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Dancing in the Street Peter Knapp et la Mode - Années 1960-1970

March 9 through June 10, 2018 - Cité de la Mode et du Design

Peter Knapp was not just a witness to this incredible era; he was part and parcel of recording this new world in pictures. With him, girls take height, futuristic silhouettes dazzle us, and designer boots jog through the streets of Paris. A privileged witness to the early days of Yves Saint-Laurent, the bold moves of André Courrèges, and the radical chic of Emanuel Ungaro, Peter Knapp revolutionized fashion photography, borrowing from the visual language of the avant-garde and the world of cinema.

Open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Closed on Tuesdays
Full price: 5€ - Discounted admission: 4€ - Free for children under 12 


DANCING IN THE STREET, PETER KNAPP ET LA MODE, 1690-1970 

It resonates like a little slap, a snapping of fingers...Knapp! Depending on one’s generation, he is reminiscent of Dim Dam Dom, the cult TV show of the 1960s, or of Elle magazine, and for others, he is a benchmark in graphic design or is closely associated with the New Realists. More than anything, it was the photographs that made the man. With Peter Knapp, girls take flight, futuristic silhouettes dazzle us, and designer boots jog through the streets of Paris. The time is right. The decades of the 60s and ‘70s are, in terms of fashion and in mood, synonymous with freedom and creativity. The photographer is not just a witness to this incredible era; he is part and parcel of recording this new world in pictures. Whether it was for couture houses (André Courrèges, Emanuel Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, among others) or for magazines (Elle, Stern, Vogue...), Peter Knapp mastered the art of what was required. He accepted constraints and followed all that Paris offered in terms of innovation, sometimes even of irreverence.

The «Dancing in the Street - Peter Knapp and Fashion, 1960-1970» exhibit offers us the chance to discover, through nearly a hundred images, most of which have never been on display, one of the most imaginative collections that fashion photography produced during that period.

Audrey Hoareau (www.the-red-eye.fr) Co-curator of the show 

www.peterknapp.ch


AN ARTS OUTREACH - THE APP

As part of “Dancing in the Street, Peter Knapp and Fashion 1960-1970”, the Cité has entrusted Fixioneers studio with the creation of an app designed to accompany the visitor throughout the exhibit. The creative process, background, transformations, archive images...imagined in collaboration with Peter Knapp and François Cheval, the app is also a complement to any visit, and offers unique content. A real audio guide through the exhibit and a selection of video fragments and images that reach beyond the main body of the show allow visitors to explore the photographer’s universe. Artworks are described and deciphered by Peter Knapp and François Cheval.


AN OFF-SHOW EXHIBIT ON THE ESPLANADE OF THE GARE DE LYON in partnership with SNCF Gares & Connexions

From Thursday, March 8 through Monday, April 30, 2018, Free admission

As an extension of the show at the Cité, the photographs of Peter Knapp cross the Seine and set up shop on the esplanade of the Gare de Lyon. Two series are on display here: one created in Saintes Maries de la Mer, where models are at the beach, in front of modules created by designer Slavik, or, in front of walls. This is fashion that’s all about graphical, fresh lines. Another series features the streets of Paris by night. As a contrast to the previous series, it highlights the city with blurred and light effect. In black and white, these two series from the early 1960s are reminiscent of travel, and, Gare de Lyon oblige, leaving for sunnier climes. 


PETER KNAPP, FASHION AND BEYOND: TWO TALKS AT IFM

PETER KNAPP, A MULTIFACETED BODY OF WORK - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., in the auditorium at the IFM, 5€ participation fee

Though Peter Knapp has received real recognition for his fashion photography, it remains the case that his body of work has taken on various forms. The man has been, and remains, a painter, illustrator, graphic artist, artistic director, and filmmaker. In all these elds, Peter Knapp has developed an approach that favors lines and the sensuality of materials. He’s more than just a gifted student of the Swiss school who
skillfully combines geometry and a clean aesthetic. His arrival in France matched his need to unify thought and esh, reality and poetry. This unique vision of the autonomous nature of the world of images, their construction, and their consequences will be presented by Peter Knapp during this talk. 

PETER KNAPP, 1960 – 1970: TWO DECADES OF FASHION - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the auditorium at the IFM, 5€ participation fee

Starting in 1960, Peter Knapp held the post of artistic director for Elle magazine. In charge of its graphical direction, he modernized it, inspired by Alexey Brodovitch and Henry Wolf. A new visual language was henceforth promoted by Elle, resonating with the modern spirit of the times. From then on, Peter Knapp stamped his signature on new media such as television (Dim Dam Dom 1965-1968). In the 1970s, he worked
with Italian, American, or German magazines. His abilities as a graphic designer and his typographical knowledge allowed him to direct projects as diverse as a contemporary art collection for the Centre George Pompidou, or the artistic direction of Décoration Internationale (1983).

Why did publishers and the media feel the need to call upon his signature style? What are its fundamental aspects? Have these evolved over time, and do they still have an impact on current publications? 


Curators: François Cheval and Audrey Hoareau (The Red Eye) Scénography: Vasken Yéghiayan

Book: Dancing in the Street, Peter Knapp et la mode, Peter Knapp and François Cheval, Editions du Chêne, available for sale at the entrance of the show, in bookshops, and on websites that offer online purchase of publications. 


EXHIBITION « Dancing in the Street, Peter Knapp an Fashion 1960-1970 »

Friday, March 9 – Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Open daily, except Tuesdays.
www.citemodedesign.fr/dancing-... 

Entrance fees - Full price: 5 € - Discount price: 4 € for unemployed individuals, ages 12-18, university students, seniors, groups of over 10 persons Free admission: for least than 12 years

App with audio guide & visual content: “Peter Knapp”, available for free download on the App Store and Google Play. 

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