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Paris. The Construction of a Myth

On the occasion of "The Paris of Brassaï. Photographs of the City Picasso Loved"

Tuesday 19 and wednesday 20 Oct. 2021 | MPM Auditorium

To coincide with the opening of its exhibition The Paris of Brassaï. Photographs of the City Picasso Loved, Museo Picasso Málaga is organizing the seminar “Paris. The Construction of a Myth”. Held on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th October, it will look at the universal imagery that has developed around the city of Paris throughout the history of photography, as well as that of literature and film. There are many archives, compiled by historians, that bear witness to the construction of the idiosyncrasies and singularities of one of the most important capital cities in European and world history. 

Paris in the 1930s and 40s was the modern, cosmopolitan city par excellence, in a Europe marked by the historic changes brought about by 19th-century industry and the early 20th-century international exhibitions. The photographs that Brassaï took at that time have undoubtedly served as referents for creating a visual topography of the City of Light. But there were many other photographers, writers, and filmmakers who, with their work, cemented the idea of this eternal, idealized, fascinating and unique Paris, whose universal identity is part of the heritage of humankind’s collective imaginary. A simultaneous translation service is available from French to Spanish.

With the special collaboration of the Institut Français de España en Sevilla

Registration is free, here

The MPM Auditorium is located on Plaza de la Higuera, which is reached from Calle Alcazabilla. See map.


Tuesday 19th October 2021: 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.  
First session: Round Table
Introduction to the exhibition. The life and work of Brassaï in 1930’s Paris.
-Ramón Esparza. Retired professor at the University of the Basque Country and independent curator.
-José Lebrero Stals. Artistic Director of Museo Picasso Málaga. 
-Philippe Ribeyrolles. Representative of the Estate Brassaï Succession.
Second session: Lecture
Brassaï’s relationship with writing, and the imaginary of Paris in the history of photography and literature.
-Jean-Pierre Montier. Emeritus professor, Université Rennes 2, France
Wednesday 20th October 2021: 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. 
Third Session: Lecture
The construction of Paris, in the Archives of the Planet collection. 
-David-Sean Thomas. Exhibition's director. Musée départemental Albert-Kahn.
Fourth Session: Lecture
Paris in the films of René Clair, Marcel Carné, Jean Renoir, Louis Malle, François Truffaut.…
-Fernando Méndez Leite. Director and film critic. Member of the management committee of the Malaga Festival.


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