On July 21, 1969, 2:56 UTC, Neil Alden Armstrong (US, 1930-2012) sets foot on the moon for the very first time, making an end to the yearlong Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Now exactly 50 years later FOMU revisits this alien tipping point. This photographic exploration researches how our biggest satellite kept appealing to our imagination.
Both exhibition and publication are devided in three chapters, each
exploring a different timeframe. From the first photographic glance
towards the moon shortly after photograpy’s invention, through to the
key year 1969 and the Cold War period, we end with a contemporary view
on that elusive white disc on our firmament.
Curators: Maarten Dings (NL) and Joachim Naudts (FOMU)
Image: Maurice Loewy, Atlas photographique de la lune, plaat [VI, IX of XII] (Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht, Kaart: *VII*.S.a.16).