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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. 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.''The Family of Man'' 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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  • Great permanent exhibition - a must see if you are in the area. 37 themes to tell the life of humans through photographs!
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  • At the start of the tour, we wondered why we had been the. But in the as, enjoyed it and we took the time d enjoy these photographs. To strongly advise.
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  • This is off the beaten track for most and has odd hours. Check the net. It's the third time I tried to go and first success. The collection is large but well curated. My only criticism is that most ph...  more »
  • 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!
  • Very special exhibition.
  • Impressive photo exhibition!
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  • Exceptional! Indispensable to see and review exposure. An exceptional photographic heritage.
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