teNeues opens flagship store at La Hune in Paris
For many years now, the art of photography has enjoyed increasing popularity, and has long taken an established place as one of the fine arts. Art collectors and aficionados discovered this market long ago, and extraordinary originals now command extremely high prices. This is understandable, as the photographic record of a moment is an artifact that is often difficult to part with. High-quality illustrated books of the type published with great care by teNeues have the self-proclaimed goal of giving a wider audience access to the fascinating works without compromising artistic quality. Since November 2015, visitors have finally been able to experience all these facets of photographic art in one place. Our new flagship store in Paris, where we continue the legend of its historic location. In 1949, La Hune opened its doors amidst the fascinating center of postwar intellectual life, right on the Left Bank of the Seine. Even then, two beautiful art forms united behind the historic walls: literature in the form of a bookstore and painting, represented by the connected art gallery.
La Hune’s then-Director Bernard Gheerbrant – a major art collector and lover of contemporary literature – initially exhibited engravings, lithographs and paintings. In addition, the gallery was one of the first in Paris to feature photography. La Hune soon became a stronghold of the twentieth-century literary and cultural scene as well as a meeting point for artists, writers and intellectuals ranging from Max Ernst to Jean-Paul Sartre, from André Breton to Pablo Picasso. This tradition is now being continued. Under the auspices of Vincent Eschalier, the famous architect and designer, and collaborator Gesa Hansen, a modern identity was found for the old cultural landmark. It is a fitting and respectful tribute to this legendary location, home to so much history. The ground floor houses the teNeues bookstore, with an exclusive selection of limited-edition photography titles and illustrated books. The second floor features the Fine Art Gallery, which will highlight monographic exhibits from major names of the international photography scene. Now as before, the location is devoted entirely to the appreciation of photography and invites artists, collectors and bibliophiles to be inspired and to browse, collect and interact.