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Hisham Matar with Man Sleeping Along the Seine

Episode 13 of 30

Radio 3 presents a radiophonic art exhibition, as 30 of the world’s most creative minds choose their favourite work from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ep13, Hisham Matar

Art critic Alastair Sooke, in the company of some of the leading creatives of our age, continues his deep dive into the stunning works in the Museum of Modern Art's collection, whilst exploring what it really means “to see” art.

Today's edition features Art critic Alastair Sooke, in the company of some of the leading creatives of our age, continues his deep dive into the stunning works in the Museum of Modern Art's collection, whilst exploring what it really means “to see” art.

Today's edition features Hisham Matar , the American born British-Libyan writer whose memoir of the search for his father, The Return, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. He has chosen a photograph by Hungarian–French photographer Brassaï, which is biographic in its own way, featuring a man sleeping by the River Seine, taken in 1932. What inspiration will the award-winning novelist take from this image?

Producer: Tom Alban

Main Image: Brassaï (Gyula Halász), Man Sleeping Along the Seine (Homme endormi au bord de la Seine),
1932. Gelatin silver print, 11 5/8 x 9 1/8" (29.6 x 23.2 cm). David H. McAlpin Fund, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2526.1967. © Estate Brassaï-RMN

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