Lumière exhibition

The very last thing I did in Paris – apart from watching the rather mediocre Antonioni film Identificazione di una donna and the brilliant but so sad Bresson film Mouchette – was visiting the Lumière exhibition in le Grand Palais. This exhibition celebrates the 120th anniversary of the invention of the cinematograph and pays homage to Louis and Auguste Lumière. The exhibition clearly shows how apart from being cinema pioneers, they were in the first place industrials, inventors and investors. It is not a very big exhibition, but I wandered through the pictures, films and objects for hours, again being fascinated by the early cinema days, and discovering the beautiful colour photography of the Lumières in the 1920s and 1930s, as well as their experiments with panoramic photographs. A worthy closure of my Paris research stay.


Overview of the exhibition


Reconstruction of the ‘Salon Indien’, where the legendary first commercial exploitation of the Cinematograph took place on 28 December 1895. The original program of short films is shown in a loop.

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