Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu

Palazzo Grassi presents  Henri Cartier-Bresson. Le Grand Jeu, co-organised with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and in partnership with the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Based on a project conceived and coordinated by Matthieu Humery, the exhibition looks at how the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 – 2004) is viewed by five different curators, focusing particularly on the ‘Master Collection’, a selection of 385 images that the artist himself chose in the early 1970s, upon the request of his friends and collectors Jean and Dominique de Menil, as the most significant of his work. Today there are five copies of this extraordinary set.

Photographer Annie Leibovitz, film director Wim Wenders, writer Javier Cercas, the General Conservator and Director of the Prints and Photography Department of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Sylvie Aubenas, and collector François Pinault have been invited to select fifty works each from the original ‘Master Collection’.

Through their selection, each curator shares his or her vision of this major artist’s photography and work. The scope of this unique project is thus to renew and enrich our view on Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work through the respective ones of five personalities.
The exhibition will be presented at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, in Paris, in spring 2021.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu is a great exhibition project and also an unrepeatable volume consisting of two parts: the first presents the personal choice of each of the curators, accompanied by a text written for the occasion; the second presents the whole of the Master Set as it was assembled by Cartier-Bresson. This unprecedented volume thus constitutes the most personal, and indeed the most authoritative panorama of his oeuvre yet published.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu
22/03/2020 – 10/01/2021
Venice, Italy

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Marsilio (June 23, 2020)
Language: English
Size: 10.2 x 12.5 inches
Weight: 1.7 pounds
ISBN-13: 978-8829704200
ISBN-10: 8829704202

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) was born in Chantelou-en-Brie, France. He initially studied painting and began photographing in the 1930s. Cartier-Bresson cofounded Magnum in 1947. In the late 1960s he returned to his original passion, drawing. In 2003 Cartier-Bresson established the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, one year before his death.

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