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<span class="chapeau">On June 16, 2017, the centenary of Irving Penn’s birth, the exhibition “Resonance. Photographs from the Pinault Collection” will open at Fotografiska in Stockholm. A close collaboration between Fotografiska and the Pinault Collection, the exhibition, which was previously presented at Palazzo Grassi in 2014, will be curated by Matthieu Humery.</span>
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<span class="alinea"></span>With his classic portraits, carefully composed still lifes, and ethnographic documents, Irving Penn (1917–2009) is one of the twentieth century’s most acclaimed and influential photographers, wielding an enduring influence on the development of the medium. A master of light and composition, Penn accorded equal importance to each subject, whether person or object, allowing it to play the lead against a simple background. Detailed studies of everyday objects, such as cigarette butts, paper cups, or pieces of bone, are portrayed with the same perfect harmony as haute couture, models and ordinary workmen.
<span class="alinea"></span>“Resonance” is a journey through Irving Penn’s imagery from the late 1940s to the mid 1990s. Penn was a photographic pioneer throughout his working life; his influence on the development of the medium is widely considered as definitive. In contrast to a “best of” exhibition, “Resonance” seeks to depict the eclecticism of Penn’s oeuvre. Embodying a comprehensive worldview, Penn was a portrayer of every aspect of life and events, seeking beauty in a pure composition. Portraits of famous cultural icons such as Salvador Dalí, Marlene Dietrich, and Alfred Hitchcock are presented alongside Penn’s still lifes of flowers and skulls and portraits of Moroccan women in burkas or of the indigenous people of New Guinea. Penn’s portraits of his Swedish wife, Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, are some of the highlights of the exhibition.
<span class="alinea"></span>Since its foundation in 2010, Fotografiska, an international meeting place for photography, has held more than 140 exhibitions featuring some of the major names in photography as well as a younger generation who explores new means of expression in photography and video art. In this context, it is essential to present this pioneer whose oeuvre has influenced the work of several generations of artists. It is with great pride that we welcome Irving Penn and the Pinault Collection to Fotografiska this summer.
<a href="http://www.palazzograssi.it/en/exhibitions/past/irving-penn-resonance/" target="_blank" class="scrolltext-link jquerylink">From April 13, 2014, to January 6, 2015, Palazzo Grassi presented “Irving Penn, Resonance”, an exhibition curated by Pierre Apraxine and Matthieu Humery and dedicated to one of the major photographers in the 20th century, Irving Penn.</a>
<i>Cottage Tulip: Sorbet</i>, New York, 1967<br>
Platinum-palladium print (printed in 1986), and Dye-transfer print (printed in 1987) — 56 × 66 cm — 42 × 44 cm
<i>Single Oriental Poppy (A)</i>, New York, 1968<br>
Platinum-palladium print and Dye-transfer (printed in 1987) — 46 × 55.5 cm — 56 × 66 cm