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Claude Cahun at Jeu de Paume, Paris

by Suzanne on June 1st, 2011

Self-portrait by Claude Cahun - click to enlarge

A highly politically engaged artist throughout her life, it's great to see that Claude Cahun (née Lucy Renée Mathilde Schwob) finally gets the recognition she has always deserved from her homeland - both as a surrealist photographer and very brave Jewish woman breaking sexual, social and religious taboos and stereotypes decades before they were addressed.

Self-portrait by Claude Cahun - click to enlarge

Arrested and sentenced to death and six years in prison for treason - it is rumoured that Cahun asked whether the execution or the jail term would come first - a year before the end of the 2nd world war (the death sentence wasn't carried out but it's assumed that Cahun was tortured in prison as she never fully recovered from her time in captivity), she made the ultimate sacrifice for her resistance, her determination, her bravery. Today she rests buried with her partner Suzanne Malherbe (a.k.a. Marcel Moore) in Jersey.

Self-portrait by Claude Cahun - click to enlarge

Now, after sixteen years of no major retrospective efforts, Jeu de Paume in Paris has finally brought together a stunning selection of her oeuvre - including a lot of rarities that have never been exhibited before.

The exhibition opened a week ago and will remain on show until the end of September. Highly recommended.

All details below.

Self-portrait by Claude Cahun - click to enlarge

On show: May 24 - Sep 25, 2011

Address: Jeu de Paume, 1 place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France, tel: 01 47 03 12 50

Gallery hours: Tue: 12 - 9 PM, Wed - Fri: 12 - 7 PM, Sat - Sun: 10 AM - 7 PM

Admission: €8,50

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