the former Hôtel-Dieu welcomes a Luxembourg photographer

the former Hôtel-Dieu welcomes a Luxembourg photographer

Since 1970, Arles has been the city where photography enthusiasts like to meet during the summer. The Rencontres d’Arles are taking place this year, from July 4 to September 25. For several years, Luxembourg photographers have taken their place at the photography festival. This year, the photographer Romain Urhausen is honored by Lëtz’Arles. The Luxembourg heir couple and the Prime Minister attended the inauguration of the exhibition.

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The Luxembourg inherited couple at the opening of the photographic exhibition of Romain Urhausen in Arles

The exhibition Romain Urhausen in his time opened to the public on Monday July 4, in Arles. The opening of the exhibition took place on Wednesday July 6, in the presence of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, as well as the Minister of Culture, Sam Tanson, were also present at the opening, as were the Ambassador of Luxembourg in France and the authorities of Arles.

The Prime Minister Xavier Bettel delivered a face-to-face speech to Guillaume and Stéphanie de Luxembourg, in the court of Van Gogh in Arles (Photo: Olivier Quérette – Ektadoc)

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For several years, Lëtz’Arles has been supporting photographers from Luxembourg or those linked to Luxembourg, by taking them to Arles, where the famous Rencontres de la photographie are held. The artist selected this year is the photographer Romain Urhausen.

“Pioneer, passionate, facetious and prolific, he embraced a wide variety of subjects: daily life, working people, the urban landscape, the nude, the self-portrait… His curiosity led him to experiment constantly, both in the themes to be photographed than by the techniques to be favored », explains Lëtz’Arles. The exhibition brings together 100 photographs by the artist and around fifty photographs by his French and German peers.

The Grand Duke inherited Guillaume and the Grand Duchess inherited Stéphanie at the opening of the exhibition “Romain Urhausen in his time” in Arles (Photo: @marianobocanegra)

The Prime Minister and the Minister of Culture gave a speech in the flower gardens of the Espace Van Gogh, in front of the Luxembourg heir couple. Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie grants her high patronage to Lëtz’Arles.

Lëtz’Arles takes artists linked to the Grand Duchy to Arles every year (Photo: Romain Girtgen – CNA)

The Espace Van Gogh, located in the historic center of Arles, hosted a hospital until the 20th century, the Hôtel-Dieu. One of the best-known patients of this charitable establishment was Vincent Van Gogh, who depicted him in several paintings. This is the first time that the artists sent by Lëtz’Arles exhibit in this place. In previous editions, Luxembourg photographers took over the Chapelle de la Charité.

Nicholas Fontaine

Chief Editor

Nicolas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After having been a copywriter and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media, he specialized in royalty news. Nicolas is now editor-in-chief of Histoires royales. nicolas@historiesroyales.fr


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