André Kertész

Serpentine South Gallery 29 December 1979 — 10 February 1980 Free

This exhibition consisted of a collection of 200 of André Kertész’s photographic prints donated to the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, in 1977.

Hungarian-born photographer Kertész (1894-1985) took his first picture in 1912. His early photographs were taken in and around Budapest. Noted for his humane photographs of the Great War, he also became known for the portraits he took whilst living in Paris, including of artists such as Mondrian, Chagall, Colette, Eisenstein, and Tristan Tzara.

Examples of all these periods were included in the Musée National d’Art Moderne’s collection and the Serpentine’s exhibition, as well as many of the pictures Kertész took during his 25 years of photo-journalism in the USA, where he had emigrated to in 1936.


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