierry Gervais (historical photography), Postdoctoral Fellow, Ryerson University, Head of Research, Ryerson Image Center (Toronto), Editor-in-Chief since 2006 of photography journal, Etudes Photographiques.
Aurélien Lemonnier (architecture), Curator, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Architecture and Design Department.
1, parvis des Droits-de-l’Homme - CS 90490 - F-57020 Metz Cedex 1
Monday 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. 8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. 6 p.m.
Adjustable ticket fare based on the number of exhibition spaces open on the day of your visit. : 7 € / 10 € / 12 €