Irving Penn

  • MEP Acquisition of Irving Penn's photographs
    From September 30, 2020

    Congratulations to the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) in Paris for acquiring 46 iconic works by Irving Penn — one of the twentieth century’s most important photographers, respected equally in the fields of fashion, portraiture and still-life. 

    This landmark acquisition of works—selected jointly by the MEP team and The Irving Penn Foundation — will complete the institution’s collection resulting in a comprehensive and holistic overview of Penn’s work and career comprising 109 works from 1939- 2007.

    The acquisition comprises 26 gelatin silver prints; 11 hand-coated platinum-palladium prints, which demonstrating Penn’s mastery in texture and contrast achieved over a lifetime of technical and artistic experimentation; and 9 color works, including rare Dye-Transfer prints, Cibachromes, as well as chromogenic prints and Penn’s unique digital inkjet prints.

    One of the acquired works by the MEP is Irving Penn’s “Chevrier”, Paris, 1950, as part of the ground-breaking series of photographs depicting representatives of the Small Trades that Penn achieved in 1950–51 in Paris, London, and New York. 

    Image: Irving Penn, “Chevrier”, Paris, 1950 (detail). Platinum-palladium print, print made 1976. © Condé Nast. Partial gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. 

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  • Centennial
    March 24, 2018 - July 1, 2018
    C/O Berlin Foundation
    Amerika Haus
    Hardenbergstraße 22–24
    Berlin, Germany

    On the 100th anniversary of his birth, C/O Berlin is commemorating Irving Penn with a major retrospective. The exhibition featuring around 240 works was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation. More than 180 works to be donated by The Irving Penn Foundation to The Metropolitan Museum of Art forms the core of the exhibition, among them the famous studies of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, the most sought-after photo model of the time, who became Irving Penn’s wife and muse. A comprehensive monograph accompanying the exhibition is published by Schirmer/Mosel, Munich.

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  • Rencontre autour d'Irving Penn, 17h
    December 16, 2017 - December 16, 2017
    Paris Marais

    Rencontre exceptionnelle autour de l'exposition 'Irving Penn, A Flavour of France' entre: 

    - Laurie Hurwitz, commissaire d'exposition à la Maison Européenne de la Photographie
    - Clémentine Mercier, journaliste spécialisée en photographie à Libération
    - Christoph Wiesner, Directeur artistique de Paris Photo

    L'exposition se concentre sur trois séries majeures de l’artiste : les Nus, les Petits Métiers et les Portraits d’artistes. Réalisées entre 1947 et 1950, chacune explore à sa façon la relation étroite qu’Irving Penn a entretenu avec la France au cours sa vie, tant par ses visites fréquentes que par leur souvenir idéalisé.

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