André Kertész
The Hungarian National Museum, Budapest
from 30 September 2011
until 31 December 2011
Extramural

There has never been a proper retrospective of the work of André Kertész (Budapest, 1894–New York, 1985) in Europe, even though he donated all his negatives to the French state. And yet he is one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, both for the richness of his body of work and for the sheer longevity of his career.

For the first time, this show will bring together a sizeable ensemble of prints and original documents covering the different periods of Kertész’s life and artistic career. It will reveal how Kertész developed a genuine poetics of photography – what he himself called “a real photographic language.” The display will highlight the autonomy of each photograph, while at the same time indicating the presence of series or recurring themes (for example, the distortions, the buildings of New York, the chimneys, and solitude).




Curators: Michel Frizot et Annie-Laure Wanaverbecq


The Hungarian National Museum
Múzeum krt. 14-16, 1088 Budapest
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