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Special Exhibition


Manuel Álvarez Bravo, The daughter of the dancers, 1933 ©Colette Urbajtel / Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C.

Manuel Álvarez Bravo Photographs

― Mexico, Light and Time in Silence

July 2 – August 28, 2016

The Mexican master Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002) left an indelible mark on the history of photography. Álvarez Bravo first emerged as a prominent figure in the late 1920s after the Mexican Revolution and during a turbulent period associated with the muralist movement and avant-garde art. From that point until his twilight years in the late ’90s, Álvarez Bravo constantly produced photographs that extolled a unique sense of quiet and poetic sentiment. This exhibition, the first full-scale retrospective of the artist’s work to be held in Japan, conveys the allure of Álvarez Bravo’s nearly 70-year practice through approximately 192 black-and-white prints and countless documents.

Dates:July 2, 2016 (Saturday) - August 28, 2016 (Sunday).
Closed:Mondays(except July 18), July 19.
Hours:10:00A.M. - 6:00P.M.(Last entry 30 minutes before closing time.)
Place:Setagaya Art Museum, 1st floor exhibition rooms
Admission:Adults 1,000yen, Seniors(over 65) 800yen, University and high school students 800yen, Junior high and elementary school students 500yen
Organized by:Setagaya Art Museum(Setagaya Arts Foundation), The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Association of Art Museums
Patronized by:Setagaya City, Setagaya City Board of Education, Embassy of the United Mexican States
Specially cooperated by:Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C.
Planning coordination by:Crevis Inc.
Granted by:Takashimaya Cultural Foundation
With the sponsorship of:Lion Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co.,Ltd., Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., Nippon Television Network Corporation, Canon Marketing Japan Inc.


【PartⅠ】 Post-revolutionary Mexico―1920s-30s

Section 1: Toward Modernism
Section 2: Quiet moment in a Bustling City

The crouched ones, 1934 ©Colette Urbajtel / Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C.

【PartⅡ】 The Photographer’s Eye―1930s-40s

Section 1: Visible / Invisible
Section 2: Between Life and Death
Section 3: Portraits of the Times

Daydreaming, 1931 ©Colette Urbajtel / Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C.

Day of all the Dead, 1932-33 ©Colette Urbajtel / Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C.

Frida Kahlo, c. 1937 ©Colette Urbajtel / Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C.

【PartⅢ】 To the Wilderness / To the Street―1940s-60s

Section 1: History in the Wilderness
Section 2: A Small Drama in the Street

Mayan boy from Tulum, 1943 ©Colette Urbajtel / Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C.

How small the world is, 1942 ©Colette Urbajtel / Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C.

【PartⅣ】 Light and Time in Silence―1960s-90s

Section 1: Canopy of Light
Section 2: The Photographer’s Garden

Window on the agaves, 1974-76 ©Colette Urbajtel / Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C.

From the series “Inner garden,” 1995-97 ©Colette Urbajtel / Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C.

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