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Gallimard : Luce Lebart : Albert Kahn Departmental Museum – Transmitting a humanist vision


This weekend was the opening of the new Albert Kahn museum.

On this occasion, Gallimard editions publishes a book on Albert Kahn directed by Luce Lebart. She gave us this text:

At the heart of the industrial revolution at the end of the 19th century and in the midst of booming capitalism, Albert Kahn, son of Alsatian cattle dealers, created his own bank and became immensely rich. Deeply humanist, he devoted his life to protean pacifist works, punctuated by the creation of foundations, a botanical garden, and a business of photographic and film coverage of a world in full transformation: the Archives of the Planet.

A priceless legacy, unique in the world for world heritage.

Located in Boulogne-Billancourt, at the gates of Paris, the Albert Kahn museum houses these exceptional collections (one hundred hours of films, 72,000 autochromes in color), and makes them accessible to the public and to researchers.

The museum is set in a green setting with multiple landscapes created by Albert Kahn:  the Japanese garden, Vosges forest, French garden, rose garden, English garden, etc. This book tells us about this astonishing adventure in the form of a walk in the footsteps of Albert Kahn and in his collections.

The Author
Luce Lebart is a photography historian, exhibition curator and researcher attached to the Archive of Modern Conflict collection. She is the author of general works such as A World History of Women Photographers co-edited with Marie Robert (2020) or The Great Photographers of the 20th Century (2017) and several books based on photographic archives, including Mold is beautiful , Lady Liberty, Gold and Silver and Inventions (1915-1938).

This book is published in partnership with the Albert-Kahn departmental museum and the Hauts-de-Seine department.
After an extensive renovation program, the Albert-Kahn Museum will reopen its doors on April 2nd, 2022 with the inauguration of the new building by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
The Albert-Kahn departmental museum is one of the 10 most visited sites in Île-de-France (outside Paris).


Luce Lebart : Musée départemental Albert Kahn : Transmettre une vision humaniste
Format 154 x 204 mm
hardcover binding
Number of pages 76
Number of illustrations 100
Price €14.50


Albert Kahn Museum
10-14 rue du Port – 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt


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