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Discussing photography with New York collectors Sondra Gilman & Celso Gonzalez-Falla

Mid Morning Mix // Art & Culture // Jan. 31, 2018

Sondra Gilman explains her family's reaction to the first photographs she ever bought and Celso Gonzalez-Falla tells us that his photographs are like children; he couldn't possibly pick a favourite.

Photography collectors Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla discuss the exhibition The Beauty of Lines at the Musée de l'Elysee, on the Mid Morning Mix with Katt Cullen... 

  • Image: Walker Evans, Ossining, People in Summer, NY State Town, 1931 © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


The Beauty of Lines. Masterpieces from the Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla collection

The exhibition presents a selection of masterpieces from the history of photography, part of the collection of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla. Based in New York, their personal collection includes over 1500 original prints by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries; 150 prints are shown in this exhibition.

Through visual confrontations, the visitor is invited to experience the power of the photographic line through these sublime works. The photographs by Berenice Abbott, Robert Adams, Walker Evans, Rineke Dijkstra, Man Ray and Lee Friedlander, among others, thus resonate, beyond their historical temporality and geographic considerations, by their formal correspondences.

We talk to collectors Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla about the origins of such a collection, the nature of art and what made them open up their collection to the public and bring it to Europe for the first time. 

This beautiful exhibition takes place at the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne from 31 January to 6 May 2018

  • Stéphane Couturier, Barendrecht n° 1, 2004 © Stéphane Couturier, Courtesy La Galerie Particulière, Paris, Bruxelles


  • At Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez’s place © Ayline Olukman


  • Augusto Cantamessa, Breve Orizzonte, 1955 © Augusto Cantamessa, concession de Bruna Genovesio et Patrik Losano


Where:                       Musée de l'Elysée (Photographic Art)
                                   Avenue de l'Elysée 18
                                  1014 Lausanne

When:                        Tuesday to Sunday, 11am - 6pm
                                  January 31, 2018 - May 6, 2018





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