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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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  • 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 »
  • Wonderful collection of photos in black and white from years fifty from around the world presented according to themes (work, family, child, love, holidays, etc.) showing the permanence of these human activities across continents, religions, colors of skins...) It makes you think... Deserves its ranking to the Unesco heritage
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  • What luck if you are by the! We gotta go! An exhibition that traces the life on several continents and who can not leave indifferent even the kids (6-10 years) may be interested!
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful photographs that reflect the human condition. UNESCO heritage - deservedly so.
  • Very moving exhibition in a beautiful location. Like experiencing a symphony, but for the eyes
  • 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.
  • 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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