The major retrospective on the famous French photographer Robert Doisneau will continue until 14 February at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona. The exhibition, curated by Gabriel Bauret, traces the great French artist’s creative career through 135 black and white images, all from the collection of the Atelier Robert Doisneau in Montrouge, in the immediate southern suburbs of Paris.

Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 1950

In Montrouge, Doisneau developed and archived his images for over fifty years, and it was there that he passed away in 1994, leaving a legacy of almost 450,000 negatives. From the same atelier, today his two daughters contribute to the dissemination and popularisation of his work, accepting constant requests from museums, festivals and publishing houses.

Among the works on display, Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 1950, a famous and iconic image, considered to be one of the most reproduced in the world, in which a young couple kiss in front of Paris City Hall, could not be missing. The famous shot was not the result of chance: Doisneau was doing a shoot for the American magazine Life and therefore asked the two young people to pose for him. “What I was trying to show was – says Doisneau – a world where I would feel good, where people would be kind, where I would find the tenderness I hoped to receive. My photos were like a proof that this world can exist”.

The Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Verona, Marta Ugolini

The exhibition is enhanced by the screening of excerpts from Clémentine Deroudille’s film ‘Robert Doisneau. Le Révolté du merveilleux” and an interview with curator Gabriel Bauret.

Hours: Sunday to Friday 10 a.m. – 7.30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 8.30 p.m., Monday closed.

Tickets: full price: € 12, concessions: € 10, schools: € 4. Family: adults € 10, children € 4.
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