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Montpellier Pavillon Populaire

18 October 2016 @ 10 h 00 min - 31 December 2017 @ 17 h 30 min

Pavillon Populaire Montpellier, 150 m only from Hôtel d'Aragon

The Montpellier Pavillon Populaire, which means Popular Pavilion, is a professional exhibition equipment, managed directly by the Culture and Heritage Direction Board Montpellier. It is open freely to the public.

The Montpellier Pavillon Populaire is a place of exhibition devoted to Photography Art and Gilles Mora is currently its curator.

In 1994, took place the first exhibition “around Humor” by Jeanloup Sieff

In 1996, the city of Montpellier was the only French city, with Paris , to present in this pavilion, Robert Doisneau retrospective from the Oxford Museum of Modern Art.

Pavilion has displayed ever since a very high level programme, featuring the works of national and international renown artists.

Next exhibition :

“Notes on asphalt, a mobile and precarious America, 1950-1990”

From February 8th until April 16th, 2017

It is with this exhibition that opens the American year of the Pavillon Populaire.

Notes on asphalt, a mobile and precarious America, 1950-1990“Notes on asphalt, a mobile and precarious America, 1950-1990” will reveal the work of six researchers: Donald Appleyard, John Brinckerhoff Jackson, Allan Jacobs, Chester Liebs, Richard Longstreth and David Lowenthal. They have immortalized, for 40 years, the urban and rural landscapes of the United States, crisscrossing the roads of the country. In addition to J. B. Jackson, a tutelary and atypical figure whose work influences the world of art, all enjoy an important scientific reputation in the fields of architecture, town planning and landscape. All have also designed documentary photography as a research tool on the popular ways of building and living.

A documentary exhibition

Nearly 200 photographs of the six researchers will be exhibited at the Pavillon Populaire. They have until now only been shown in scientific publications or university coursCommercial Axes, October 1966 © Donald Appleyardes. These are documentary photographs, research works, which question how to appreciate the landscape. Aesthetics is not a priority for their authors. These photographs, slides which can contain notably annotations, have served as a notebook and have been for their authors a very precise means of recording.

Various photographic research
While the six researchers in the exhibition “Notes on asphalt, a mobile and precarious America, 1950-1990” focus their attention on everyday landscapes, the themes addressed are pluralistic: precariousness of habitats in the rural world, fragility of Constructions of working-class districts or a profusion of advertising messages seen from automobile cabins. Far from the standardized housing estates, they show us the vernacular slope, always unstable and overflowing, of America.
Five of the six photographers favored color at a time when black and white was still dominant in documentary photography.

Thanks to an ingenious design, visitors to the exhibition “Notes on asphalt, a mobile and precarious America, 1950-1990” at the Pavillon Populaire will be compelled to make an exciting road trip through the United States.

Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Continuous EleganceContinuous Elegance, Louise Dahl-Wolfe

October 18th, 2016 until January 8th, 2017

The Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier is showing the European premiere, from October 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017, of Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Continuous Elegance, a great retrospective devoted to the American fashion photographer.

Louise Dahl-Wolfe discovered photography during the 1920s after long art studies in San Francisco and New York. Having become a fashion photographer in 1930, she was quickly noticed by the famous review Vanity Fair which published her first photo two years later. In 1936 she embarked on a long collaboration with the prestigious fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar for which she will work till 1958. During these two decades she will revolutionize fashion photography by imposing a new style. Coming out of studios, she prioritizes outside décors and natural light, and transforms the image of woman by showing her as active and independent. Her other passion, the portrait, will see celebrities like Marlene Dietrich, Orson Welles, Lauren Bacall… parade before her lens.


