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Quicksilver Brilliance: Adolf de Meyer Photographs

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

4 Dec 2017 - 18 Mar 2018

A member of the ‘international set’ in fin-de-siècle Europe, Baron Adolf de Meyer (1868–1946) was also a pioneering photographer. This will be the first museum exhibition devoted to the artist in more than 20 years and the first ever at The Met. Some 40 works, drawn entirely from the museum’s collection, will demonstrate the impressive breadth of his career. The exhibition will include dazzling portraits of well-known figures of his time including; socialite Rita de Acosta Lydig; aristocrat Lady Ottoline Morrell; and celebrated entertainer Josephine Baker, among others. A highlight of the exhibition will be an exceptional book documenting Nijinsky’s scandalous 1912 ballet L’Après-midi d’un faune. This rare album represents de Meyer’s great success in capturing the movement and choreography of dance, a breakthrough in the history of photography. Find out more about the ‘Quicksilver Brilliance’ exhibition from the Met’s website.

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Plate from Le Prelude à l’Après-Midi d’un Faune, (1914), Adolf de Meyer. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Plate from Le Prelude à l’Après-Midi d’un Faune, (1914), Adolf de Meyer. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rita de Acosta Lydig (ca. 1917), Adolf de Meyer. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rita de Acosta Lydig (ca. 1917), Adolf de Meyer. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Josephine Baker (1925–26), Adolf de Meyer. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Josephine Baker (1925–26), Adolf de Meyer. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Etienne de Beaumont (ca. 1923), Adolf de Meyer. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Etienne de Beaumont (ca. 1923), Adolf de Meyer. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Shadows on the Wall. “Crysanthemums" (ca. 1906), Adolf de Meyer. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Shadows on the Wall. “Crysanthemums” (ca. 1906), Adolf de Meyer. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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