A Marc Riboud's Retrospective Opens in CAFA
Source:Artintern.net Author:Elemy Liu Date: 2010-04-24 Size:
The exhibtion "The Instinctive Moment: A Marc Riboud Retrospective" opens in the Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts today after being showed in Shanghai.


The Exhibition Poster

The exhibtion “The Instinctive Moment: A Marc Riboud Retrospective” opens in the Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts today after being showed in Shanghai. As one of the most influential exhibitions in 2010, 150 pieces of artwork by Marc Riboud are being exhibited, and most importantly, all of the artworks are newly developed by Marc himself and his assistants, including some that have never been publicised before. Once again we all have a great opportunity  to be touched by his most representative and iconic works, and meanwhile, to quietly enter into communion with the way he depicts China’s society and landscape with his eye and with his heart.


Artwork by Marc Riboud          Courtesy Marc Riboud

Wang Huangsheng, the director of CAFA Museum, says “ Marc Riboud is no stranger to the Chinese; especially in the photographic circle, every time people talk about him, he always fills them with awe which derives not only from his impressive classic works such as The Painter of the Eiffel Tower and Flower vs. Guns, but also from his concern and attachment for China—for the land and the people here—and his charisma as an artist of humanism. "


Artwork by Marc Riboud                  Courtesy Marc Riboud

The artworks by Marc Riboud are not always earth-shattering pictures. He concerns more about the changes that took place in people’s daily life, reflecting the meaningful and the profound through tiny details. He left his homeland in 1954 and came to China for the first time in 1957, and then published his first picture of China in 1958. he focuses more on ordinary people, recording ordinary things. According to Mr. Wang, "He also penetrated into the major historical eventswhich took place here quietly, demonstrating an insight andperspective of cultural thinking and contemplation. Of course, Riboud’s vision and the pictures he takes are always gentle and kind. It is more likely that from the point of view of a Westerner, he cares about and appreciates the harmony and the beauty of this great Eastern country with her own history and reality, showing his affection for the land, the scenery, and the Chinese people."


Artwork by Marc Riboud        Courtesy Marc Riboud

It is important to stress the deep impact left by Marc Riboud on this land and its photographic circle. In the late 1980s, photography in China was struggling to break away from the official orthodoxy of propaganda photojournalism and the populist aesthetics of the increasingly commercial "salon” photography. Meanwhile, issues of humanity and the lower social strata were also heatedly debated in the artistic and cultural circles. At this point, Marc Riboud’s photography was introduced to China in massive doses. His documentary photography, his method and concept, especially the dimension of humanistic concern inherent in documentary photography, have infused Chinese photography with new social perspective, new photographic language and a new spiritual dimension. This form of documentary photography, which occupied for a period a dominant position in China, produced a permanent and profound influence. Therefore, the photographic circle always relates the emergence, development and significance of Chinese documentary photography with Marc Riboud.

The exhibition will go through June 6. During this time, a speech will be delivered in CAFA museum, for further information, please send an email to dongzi8968@vip.sina.com.


Artwork by Marc Riboud        Courtesy Marc Riboud

[Editor] Elemy Liu