The Family of Man

The photo exhibition "The Family of Man" has been granted UNESCO world heritage status. The collection consists of 503 photographs by 273 photographers from 68 different countries, compiled by Edward Steichen for the "Museum of Modern Art" in New York (MoMA). The exhibition, first presented in 1955, is a manifesto for peace and the fundamental equality of all people, represented by post-war humanist photography. Images by photographers such as Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, August Sander, and Dorothea Lange are arranged in a spectacular, modernist display.

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„The Family of Man“ – eine einmalige Fotoausstellung in Luxemburg

„The Family of Man“ ist bekannt als die „größte Fotoausstellung aller Zeiten“. Sie wurde in den 1950er Jahren von dem amerikanischen Fotografen und Leiter der Fotoabteilung des „Museum of Modern Art“, Edward Steichen konzipiert.

Nach einer zehnjährigen Weltreise wurde die Ausstellung 1964 dem Großherzogtum Luxemburg angeboten. Seit Mitte der 1990er Jahre ist sie dauerhaft im Schloss Clervaux ausgestellt. Dabei wurde die historische Anordnung der Fotografien von 1955 berücksichtigt. Seit 2003 ist die Ausstellung Teil des UNESCO Weltdokumentenerbes.

Showing the universality of human experience through photography

"The Family of Man" paints a portrait of humanity and emphasises that people are part of one big family, without concealing the differences. The images deal with 37 different themes such as love, belief in humankind, birth, work, family, education, children, war, and peace. Steichen's intention was to show the universality of human experience and emotions on the one hand, but also the enormous capacity of photography to reveal these similarities and communicate them to a broad public on the other hand.

Since its creation, "The Family of Man" has attracted more than 10 million visitors, becoming part of the history of photography as a legendary exhibition.

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Visit The Family of Man in Clervaux

The exhibition is opened from wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 - 18:00.
Guided tours possible outside of the opening hours on request (Wednesday to Sunday)

Entrance fee: € 6 / reduced rate: € 4 / Free up to 21 years of age

Entrance fee includes use of a multimedia guide.


The Family of Man
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Francesca Vantellini, the artist behind the annual closure

After the thousands of visitors’ footsteps, the lone steps of Francesca Vantellini reverberate in the showrooms of The Family of Man.

Portrait of Francesca

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