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 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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  • I would love to know why this main attraction is closed in January and February while 2 other exhibitions are open at the same venue all year round ???!!!!  more »
  • As a passionate photographer, I really enjoyed this show, there are photographs of great photographers to the very varied themes... The expo is very well named, we could also call it Humanity...
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  • Very good photo exhibition about daily life comes well to bid used to be well worth the effort
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  • Very impressive collection of pictures about humanity. Definitely deserves its UNESCO World Heritage status.
  • 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
  • I liked it a lot, i think that it is a good reflexion of humanity.
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