The exhibition

140 photos by the great Master Henri Cartier Bresson will be on show at Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, from the 11th March. We will be led into his world, look into the richness of each picture, testifying to his clear-headed and self-aware attitude towards his historical and sociological times.

"I’m just a nervous person, and I love painting."... "As to photography, I don’t understand anything about it" he used to say.

Not understanding anything about photography, also meant not developing his own shots: this is something he would leave to professional photographers. He didn’t want any editing of the negatives or of the frames: each photo must be judged on the photographer’s ability to catch the here and now, and on the portrayed subject’s immediate response.

According to Cartier-Bresson, the photographic technique is only a tool that should not prevail on nor upset the initial experience, which is the real time defining a work’s meaning and value.

Henri Cartier-Bresson never revises his pictures, there is no selection, it is either accept it or discard it. Nothing else. Hence, he is just right when he says he doesn’t understand anything about photography in a world which, conversely, has elevated this art to a tool of illusion par excellence.

His photos catch the contemporary nature of things and life. His shots testify to his clear and accurate perception and to the order of forms.

"To take a photograph means to recognize, simultaneously and within a fraction of a second‚ both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same target".

This exhibition aims to divulge Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photos and the way he used to work, like his constant search for contact with other people, in the most diverse places and circumstances. With his camera, while continuously seeking a surprise moment to bust our habits, or a moment of wonder to free our minds, he helps us be ready to grasp and glorify his work.

The venue

In over a century of history, the Gallery of Modern Art has gone through a long evolution towards increasing its collections by acquiring new pieces and, most of all, gaining credit as one of the most modern and vital cultural institutions in Palermo.

The museum boasts more than two hundred works of art, including both paintings and sculptures, distributed in fourteen thematic and monographic sections, illustrate the evolution of Italian figurative arts in the period between the 19th and the 20th centuries. They bear witness to the role that painters and sculptors of national renown played in Modernist Palermo.

Among the numerous masterpieces, it suffices to mention the large-scale paintings by Giuseppe Sciuti, the landscapes by Francesco Lojacono, the naturalist works by Antonio Leto, the art nouveau taste of the paintings by Ettore De Maria Bergler, and the beaming and glowing touch of the canvases by Giovanni Boldini. The intense season of the Novecento Italiano movement in the 20th century is presented through the works of artists like Massimo Campigli, Felice Casorati, Mario Sironi, Renato Guttuso, and Franz von Stuck, who succeeded in putting the atmosphere and distinctive signs of a genuinely European capital on canvas.

To experience your visit to the fullest, you can take advantage of various services provided for single visitors or groups. A wide range of educational activities have been specially designed for families and schools.

The architectural complex of Sant’Anna that hosts the Museum is fully accessible for physically impaired people.




Period: from 21st October 2017 to 25th February 2018

Location: Palermo, Galleria d'Arte Moderna. Via Sant'Anna, 21

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 am to 6:30pm
On Friday, open until 10:30 pm
Closed on Monday
Ticket office closes one hour earlier.

Visitors can buy a single ticket for just the temporary exhibition or a combined one to also visit the permanent collection.
Full price €10.00.
Reduced €7.00 for groups (minimum 15 people), visitors aged 19 to 25, and senior citizens (65 and older); holders of special discount cards (valid in Italy).
Free Admission for visitors under the age of 18, school groups plus 1 escort, differently-abled people and their escort, students of the Palermo School of Fine Arts, accredited journalists, ICOM members, tour guides.
Ticket Exhibition + Museum € 12.00.

Info and booking:
Phone +39 091 8431605
Guided visits for groups and schools

Civita Press Office

Antonio Gerbino
Phone +39 091 8431605; Mobile +39 335 413512

Barbara Izzo
Phone +39 06 692050220


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