The Family of Man, Clervaux

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The Family of Man was an ambitious photography exhibition curated by Edward Steichen, the director of the Museum of Modern Art's (MOMA) Department of Photography. It was first shown in 1955 from January 24 to May 8 at the New York MOMA, then toured the world for eight years, making stops in thirty-seven countries on six continents as part of the Museum's International Program. More than 9 million people viewed the exhibit.According to Steichen, the exhibition represented the "culmination of his career."The physical collection is archived and displayed at Clervaux Castle in Luxembourg (Edward Steichen's home country; he was born there in 1879 in Bivange). It was first presented there in 1994 after restoration of the prints.In 2003 the Family of Man photographic collection was added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in recognition of its historical value.As U.S. cultural diplomacyThe photographs included in the exhibition focus on the commonalities that bind people and cultures around the world and the exhibition itself served as an expression of humanism in the decade following World War II. The United States Information Agency toured the photographs throughout the world in five different versions for seven years, under the auspices of the The Museum of Modern Art International Program.The collection's overtones of peace and human brotherhood symbolized a lifting of the overhanging danger of an atomic war for Soviet citizens. This meaning seemed to be grasped especially by Russian students and intellectuals.
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  • August 14, 2017
    At this point, many explanations about the origin, nature and content of this exhibition were already given. Only one thing from my point of view still there to say: she gets under the skin. And sometimes it hurts!
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  • August 13, 2017
    Not to be missed and even make the journey to visit this wonderful exhibition. More than 500 photos, dozens of photographers including on adults. This exhibition presents the life in the world, across continents, from birth to death... Created in 1955, this expo is a hymn to peace and friendship between peoples. Successful bet! Emotion guaranteed!
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  • July 27, 2017
    If you are in the area this is a must. A collection of photographs from across the world - originally exhibited at the museum of modern art in NY now permanently on show here. The photos need no comme...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    This is an nice exhibition. The photographs are all of a great quality. There is no indication of location or date near the picture, which is a pity when you don't want to be bothered by an audio guide. I was expecting a larger set.
  • July 1, 2017
    Beautiful photographs that reflect the human condition. UNESCO heritage - deservedly so.
  • May 1, 2017
    Very moving exhibition in a beautiful location. Like experiencing a symphony, but for the eyes
  • November 26, 2016
    The first exibition where I was ready to go back to after no more than 5 minutes. Exellent journey into life and earth and 1950th world.
  • July 29, 2016
    Stunning collection of Magnum photo's, organized as a tribute to the stages of life. Very well presented as well. Must see if you visit Clervaux!

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