Finally - the Cinema! Arts and Performance from 1833 to 1907 on Display at the Musée d’Orsay

Finally - the Cinema! Arts and Performance from 1833 to 1907 on Display at the Musée d’Orsay
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At the dawn of the 1900s, the cinema is a way of capturing the world in movement, from bodies to performances, it is the product of an urban culture wishing to make a show out of modernity. And yet its occurrence was hardly a sudden schism or even a violent revolution. Bodies and minds were well-prepared for the arrival of this medium. Already in 1895, the first projections of “animated photos” by the Lumière brothers in Paris were part of the top attractions at the Paris World’s Fair in 1900. Far from being a straightforward chronology of inventions, the exhibition underway at the Musée d’Orsay represents a synchronous and thematic itinerary. It offers a dialogue between French film production from 1895-1907 and art history, from the invention of the photography of the early years of 1900, focusing on important themes, such as the fascination with pieces about the city, the desire to show the human body, the dream of an “augmented” reality from colour reproduction, the interest in history. In 1907, the duration of films increased and projections took over the theatres definitively - cinematography became cinema, intended as a physical location, but also as a source of mass entertainment.
Samantha De Martin - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Paris