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M+ : The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series : Noir & Blanc – A Story of Photography


M+, Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, announced its first Special Exhibition on photography, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Noir & Blanc—A Story of Photography, which will open to the public from Saturday, 16 March 2024 at Main Hall Gallery, M+. The exhibition is co-presented by M+ and the French May Arts Festival, in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), and is exclusively sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. It marks the first M+ exhibition dedicated to exploring the medium of photography and the opening programme of the French May Arts Festival 2024. The exhibition includes more than 250 significant photographs from BnF’s world-renowned collection of photography, complemented by over thirty works drawn from the M+ Collections, examining black-and-white photography as a time-honoured medium of art.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Noir & Blanc—A Story of Photography is a thematic presentation of photographic works dating from 1915 to 2019 and will be the first major public exhibition of BnF’s photography collections in Asia. It will feature over 170 internationally celebrated photographers, including Man Ray, Diane Arbus, Mario Giacomelli, Robert Frank, William Klein, Daido Moriyama, Valérie Belin and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Over thirty works from the M+ Collections will also be showcased, spotlighting how eminent Asian photographers and artists such as Chang Chao-Tang, Ho Fan, Lang Jingshan, Liu Heung Shing, Nalini Malani, Ishimoto Yasuhiro and Yau Leung transformed this expressive medium.

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