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Best known for his provocative and enigmatic images of Parisian life between the two world wars, the photographer Brassaï (born Gyula Halász) is one of the most prominent figures of twentieth-century photography. Called “the eye of Paris” by his friend Henry Miller, Brassaï’s work both celebrates and reveals the complexities and hidden sides of French society and culture.

This thematic survey of his career focuses on his celebrated depictions of 1930s Paris, where he photographed lovers, prostitutes, workers, and gatherings in cafés, bars, and dance halls with an intimate candor that’s still striking today. The exhibition also includes powerful portraits of his artist friends – Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Henri Matisse, among others – and the city’s creative avant-garde. Brassaï brings together outstanding prints of the artist’s best work along with many never-before-seen photographs.

Brassaï exibition is organized by Fundación MAPFRE in collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Major support for Brassaï is provided by The Bernard Osher Foundation.
Generous support is provided by Diana and Steve Strandberg.

photographs by Brassaï

From 17/11/2018 to 17/02/2019
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA
151 Third Street - Floor 3
CA 94103 San Francisco
United States

Opening hours : Open Friday–Tuesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. - Open Thursday 10 a.m.–9 p.m. - Closed Wednesday.