A TRIBUTE TO BRASSAI – ULTIMATE MASTER OF MAGIC MOMENTS
Brassaï (born Gyula Halász, 1899- 1984) created countless iconic images of 1930s Parisian life – he was particularly famous for capturing the grittier aspects of the city.
But his work also documented high society, including the ballet, opera, and intellectuals – among them his friends and contemporaries like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Henri Matisse.
Amsterdam’s Foam Museum celebrates this mastermind of the magic moment and traces his career with over 170 vintage prints, plus a selection of drawings, a sculpture and documentary material.
A journey through his provocative and enigmatic sceneries chronicles
the urban lifestyle of Paris as a true metropolis between the two world
Brassaï’s reputation rests on contributions to both commercial and
avant-garde photography. He was close to many pre-eminent artists of his
time – an enduring relationship with Picasso in particular yielded many
famous portraits of the artist, as well as important books.
His first photo-book, published in 1933 and entitled Paris de nuit
(published in English as Paris After Dark), remains the most famous
exploration of the city’s hidden underbelly, and is considered a classic
of early street photography. His series of photo-books of Paris
graffiti have also been hugely influential.
Brassaï (born Gyula Halász) was called “the eye of Paris” by his
friend Henry Miller, nodding to his fascination with discovering and
disecting the complexities and hidden sides of French society and
culture. Brassai’s intimate candor and tireless storytelling is still
This exhibition gathers a broad range of the artistic facets of the photographer, from photos to drawings of female nudes.
It is organized in twelve thematic sections: Paris by Day, and by
Night, Minotaure, Graffiti, Society, Places and Things, Personages,
Sleep, Pleasures, Body of a Woman, Portraits – Artists, Writers, Friends and The Street. Each is very different from the next – reflecting the diversity of Brassaï’s photographic work.