In Rome, an exhibition pays homage to Le Chat Noir

An exhibition celebrating Le Chat Noir and shadow shows opens today at Villa Torlonia in Rome.

An exhibition curated by Cesare Nissirio and Maria Grazia Massafra,"The chat noir and shadow theaters in Paris. Influence on illustrative art between the 19th and 20th centuries."

Until October 1, 2017, visitors will be able to see posters from the Rodolphe Salis collection, the famous founder of the well-known Montmartre cabaret"Le Chat Noir," magic lanterns, plates, photos, books, magazines, lithographs, illustrated postcards and decorated plates: a vintage paper pre-cinema belonging to the Parisian Museum in Rome.

Shadow shows were fashionable in the late 19th century: they were held at various cabarets and theaters including Le Chat Noir. Projections of Chinese shadows revisited by some leading French artists were presented, including Henri Rivière, Adolphe Willette, Caran d’Ache, and Louis Morin.

Source: press release

Image: Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Tournée du Chat Noir (1896, color lithograph, 40 × 62 cm; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)

In Rome, an exhibition pays homage to Le Chat Noir
In Rome, an exhibition pays homage to Le Chat Noir

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