Usually forgotten in the official history of photography, Hercule Florence—a Nice-born inventor who discovered, in 1833’s Brazil, a photographic process completely independently from the European findings in the field—is introduced to the European public in “Hercule Florence: Le Nouveau Robinson”, which opened in March 17th at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM). Curated by Linda Fregi Nagler and Cristiano Raimondi, the exhibition also features works by Lucia Koch, Leticia Ramos (finalist in 2015) and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (finalist in 2014) especially commissioned by the show.
“Hercule Florence” brings together almost 400 works by the artist. Composed mostly by drawings and manuscripts, one of its highlights is the first photographic copy of the history of the Americas. Together, the objects convey the central theme of the exhibition: the revelation of Florence’s line of thought and modus operandi, expressed in the constant exercise of copy, tracing and reproduction—asides from photography (a word that, according to the researches, he was the first to coin), he also invented a system for the musical notation of bird songs called Zoophonia, and Polygraphia, a printing method based on the principles of photography.
The aim of the project is to give back this famous character its proper place in the history of culture, especially that of photography, while making a connection with the research of his peers, therefore offering an important step forward in the study of this complex figure through a thorough work on the origins of this technique.
“Hercule Florence: Le Nouveau Robinson”
Curated by Linda Fregi Nagler and Cristiano Raimondi
On view from March 17th to June 11th, 2017
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM)
Villa Paloma, 56, boulevard du Jardin Exotique
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