Henri Cartier-Bresson at Centre Pompidou in Paris

From February 12, 2014 to June 09, 2014
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson at Centre Pompidou in Paris

    Henri Cartier-Bresson at Centre Pompidou in Paris

    © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson at Centre Pompidou in Paris 19 Rue Beaubourg 75004 Paris fr

Through more than five hundred photographs, drawings, paintings, films and documents,the Centre Pompidou is devoting a completely new retrospective to the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson: the first in Europe since the artist’s death. The public are invited to journey through over seventy years of work that established the photographer as a key figure in modernity.

The exhibition reveals his work far beyond the “decisive moment” that long sufficed to sum uphis genius for composition and skill in capturing movement. Ten years after his death, now that the thousands of prints he left to posterity have been brought together by the foundation that bears his name, the exhibition proposes a genuine reinterpretation of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work.

The man known as «the eye of the century» was one of the great witnesses of our history.The Centre Pompidou retrospective illustrates the depth and variety of his work and his wide-ranging career as a photographer – one that covered Surrealism, the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, decolonisation and the Cold War.

The exhibition features the photographer’s iconic pictures, but also puts the spotlight on lesser-known images. It reassesses a number of little-known photo reports, brings to light collectionsof paintings and drawings, and focuses on Cartier-Bresson’s forays into the world of film.

Both chronological and thematic, the circuit is structured around three main viewpoints:

  • the period between 1926 and 1935, marked by his contact with the Surrealists, his early work as a photographerand his travels all over the world
  • a second section devoted to Cartier-Bresson’s political commitment when he returned from the US in 1936 until he set off for New York again in 1946
  • a third sequence opening with the creation of Magnum Photos in 1947 and finishing with the early Seventies,when Cartier-Bresson stopped doing photo reports

Opening times

Exhibitions are open from 11.00 amto 9.00 pm every day except Tuesdays.
Late night opening until 11.00 pm every day except Tuesdays.

Admission fees and rates

  • Full rate: €11 - €13
  • Reduced rate: €9 - €10
  • Valid the same day for the musée national d’art moderne and all exhibitions

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