René Burri

René Burri – Vintage prints – Le Corbusier

20.08.2010 - 07.11.2010
Tue–Sun 10am–5pm
Museum Bellerive

René Burri, born in Zurich in 1933, is one of the most important photographers of our time. He studied in Hans Finsler’s legendary photography class at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts) and found his own visual style early with his portraits and reportage photography. Before he undertook countless journeys to the scenes of world events as a member of the renowned Magnum photo agency, he produced two powerful photo series on the chapel of Ronchamp. Particularly in 1959 and 1960 he concerned himself intensively with the work and character of Le Corbusier, who was already regarded as the epitome of the architect. Museum für Gestaltung Zürich was recently able to acquire over a hundred valuable vintage prints – including numerous photo icons – from Burri’s Le Corbusier portfolio. This wonderful treasure forms the core of the exhibition shown at Museum Bellerive, which also includes previously unknown color photos and other valuable items from Burri’s collection.

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