Exhibition "The Bitter Years" - Waassertuerm


The Bitter Years at the Waassertuerm

The Bitter Years is the last exhibition by the famous photographer Edward Steichen curated as the Director of the Photography Department of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. It is a testimony to documentary photography, featuring over 200 images from one of the largest collective projects in the history of photography: the documentation of rural America during the Great Depression by the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Fifty years after its opening at MoMA, The Bitter Years has now found a permanent home in Dudelange, Luxembourg, on the site of a former steel mill, in the stunning Waassertuerm, an old water tower, next to the Centre national de l'audiovisuel (CNA). Wishing to create a lively platform for discussion and creation around the heritage collection, the CNA combines Steichen's selection of FSA images with temporary photographic exhibitions shown at Pomhouse, the former pumping station adjacent to the water tower. Waassertuerm and Pomhouse thus form a space of dialogue between the historic collection and contemporary image making.

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Wed  12h00 - 18h00
Thu  12h00 - 18h00
Fri  12h00 - 18h00
Sat  12h00 - 18h00
Sun  12h00 - 18h00


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