Ré Soupault
The Eye of the Avant-garde

24.07.2015 – 04.10.2015

Ré Soupault (1901–1996) was a Bauhaus student, fashion, photographer, translator, essayist – and felt at home in all the major art capitals of the world.

After completing her studies at the Bauhaus she first lived in Berlin. In 1925 she met Man Ray and Fernand Léger in Paris, married the painter and Dadaist Hans Richter in 1926. She was divorced after a short marriage. In 1937 she married the Surrealist Philippe Soupault. As a couple they were from then on considered the most important instigators of the 1930s and 1940s in Paris. During her escape from the Nazis in 1942, Ré Soupault lost her entire photographic archive in Tunis. On adventurous paths many years later, she got back 1,400 negatives and around 500 vintage photos.

Since then the works of Ré Soupault rank among the most significant contributions to the history of photography in the 20th century.
In the largest ever comprehensive retrospective of the Bauhaus student Ré Soupault’s work, the Zeppelin Museum shows a total of 183 photos, 50 photographic works of which have never been made available to the public.



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