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1 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A cantering horse and rider, 1887. 23x33,5 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

2 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A monkey walking, 1887. 24x31 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

3 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A man throwing a bucket of water, 1887. 26x29 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

4 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A double humpback camel running, 1887. 22,5x35 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

5 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A man walking up stairs, 1887. 22x35 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

6 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A buffalo walking, 1887. 23x35 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

7 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A woman carrying a child, 1887. 21x34,5 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

8 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A kangaroo jumping, 1887. 22x35 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

9 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A man rowing, 1887. 19,5x36,5 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

10 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A parrot flying, 1887. 20x36,5 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

11 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A little girl crawling, 1887. 19x40,5 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

12 / 12       Eadweard Muybridge, A woman placing a rug, 1887. 19x40,5 cm. © Wellcome Library, London.

Muybridge Recall

Italy will finally be hosting a major exhibition on Eadweard Muybridge (1830 – 1904), the photographer who invented movement and whose images influenced Degas and the artists of his time, ahead of the dawn of cinema.
The exhibition – curated by Leo Guerra and Cristina Quadrio Curzio, and produced and organised by Gruppo Credito Valtellinese Foundation with the participation of Wellcome Library, London – will be hosted from May 19th to October 28th 2016 at the Gruppo Credito Valtellinese Gallery in Milan and it will focus not only on the photographs taken by Muybridge during his career, but will also feature a contemporary reconstruction of the set he used to take shots in sequence. This set will come alive with a performance, during the inauguration evening, in which two or more characters and actors will pass through the sequence shot, thus generating pictures for a modern-day series of images à la Muybridge. The visitor route will also comprise L’assassino nudo and a pinhole film, original documentary films by Paolo Gioli.
Muybridge, an Englishman who emigrated to the USA, took his first professional steps in the world of photography with shots illustrating the potent beauty of Yosemite National Park. Subsequently, the curiosity of a businessman led him to verify whether all four hooves of a galloping horse were off the ground simultaneously, as they had been depicted by the French artist Théodore Géricault in the painting Derby at Epson (1821). By linking up 24 cameras with tripwires along a route, Muybridge obtained a sequence of images that showed the movement of the horses with absolute precision, which confirmed that for a few instants, the whole body of a galloping horse was effectively off the ground, although the shots also showed that the extension of the legs was entirely different from how it had been imagined by artists. Paul Valéry acknowledged that «Muybridge’s photographs clearly reveal the mistakes made by every sculptor and painter when attempting to show the different gaits of horses». These images became famous, and many artists, including Degas, grasped the importance of photography as a source of documentation able to go beyond visual capacity. It became common to use photographs to copy not only movements invisible to the naked human eye, but also other aspects of reality, and some artists moved on to painting directly from photographs. After horses, birds in flight and the movement of animals from Philadelphia Zoo, Muybridge turned his attention to Man, soon becoming famous for his nudes in movement, photographed against a background with a grid drawn on it, while running, climbing the stairs or carrying buckets of water. With the collaboration of the University of Pennsylvania, Muybridge developed the Zoopraxiscope, an instrument similar to the Zoetrope, which made it possible to project images, thus allowing a small audience to view them simultaneously, as at the cinema.

Muybridge Recall. Where Science Meets Art
Galleria Gruppo Credito Valtellinese, corso Magenta, 59 - Milan (Italy)
19 May – 28 October 2016

opening times: from Monday to Friday, 1 pm - 7 pm | Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm | closed on Sundays and on June 2nd and August 15th, 2016 | special openings on request for schools
admission fee: free entry
info: +39 (0)2 48008015

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Eadweard Muybridge
Wellcome Library, London

Gruppo Credito Valtellinese

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published on 2016-03-14 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS


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