Maison européenne de la photographie

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Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP)
Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), façade 2.JPG
Established 1996
Location 5/7 rue de Fourcy, 75004 Paris
Type Center for contemporary photographic art
Visitors 150.000 per year
Director Jean-Luc Monterosso
President Henry Chapier
Public transit access
Website http://www.mep-fr.org

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie (or MEP), located in the historic heart of Paris, is a major center for contemporary photographic art which opened in February 1996.

Location and activities[edit]

The Hotel Henault de Cantobre, which was built in 1706, houses the Maison Européenne de la Photographie and is located at n. 5, Rue de Fourcy. It belongs to the City of Paris since 1914. The city authorities asked the Yves Lion firm of architects to undertake the restoration of the original building, as well as the addition of a new wing on the Rue de Fourcy. The façade overlooking the street, the period ironwork and the central staircase are all examples of classical architecture.

External view of the Hôtel Hénault de Cantobre

It houses an exhibition center, a large library, an auditorium, and a video viewing facility with a wide selection of films. The visitor can also enjoy the Café sited under the 18th century vaults and a specialized bookstore. The MEP is designed to make the three fundamental photographic media (exhibition prints, the printed page, and film) easily accessible to all. It offers numerous commented visits, conferences and films cycles in relation with the exhibitions. The Hotel houses a photographic restoration and conservation workshop too (Atelier de Restauration et de Conservation des Photographies de la Ville de Paris, or ARCP). Since 1983 it has worked to preserve the photographic patrimony of the libraries, the archives and the museums of the Paris municipality, and it offers its services to other French or foreign institutions too.

The collection is dedicated to the contemporary creation. It owns about twenty thousands works of art, mostly photographs (silver and digital photography) and videos. The library gathers 24.000 volumes about photography, artists’ books as well as technical or theoretical works, including rare editions. Three or four exhibition cycles are organized every year about artists, themes and movements which mainly belong to the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century.

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie is directed since 1996 by Jean-Luc Monterosso (Director) and Henry Chapier (President).

Access and hours[edit]

Métro: Saint-Paul and Pont Marie. The Maison Européenne de la Photographie opens Wednesday to Sunday from 11.00am to 8.00pm. Free admission every Wednesday from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. The exhibition rooms are accessible to disabled persons.

Selective exhibitions[edit]

Robert Delpire, exhibition view, 2010

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°51′18″N 2°21′32″E / 48.85500°N 2.35889°E / 48.85500; 2.35889