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The bright side of the Moon at the Grand Palais

Writer

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon, the Grand Palais in Paris dedicates an exhibition to the Moon highlighting the great charm it has always had on mankind.

In the night between 20th and 21st July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon for the first time.

The moon landing, broadcasted live on tv, was one of the first events followed worldwide by millions of people. Indeed, the conquest of the moon represented the overcoming of human limits not only in terms of scientific progress but also of the symbolic relationship between man and nature. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of this historic event, the Grand Palais (3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower) in Paris dedicates an exhibition to the bright star highlighting the great charm it has always had on mankind.

The exhibition La Lune. Du voyage réel aux voyages imaginaires” is structured in 5 sections analyzing the link between humans and the moon under various perspectives. The opening section is dedicated to the description of the stages of the Nasa mission with some of the objects that were used by the astronauts in those days, then there is an analysis of the theme of the trip to the Moon through manuscripts, excepts of ancient and modern literature, movies and comics. Some space is also given to the history of scientific discoveries, with the first drawings of the lunar surface by Thomas Harriot in 1609 and the direct observations using the telescope created by Galileo Galilei. To complete the exhibition is an overview of artworks (paintings, sculptures, photos and installations) showing how, from ancient times to the present, this bright star has constantly been at the centre of human beings’ collective imagination. The exhibition is open until 22nd July2019.

Above: “Private Moon”,  by Leonid Tishkov 2003 until now,  Collection of the artist and RAM radioartemobile © Léonid Tishkov