In 2024 at the MEP
… the programme will be bold, eclectic and experimental. Discover the major exhibitions for this Season.
Exteriors. Annie Ernaux & Photography
Exteriors. Annie Ernaux & Photography celebrates the dynamic relationship between photography and the writing of Annie Ernaux, 2022 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, through texts taken from her book Exteriors (1993) and photographs from the MEP collection. The exhibition is a result of research carried out by curator and writer Lou Stoppard during a month-long residency at the MEP in May 2022.
Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn – Fashion Icon
Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn – Fashion Icon presents vintage prints from the personal collection of the greatest model of her time. Featuring almost 150 images made between 1935 and 1955 by masters of photography such as Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Erwin Blumenfeld, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the golden age of fashion photography, magnified by an exceptional personality. This collection was donated to the MEP in 2023 by Tom Penn, son of Irving Penn and Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, who also loaned several works.
At the Studio
Iris Millot | 28.02.2024-07.04.2024
Winner of the 2023 Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award for Young Talents
Pooya Abbasian | 11.04.2024-26.05.2024
Thomas Mailaender — Les belles images
Thomas Mailaender’s work sits at the intersection of several key disciplines (photography, sculpture, performance, installation art, site specificity and publishing), interrogating the primary function of the image through. Based in Marseille, the multimedia artist re-orients his visual research using both historic and contemporary processes integrating unique photographic materials into a wide range of physical supports from cyanotypes to ceramics. His installations, often monumental in scale, question the role of images and their material status in todays’ society by using found images drawn from a range of sources from old-fashioned local flea-markets to the World Wide Web. This exhibition will bring together a vast array of old and new works together for the first time at the MEP.
At the Studio
B. Ingrid Olson | 12.06.2024-21.07.2024
Tatjana Danneberg | 25.07.2024-29.09.2024
Science/Fiction, a non-history of plants
The exhibition Science/Fiction, a non-history of plants retraces a visual history of plants linking art, technology and science from the mid-19th century to the present day. Rather than using a chronological approach, it combines the two conceptual frameworks of science and fiction. Conceived on two levels, the exhibition highlights the audacious efforts of both artists and researchers as they explore ways to connect with the environment. The first part of the exhibition, dedicated to an objective, science-based approach, will bring together principally photographic and video works. The second part will engage viewers in an immersive experience, playing on the porosity between science and (science) fiction, two fields that have made nature a privileged terrain for experimentation. From scientific documentaries to animist beliefs, from the anxieties linked to genetic mutation to political narratives, from repulsion to fascination, plants offer an inexhaustible source of stories that reveal our deepest desires and fears. These images are the most compelling witnesses to this phenomenon.
At the Studio
Ludovic Sauvage | 16.10.2024-01.12.2024
Maria Silva Esteve | 05.12.2024-19.01.2025
The MEP is proud to present the first retrospective by Dutch artist Viviane Sassen. This exhibition, which comprises more than 200 works, reveals over thirty years of multifaceted creation bringing together photography, collage, painting and video.