Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times. Photo courtesy of The Musée de l’Elysée.
The late, great Charlie Chaplin has been hailed as an iconic figure of world cinema for many years now, remembered and celebrated by institutions such as our own (the 41st Charlie Chaplin Award Gala will take place on April 28, honoring the career of Rob Reiner). And now we are pleased to announce that Jaeger-LeCoultre has invited the Musée de l’Elysée, one of the world’s leading photography museums, to showcase an exhibition at the Film Society dedicated to Chaplin’s long-lasting career.
Taking place in the Furman Gallery from April 25 to May 4, the exhibition was inspired by Chaplin’s famous Little Tramp character, now celebrating its 100th year in existence (having originated with the 1914 short, Kid Auto Races at Venice). The Musée de l’Elysée, the custodian for the Charlie Chaplin photographic archive, will present a selection of images that celebrate Chaplin’s most famous character. And that's not all: the exhibition will be inaugurated in the presence of Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter, Carmen Chaplin.
“The Chaplin photographic collection contains about 10,000 photographs and negatives,” explains Sam Stourdzé, director of the Musée de l’Elysée. “In the context of this unique exhibition at the Film Society of Lincoln Center,” he continues, “we have the privilege to present iconic images selected for the occasion.”
If you find yourself near the Film Society this Spring, be sure to stop by the Furman Gallery, located directly across the lobby from the Walter Reade theater. Admission is free for this event, which encourages us all to reminisce about an artist very much made for modern times.