Turismo Madrid

Berenice Abbott. Retratos de la Modernidad

The peculiar look of this mythical photographer, pioneer and audacious, is reflected in the 185 images of the exhibition, which is presented in the Fundación MAPFRE Recoletos Exhibition Hall, in which the protagonists are none other than the great artists and intellectuals of 1920 and 1930. This retrospective also includes urban snapshots of New York, in which the artist's personal vision of the period in which she lived is evident.

The American photographer Berenice Abbott stands out for being one of those who previously captured the transformations of her environment, while at the same time effectively projecting all the influences of the modernity of a great city that did not stop evolving, as was New York. The architecture, the contrast of its people, or the light, turned her portraits into an incomparable legacy to understand the passage of time.

The influence of Eugène Atget, translated into the inheritance of her documentary tradition, in fact, in the exhibition there are several positive photographs of her, which were positivized by Abbott. From her time in Paris, there are still images of many influential and intellectual figures of the French culture of the 1920s. So much was her influence on the European scene that, in a short time, she became an ambassador for the old continent's avant-garde movement toward the effervescent American creative current.

The exhibition also shows images of the scientific photographer she was, and how she experimented with the lens, within the works done for the well-known MIT of Massachusetts. Likewise, the non-conformist and exceptional character is also evident in the documentary 'Berenice Abbott: A View of the 20th Century', which can be seen on the occasion of the exhibition.

Until August 25, we have the unique opportunity to enjoy this unique artist, with a selection of her most recognized works.

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Image credits: Berenice Abbott. Rockefeller Center, ca. 1932. Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery © Getty Images/Berenice Abbott. Web Fundación MAPFRE