The Expert Eye: contemporary photography
Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
In December 2016, François Cheval will step down from his job as director of the musée Nicéphore Niépce. It is an opportunity to review twenty five years of an unprecedented acquisitions policy in terms of contemporary photography.
The museum could never be referred to as a place for keeping old works of art, pieces from those with "established" pedigrees. On the contrary, it has always taken its role in supporting creation very seriously. It has hosted artist residencies, constituted bodies of work that provide a comprehensive overview of the careers of many artists, it has produced prints in tandem with the photographers themselves, it has set up artistic projects in the town of Chalon, and these choices opened the collections up to a reflection on the world and the medium through the expert eye of the artist.
Curated by François Cheval
Installation view: JH Engström, "Trying to Dance" (2003) © musée Nicéphore Niépce / Carole Cieslar