Brassaï Brassaï


An exhibition of photographs by Hungarian photographer Brassaï at the Museum Berggruen in Berlin.

Graffito aus der Serie “Masken und Gesichter,” o. D. (1935–1956) via Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

In September 2011, the Museum Berggruen in Berlin will be closing its doors for renovation until June 2012. What will you see if you visit now before it closes down? Yes. An exhibition of photographs by Hungarian photographer Brassaï.

Brassaï is best known for his night shots of Paris circa 1930’s. Ever thought he’d make you see Georges Braque gesturing to a cow? No. I thought not.

Georges Braque in Varengeville (Normandie), 1949 via Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The National Gallery is dedicating a double exhibition to Brassaï. In the Museum Berggruen, Brassaï’s portrait and studio shots invite viewers to step into the world of artist friends Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti and Braque.

Henri Matisse in seinem Pariser Atelier in der Villa d’Alésia, Paris, Juni 1939; Picasso und Der Redner von 1937 Atelier Rue des Grands Augustins, Paris, 1939; Georges Braque an seinem Arbeitstisch in der Rue du Douanier, Paris, 1946 via Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Meanwhile, in the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, the focus is on markings scribbled on walls and the sides of buildings. Graffiti photographs, if you will. They seem like messages from distant worlds, alien markings of alien faces.

Graffito aus der Serie “Magie,” o. D. (1935–1950)

Which of the two do you prefer? I think I’d go for the studio portraits, but that’s just me.

Brassaï Brassaï
In the Studio and on the Street
Open until Sunday, 28th August 2011
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written by webo29 on 2011-06-23 #news #museum #graffiti #berlin #b-w #exhibition #artists #brassai

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