Duesseldorf: Myth Tour de France

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Ehrenhof 2
40479 Düsseldorf

The exhibition Mythos Tour de France lasts until July 30, 2017.Sabine-2 (Large)Sabine2-Bearbeitet (Large)

For her long-term project „Allez le Tour“ my friend Nicola Mesken has been photographing fans on the fringes of the route Tour the France for twelve years now. Using an analogue compact camera and black-and-white film she documents life on the fringes of the route and shows the fans’ quiet moments – sitting on their folding chairs, preparing breakfast, or playing Scrabble to make the waiting time pass more quickly.

 

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Nicola Mesken (left) about the approach of her Tour de France photography. Photo: Enric Boixadós

An international group exhibition showcases till July 30, 2017 the powerful imagery of the most important bicycle race in the world. It features portraits of cyclists, film documentaries, installations, landscape shots and mood images. The exhibition spans more than 80 years of Tour history with over 120 works by 20 international artists. It is shining a light on the tumultuous history of the Tour de France, showing its splendour and its more shady aspects and demonstrate how sporting events and image events are interdependent.

Beside Nicola Mesken there are works by Otto Berchem, Robert Capa, Laurent Cipriani, Andreas Gursky, Harry Gruyaert, Martin Höfer, Philipp Hympendahl, Richard Kalvar, Timm Kölln, Kraftwerk, Guy Le Querrec, Louis Malle, Reinhard Mucha, Pascal Rivet, Kai Schäfer, Paul Smith, Olaf Unverzart, Stephan Vanfleteren and John Vink.

Here you see an approach of Nicola Mesken’s work. It is an impressive testimony of sticking to a long planned project as well as ambition and courage. During 7 minutes the film will take you in an unknown world of both: the unconditional love to photography and the hard, often cruel challenges of a sport event which is unique on our planet.

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If you cannot get enough of the pics and impressions: Get Nico’s art book „Allez le tour“. It is in English, French, German and Spanish. You can order here!

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Nicola Mesken with Allez le tour! Follow her on Instagram! And on Facebook!