Dioramas: The Dream of Forms

Palais de Tokyo


14 JUN 2017 - 10 SEP 2017
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In summer 2017, Palais de Tokyo will be staging "Dioramas", an exhibition that explores the diorama as an unexpected source of inspiration for contemporary art. At the crossroads of art, cinema and theater, this cross-disciplinary exhibition is the first large survey to recontextualize the diorama with a renewed approach to the history of spectactorship, including the influence of science and technology on popular culture, fun fairs and exhibitions. Honoré de Balzac promoted the diorama as “the marvel of the century” (1). Following the tradition of 17th century magic lanterns, the invention of the diorama in the 19th century played a crucial role in the history of visual culture and mass spectacle.

Visitor Reviews

H. Timothy

H. Timoth...

Super set-up
22 Aug, 2017

I didn't know there was such a story to tell about dioramas, and it was told in a really fun and dynamic way. As good a show for lovers as it is for the family!

H. Ger

H. Ger

Surprising show curated with style
20 Aug, 2017

Very informative, surprising theme. Lots of great works. Excellent scenography. Loved the experience.