This is War! Robert Capa & Gerda Taro at MNAC

Posted on 7 July 2009 in Barcelona, always!, Nuñez i Navarro Hotels

This is War!! Robert Capa & Gerda Taro

This is War!! Robert Capa & Gerda Taro

Robert Capa (1913-1954) was one of the most outstanding photographers of the 20th century. His pictures were published in the most important illustrated magazines, where he made his name, and in which he honed his technique as a master of modern photojournalism. This is war! Robert Capa at work is a pioneering exhibition that takes a fresh look at Capa’s contribution during the 1930s and 1940s. The title has been taken from the article published on December 3rd 1938 in the British magazine Picture Post, with Capa’s images of the Battle of the River Segre.

Gerda Taro (1910-1937) was a photojournalist ahead of her time whose brief career produced almost exclusively the horrific photographs taken at the front in the Spanish Civil War. Her images, reproduced widely in the French left-wing press, incorporated elements typical of the “New Vision”, a movement appearing in Germany around 1920, along with a physical and emotional proximity to the subject. Taro worked closely with Robert Capa, her collaborator and lover. In July1937, while she was covering the decisive battle for Brunete, she was killed under the tracks of a tank. Her photographs are a splendid although little known testimony to that crucial moment in the history of war photography.

Exhibition organized by the International Center of Photography, New York (ICP) in co-production with the MNAC.

Dates: From 06th July to 27th September 2009.
Location: MNAC (Museu Nacional d’ Art de Catalunya) – Parc de Montjuïc

The B-Hotel is located on Plaza Espanya just a few minutes walk from the MNAC, and from its terrace with a pool on the 7th floor has a privileged view of the Palau Nacional and the entire mountain of Montjuïc.

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