The Bibliothèque nationale de France presents “Henri Cartier-Bresson. Le Grand Jeu”, an exhibition co-organised with the Pinault Collection-Palazzo Grassi
in collaboration with the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. This project, designed and coordinated by Matthieu Humery, contrasts five invited curator’s views of the “Master Collection”, a selection Henri Cartier Bresson made from the contact sheets dating from the early 1970s, at the request of his friends Jean and Dominique de Menil, founders of the Menil Collection in Houston.
Over the space of two years the photographer selected what he considered the 385 most significant images of his oeuvre, his visual testament. The prints were made under his supervision by Picto laboratories, with whom he always worked. Today, there are 5 copies of this exceptional set, one of which is owned by the BnF and one by the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation.
The photographer Annie Leibovitz, the film-maker Wim Wenders, the writer Javier Cercas, the head of the Prints and Photography department at the BnF, Sylvie Aubenas, and the collector François Pinault were each invited to choose about fifty images from this “Master Collection”. Through their choices and the display, each curator shares and contrasts her or his vision of this major artist. This project offers a discovery of the panorama of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s oeuvre through the different perspectives suggested by five expert gazes.
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