Thursday, April 17, 2008

Instants Anonymes

This exhibition, currently showing at the Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg (assembled by Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand), compiles a collection of over a century's worth of family snapshots, nearly 800 in total.  These forgotten moments, pulled out of boxes and photo albums, dusted off and hung on the wall probably for the first time, evoke the simplistic charm of everyday life and all of its petits bonheurs which pass so easily to the back of our minds.  Although set in a time long past and taken by amateurs wishing for nothing more than the preservation of a moment, these instants anonymes constitute one of the most quietly beautiful art exhibitions I have ever seen.

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