Thomas Walther Collection. The Family of Man Fund

Masterworks of modern photography 1900-1940. The Thomas Walther Collection

The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) and the Thomas Walther collection are revealed at the Jeu de Paume in Paris from 14 September 2021 to 13 February 2022 in an exceptional exhibition.

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Some 230 of the 350 prints from the Thomas Walther collection acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) in 2001 and 2017 are leaving New York for the first time, and it is in the heart of Paris, at the Jeu de Paume, just a few steps from the Musée du Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries, that they are to be discovered!

When he began collecting the work of these avant-garde photographers in the first half of the 20th century, the Swiss Thomas Walther could not have imagined that these prints would soon constitute a priceless collection, one of the pillars of MoMA's Modern Collection.

A veritable treasure for all photography enthusiasts, the collection includes works by some one hundred photographers, from Berenice Abbott to Karl Blossfeldt, from Claude Cahun to El Lissitzky, from Edward Weston to André Kertész, masterpieces and lesser-known images that reflect technical developments and their impact on photographic material and quality, while tracing the history of the European and American photographic avant-gardes

Divided into six sections, the exhibition MoMA's Photographic Masterworks mixes genres and approaches (architecture and urban views, portraits and nudes, reportage, photomontages and experiments…) and explores the artistic networks of the interwar period, from the Bauhaus to the Surrealist Paris, via Moscow and New York. Through its radical visual invention, the exhibition perfectly captures the utopian spirit of those who wanted to change images in order to change the world, and makes it possible to fully understand the words of the photographer and theoretician Lazlo Moholy-Nagy who, a century ago, stated that "he illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the camera and the pen alike.»."

An exhibition not to be missed!

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Access and contact

1 place de la Concorde
75008 Paris 8ème

Metro: lines 1, 8, 12 Bus: 24, 42, 72, 73, 84, 94

Days and opening hours

From 14/09/2021 to 13/02/2022 between 11 am and 7 pm. Closed on Monday. Tuesday: 11am to 9pm Exceptional closure at 5pm on 24 and 31 December.


  • Full price: 10 €, Reduced price: 7.50 €.


Spoken languages

  • French
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