Philippe Halsman

Philippe Halsman

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June 15 to September 4, 2017
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday •  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday to Friday •  10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission: Adults $18 /Seniors (65 and over) $16 /Ages 18 to 30 $10 /Ages 13 to 17 $5 /Children (12 and under) Free


Location : Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Parc des Champs-de-Batailles
Borough of La Cité-Limoilou / Downtown
Québec , QC , G1R 5H3   

Information about the event
Phone: 418-643-2150
Free Phone: 1-866-220-2150

After Paris, Lausanne, Rotterdam, Barcelona and Madrid, the MNBAQ will host the exhibition’s North American premiere following its critical and popular success at the Jeu de Paume.

Mounted by the Musée de l’Elysée from Halsman family archives, the exhibition showcases for the first time the American photographer’s entire career, from his beginnings in Paris in the 1930s to the immense success of his New York studio between 1940 and 1970. Halsman arrived in Paris with the support of French government minister Paul Painlevé and stayed there for 10 years, until 1940. During the decade, he collaborated with Vogue, Vu and Voilà magazines and produced portraits of numerous celebrities such as Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier and André Malraux. He exhibited his work several times at the avant-gardist Galerie de la Pléiade along with photographers such as Laure Albin Guillot, whose work was exhibited in 2013 at the Musée de l’Elysée. In 1940, the German invasion forced him to flee to New York with his family. There, he worked for many American magazines, including Life, for which he produced 101 covers, and met celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Duke Ellington, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Richard Nixon and Albert Einstein, to name but a few.

In 1921, at the age of 15, Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) found his father’s old camera and described developing his first glass plates in the family’s bathroom sink as a “miracle”. This was his first contact with photography: he would go on to become one of the 20th century’s foremost photographers. However, Philippe Halsman was far from being just a celebrity photographer. In fact, he experimented throughout his life, pushing back the boundaries of his chosen medium. For more than 30 years he worked in close collaboration with Salvador Dalí and invented “jumpology,” which consisted in taking photos of his subjects jumping, thereby developing a truly psychological approach to the portrait.

The retrospective exhibition presents a broad selection of exclusive images and original documents that shed a unique light on the approach of an outstanding, atypical photographer.

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Partner: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

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