Fondation P. Gianadda: Exhibition “Henri Cartier-Bresson”

Temporary exhibition from June 10th to November 20th, 2022

Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Pierre Gianadda Foundation – Szafran Collection

Organized with the collaboration of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris, the exhibition highlights major works by one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. The images have been chosen from among the many travel photographs and portraits of artists in the Szafran Collection of the Pierre Gianadda Foundation: peregrinations in the 1930s, views of France, trips to India and Mexico, face-to-face encounters with Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, and many others. The exhibition also recalls the close ties forged between Henri Cartier-Bresson and Léonard Gianadda.

The photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson donated by Sam, Lilette and Sébastien to the Pierre Gianadda Foundation are exceptional in many ways. On the one hand, they are representative of the work of one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, and on the other, they tell the story of the deep friendship that united Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sam Szafran for over thirty years.

A deep friendship

The famous photographer met the young painter in 1972, during an exhibition dedicated to contemporary art in Paris. Gradually abandoning his Leica in favor of pencils, Henri asked Sam to be his drawing teacher. There followed frequent exchanges and meetings between them and their families. Henri Cartier-Bresson regularly offered his “intense friend” Sam Szafran carefully selected prints.

Most of the 226 photographs thus donated are autographed and bear witness to a mutual affection and admiration. After the death of the photographer in 2004, the Szafran family decided to offer the set to Léonard and the Pierre Gianadda Foundation as a token of the friendship that had brought them together.

Practical information:

Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Prices: Please see the group rates and special tickets on the P. Gianadda Foundation website!
Adults: CHF 18.-, EUR 17.-
Seniors (over 60): CHF 16.-, EUR 15.-
Children (from 10 years old): CHF 10.-, EUR 9.50
Family (parents and minor children): CHF 38, EUR 36
Students (with proof of age, up to 25 years): CHF 10, EUR 9.50
Disabled persons – recipients of an invalidity pension: CHF 14, EUR 13.50

Photo credits: © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos. Szafran Collection, Pierre Gianadda Foundation, Brussels, 1932