Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu
Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu

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Guided visits to the exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu

With Giovanni Bianchi, University of Padua.

First guided visit 11:15 a.m.
Second guided visit 12:30 p.m.
The exhibition

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.

Photo: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Simiane-la-Rotonde, France, 1969, gelatin silver print of 1973 © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. Magnum Photos.