Jean Painlevé: Les pieds dans l’eau, 08 Jun 2022 — 18 Sep 2022

Jean Painlevé: Les pieds dans l’eau

Jeu de Paume hosts a solo exhibition by the film artist Jean Painlevé: Les pieds dans l'eau.

Jeu de Paume, 1, Place de la Concorde

Jeu de Paume presents the first exhibition devoted exclusively to the figure of Jean Painlevé. A filmmaker with an international reputation for his filmic experiments, the artist was a specialist in scientific documentary and film techniques.

Associated with the avant-garde, Painlevé uses film as an exploratory tool to reveal unknown and mysterious aspects of living organisms. He accompanies the viewer with a descriptive and informative description of the subjects under study, while in most of his films the images continually alternate between full-scale observations and microscopic analyses.

This exhibition places Painlevé’s work in the historical and scientific context of its creation, highlighting the importance of research in his work. Still inspiring many artists today, it finds its contemporary resonance in the way the films immerse the viewer in an undefined mental space which, between familiar experiences and dreamlike drift, is still able to destabilise our sense of reality today.



Contacts & Details
tue 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; wed, thu, fri, sat, sun 11:00 am – 7:00 pm


T: +33 1 47 03 12 50

Jeu de Paume, 1, Place de la Concorde

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