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A Surrealist Photographer in the 1930s

From 14/07/2014 to 21/09/2014

The Jeu de Paume presents an exciting exhibition in partnership with the Museo Amparo, a museum in Puebla, Mexico. A museum focusing primarily on photography, the Jeu de Paume welcomes a retrospective of Mexican photographer Kati Horna from now until September 21, 2014.

Born in Budapest in 1912, Horna is also part of a generation of Hungarian photographers that were forced to leave the country due to the instability there in the 1930s. As such, his works chronicle his origins in Budapest as well as his new home of Mexico. The photographer also travelled to European regions such as France and Spain, and these shots are included in the retrospective as well.

The instability of Horna's native land greatly affected the photographers youth, which was tainted by suffering, violence and injustice. This propelled him to seek liberty and denounce injustice with his work. Throughout his career he attempted to engage himself ideological and politically.

Cosmopolitan and avant-gardist, Horna is especially know for his series on the Spanish Civil War. He completed these shots between 1937 and 1939, at the request of the Spanish government. His style mixes elements of surrealism and photojournalism resulting in a captivating final image.

Guests staying at the Résidence Henri IV can experience the Hungarian-turned-Mexican photographer at the Jeu de Paume this summer. Horna is part of an important legacy that also includes the likes of Hungarian photographers Robert Capa and Nicolás Muller. Their unique perspectives of a world in turmoil shaped the future of photography in the mid-20th century.

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