The light from the North, Elina Brotherus 1997 – 2015

Elina Brotherus , born in 1972 in Helsinki, is a Finnish photographer and videographer strongly influenced by French culture. From its inception in late 1990, she will also exposed in France, notably at the The light from the North, Pavillon Populaire European House of Photography, so she now divides her time between Finland and Paris. She started photography by documentary tradition, she produces several series
of self-portraits in which she presents her private life in the manner of a diary. In these pictures, she never interprets roles nor to create staging, everything is authentic. Then, very quickly, her interest focuses on the formal problems, the study of the landscape or human body, and the relationship between photography and the pictorial tradition. Elina Brotherus tries with the camera to The light from the Northunderstand the problems faced by painters for centuries: light, color, composition, figures in space, projection of three-dimensional world in two dimensions, as many fundamental issues in all visual arts.

Among her references, we find Caspar David Friedrich and his landscapes, Cézanne or Degas and their bathing beauties … Elina Brotherus, emblematic figure of the young Finnish and European photography, is on display in major Western museums and found her works in the most prestigious international collections (Collection Lambert, Saatchi collection …).

the Pavillon Populaire presents, from June to September 2016, the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s photographic work. Providing movies, videos and 130 original prints, this exhibition event will be co-produced by the Turku Art Museum (Finland) and the Austrian gallery Fotohof Salzburg (Austria). Co-published Pavillon Populaire of Montpellier / Editions Hazan.


World retrospective : ” Hélène Hoppenot . The World of Yesterday , 1933-1956 “

World retrospective of Helene Hoppenot “I have the greatest desire to go to the end of the world and not to stop on the way” Hélène Hoppenot.

From March 16th to May 29th, 2016, shots of Helen Hoppenot invest the Montpellier Popular Pavilion for this world first retrospective of photographs of Hélène Hoppenot . These photographs show the tilting of the ancient world to the modern world , before, during and after the Second World War. Faces, situations, landscapes always animated by a monument, a tree or a person , photographs of Hélène Hoppenot taken between 1933 and 1956 are a true historical record. From Guatemala to Cambodia through North America, Tunisia and Sicily, more than 150 photographs, small and medium formats, categorized by continent , which will be exhibited for the first time for 10 weeks in Popular Pavilion.

The work of Hélène Hoppenot is intimately related to his personal life. Wife of the famous diplomat Henri Hoppenot, the future photographer begins to travel the world in 1918, according to her husband’s appointments. She wants to keep track of ” happy moments ” that she lives. She wants to bring back memories of her travels. After writing a travel book, the photographic medium imposed itself to her. Hélène Hoppenot subtracted words to the image. Equipped with a 6×6 Rolleiflex camera which she remained faithful to throughout her life, she lears photography on her own thanks to observation. In order not to be limited , Hélène Hoppenot multiplies shots and angles on this complex world she observes from ringside .


Denis Roche Exhibition at Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, book your stay at hôtel d'Aragon to visit this amazing exhibition!

The Montpellier  Pavillon Populaire presents a retrospective of over 100 photographs, many unpublished prints, representing the profound Denis Roche Exhibition at Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, book your stay at hôtel d'Aragon to visit this amazing exhibition!and poetic work of the writer, editor and photographer Denis Roche, who died in early September 2015.

This posthumous exhibition of one who said he wanted to ” shoot to disappear” is entitled ” Denis Roche . Photolalies , 1997-2013 .” It opened in November 2015 and to continue until mid-February 2016.


Roche ‘s work is marked by Gilles Mora , the artistic director of the Pavillon Populaire and curator of the exhibition by the ” autobiographical accumulation , constant reflection on time , love repetition or formal experimentation and cross-reference these pictures ” baptized ” photolalies ” .

Always in black and white , Denis Roche photographies – portraits, self-portraits , still lifes – are carried by deep reflections and mirror games. The artist had worked on the design of the exhibition before his death in September 2015, at the age of 77 years .

Denis Roche Exhibition at Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, book your stay at hôtel d'Aragon to visit this amazing exhibition!


18 October 2016 @ 10 h 00 min
31 December 2017 @ 17 h 30 min
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