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NÎMES, MUSÉE DU VIEUX NÎMES

TATTOOS

FROM THE CHARLES PERRIER COLLECTION

25 June - 27 October

10H00 - 18H00

In 2014, the Musée du Vieux Nîmes organized Objectifs Nîmes, a show devoted to its large photography collection. A particularly interesting picture by Charles Bernheim commemorated Charles Perrier handing his seminal work Les Criminels over to the museum. Published in 1900, the book is the outcome of a study Perrier did from 1896 to 1899 of the population of the Nîmes House of Correction. Perrier amassed a huge amount of anthropomorphic data—nationality, ethnic origin, profession, religion, distinguishing features. He analyzed, classified, studied and photographed inmates, taking a special interest in their tattoos, which were precisely rendered by drawings and photographs. A show about late 19th and early 20th-century prison life, Tattoos draws from working documents, correspondence, original drawings, photographs and glass plates Perrier gave the Musée du Vieux Nîmes.

25 June - 27 October 2019
Exhibition accessible on presentation of the Rencontres d’Arles 2019 pass.

Exhibition curator: Aleth Jourdan.