The historical residence of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec celebrates its new opening with an exhibition on the two Japanese masters of photography.
Located in Boudreaux countryside, the Chateau Malromé is an imposing architecture in clear white stone that stand against an idillic background. Fallen into decay after World War Two, the propriety has been brought to its original splendor by the Huynh family, which invested in the preservation of the site historical heritage, revitalized the famous vineyards, and breathed new life into the place. With the aim to connect contemporary artists with Lautrec‘s legacy, the Huynh family organized a series of exhibitions that cross the boundaries of time and space to celebrate the uplifting and boundary-less value of art.
To inaugurate the recently renovated gallery space, the Chateau Malromé hosted a exhibition of two Japanese iconic photographers Noboyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama curated by Richard Lydier. Both photographers have a subtle understanding of human beings, push the obvious to the point of the unusual and have a deep understanding of the feminine universe. Those elements echo in Toulouse Lautrec’s paintings, which, given the time in which they were made, astonish for their extreme modernity. In front of Araki’s intimate photography one can see the same will of Toulouse-Lautrec of exploring sexuality, and sensitivity to the women’s raw beauty. The streets of Tokyo at night, the crowded bars and faded lights of the city captured by Moriyama evoke Lautrec‘s urban landscapes and cabarets’ interiors. The exhibition established a real dialogue between the three artists that crossed time and geographical borders, while breathing new life into the historical castle.