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8 August 2015

Souvenirs of the Sphinx, a Short History of Photography

Collection Wouter Deruytter

Musée Départemental Arles Antique

 

 

 

The pyramids overshadowed the sphinx for millennia until drawings, prints and, especially, photographs made it an icon. wouters deruytter’s collection is a history of the photography of this solitary, monumental sculpture. The sphinx sits beneath albumin, collodion or gelatine skies in monochrome hues ranging from brown to pale pink in nineteenth‐century photographs to black and white in the twentieth.The sphinx, a witness to the birth of archaeology and the growth of tourism, has placidly watched a parade of travellers go by. wouters’ monumental photographs offer an unprecedented vision of the sphinx. exploring the giant with a lion’s body inside and out, the photographer invites us to the heart of the world’s most enigmatic sculpture. This work and this collection tells us how much heritage awareness shifts from one object to another. After accompanying and documenting admira‐ tion for the sphinx, it is the photographs’ turn to be preserved and offered for contemplation.

 

Luce Lebart

 

 

Exhibition curator: Luce Lebart.

Exhibition venue : Musée départemental de l’Arles antique, 1rst floor.