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A Jewish Childhood – Lunch with Linda and Fascinating Experience with Photos at the Jeu De Paume Museum
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 21:34

On Thursday, I had a wonderful lunch with my friend, Linda, at her health club. We were able to catch up for the past year. The amazing thing was when we first met in 2008, her son was to become a Bar Mitzvah the following June. I was invited and attended in June 2009, and June has been my time in Paris ever since. Her son is now 18 and will be going on to school in London. My mother used to say, tempus fugit.

After lunch, a stroll past Cartier, Lalique, where I had to go in just to see what beautiful glass would catch my eye this trip. There were many beautiful things but none to bring home.

Then on to Jeu De Paume, the museum that used to house “modern” painting which is now housed in Mussee D’Orsay, which I will go to later to see the Van Gogh/Artaud exhibit.

Jeu de Paume has become one of my favorites. I always discover photographers I didn’t know about prior to my visits. This time, the featured photographers are: Kati Horna and Oscar Munoz.

Kati Horna, born Katalin Deutsch Blau, in 1912 in Slasbalhasi, Hungary 1912 and died in Mexico 2000. She moved to Berlin and fled there in 1930 when the first Nazi persecutions in Hungary occurred, because of what the brochure calls her “Jewish origins.” In 1937 she meets Jose Horna, the Andalucian anarchist, who became her life partner.  

Kati Horna says regarding her art, “You have to strip away the excess in order to reach the essential in the image.” She tackled war photography, mastered avant-garde experimental techniques and melded these into her work. She documented the Mexican Literary figures and artistic scene including dancing, theater, traditions and architecture.

"The camera is not an impediment. It is oneself," "With its various possibilities, photography allows you to reveal, liberate and develop your own sensibility which you can express in graphic images." She also notes, "The framing allows you to reclaim your essence."In 1962, she wrote "In my photos I try to capture the unexpected side of architecture. The fantasy that can only exist by being trapped between the lines. That's the only way I feel I can do justice to the architect and his work, and I think I provide a genuine account of it...Every form is animated by a magical image accounting." Click here: Kati Horna - AOL Image Search Results

When she left first Budapest, then Berlin, ultimately settling in Paris. She traveled around Republican Spain, and when the Second World War broke out, she immigrated to Mexico.

Horna was inspired by collage, photomontage, as illustrated by the Bauhaus, Surrealism and Neue Schlichkeit She always presented a dialog between experimentation and political events. This exhibit shows us around 150 images.

Between 1958 and 1963 Horna taught photography classes at the Universidad Iberoamericana, and, ran a photography workshop at the Nation of Arts from 1973 until the end of her life in 2000.  

I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to an interesting artist and thank you for reading My Jewish Childhood Blog and traveling along with me.