The Oscar Munoz Retrospective at Le Jeu de Paume, Paris

3rd June - 21st September

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Le Jeu de Paume is one of the most lovely museums in Paris, because it's nestled in a corner of the enchanting Jardin des Tuileries. It is spacious and full of light and has played an important role in the colourful history of the Parisian art world. Oscar Munoz is a Columbian photographer whose work has been highly respected for more than forty years. He defies the confines of classification by combining printmaking, photography, drawing, installations, video and sculpture. The ultimate polymath, he flies the flag for the great polymaths of Art History from Da Vinci to Picasso. As illustrated by this exhibition, his eternal focus has been the preservation of the fragile moment before an image is permanently fixed.  

 

 

Munoz poetically records the sadness of passing memory and our intrinsic desire to pause time. This is a topical notion in the 21st century as our lives are lived at a faster pace than we could have ever imagined. The exhibition was a perfect blend of video, sculpture, installations and drawing, which all focused on photography as a memory tool – using the potential power of light and shadow to create beautiful art. Our favourite piece involved gently blowing on mirrors to reveal tiny portraits illuminated by our breath. There's nothing more wonderful than feeling like you are part of the creative process when you partake in an interactive exhibition. 

 

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Written by Flora Alexandra Ogilvy, founder of Arteviste.com