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Musée Granet : Plossu – Granet : Italia Discreta


The Musée Granet presents from April 29 to August 28, 2022, an exhibition dedicated to the photographic work of the artist Bernard Plossu (1945-) on Italy.

Granet and Plossu have the same passion for Rome and for Italy.

A hundred photographs will be exhibited, most of them unpublished, covering the period from the end of the seventies to 2017.

Although the artist is famous for his photographs using black and white almost exclusively since 1965, he was able to experiment with color during his travels through a particular pigmentary process, the Fresson print, discovered in 1967. These matte charcoal prints known around the world, give his photographs a faded, grainy, soft and almost powdery rendering. Thus, the exhibition will present around twenty Fresson prints, almost never shown.

This magnificent set will be set against around sixty wash drawings, watercolors and drawings of different views of Rome and its surroundings produced by the emblematic painter of the city of Aix, François-Marius Granet (1775-1849) from the first half of the 19th century.

The two artists indeed share The same favorite subjects, the same interest for the Eternal City and Italy, for its alleys steeped in history, culture, memory, these landscapes suspended in time, urban or natural, imprinted with loneliness. The treatment of light, shadows through chiaroscuro washes for the painter, and by silver photography for the photographer, the framing, the patterns, everything evokes the strength of this classic theme which becomes an archetype through the centuries. The exhibition will develop according to three themes: landscapes and views of the city, Plossu and the Fresson process, Rome.

In addition, the exhibition continues a dialogue begun in 2012 with the work of Bernard Plossu to which the Granet museum is particularly attached. The work around the theme of the Sainte Victoire mountain gave rise to the exhibition La Montagne blanche at the Granet museum from October to December 2012.

Plossu-Granet-ltalia discreta will be the occasion for the publication of a richly illustrated catalog by Editions Filigranes.

In partnership with the Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles.

Commissioners: Bernard Plossu, Pamela Grimaud, curator and Bruno Ely, chief curator and director of the Granet museum

Plossu–Granet: Italia Discreta
April 29 – August 28, 2022
Musée Granet
18, rue Roux-Alpheran
13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

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