The story of Vivian Maier (New York, 1926 – Chicago, 2009), though unusual, is that of one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century.

This exhibition, previously unseen in Italy, tackles her work as a whole, through the major themes that structured her oeuvre between 1950 and the late 1980s.

The street is a place ripe for observation, because it is where everything happens. Maier had a predilection for the working-class neighbourhoods of the cities in which she lived: first New York, between 1951 and 1956, then Chicago, where she died in 2009.

She tirelessly explored these neighbourhoods and streets from every angle, venturing into this constant flow of human geography, its fabric transformed by anonymous individuals who simply follow one another or cross paths left and right. In this theatre of the ordinary, everyone unknowingly plays a role, becoming the protagonist if only for a fraction of a second.

In this exhibition the public is given access for the first time to the unseen archives belonging to the photographer. Juxtapositions and connections are brought to light by these new perspectives: vintage photographs taken by Maier, Super 8 and 16mm films that have never been shown.

The exhibition thus enables the public to grasp the full scope of the work of this great artist and to place her work in the history of photography.

The exhibition is supported by Women In Motion, a Kering program that shines a light on the talent of women in the fields of arts and culture.


The exhibition is being presented for the first time at the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, from 15 September 2021 to 16 January 2022, and was organized by diChroma and la Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais.

Musée du Luxembourg

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Friday 10 am – 7.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 6.00 pm
(last entry a hour before)

Special Opening

17th April 10am-9pm
18th April 10am-7pm
25th April 10am-7pm
1st May 10am-9pm
2nd June 10 am-7pm
24th June 10am-7pm


Full price: € 15
Concession: € 12 over 65, teachers, kids from 18 to 25, groups, members of the Alliance Française
Kids concession: € 6, kids from 12 to 17
Free: Abbonamento Musei Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta and Piemonte+Torino card, ICOM card, children under 12, disabled, MIC personnel, journalist accrediment with

Booking fee

Individual: € 1,50
Open ticket (no date): € 2,00

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