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Brassaï: The Eye of Paris

October 17, 1999 – January 16, 2000
West Building, Ground Floor, Inner Tier

Installation view of Brassai: The Eye of Paris, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives


This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: The exhibition celebrated the centenary of the birth of Brassaï (born Gyula Halász on 9 September 1899, in Brassó, Transylvania) with a showing of 125 of his photographs. Included were views of Paris at night taken in the late 1920s and early 1930s, studies of high society, children's graffiti made after World War II, and portraits of friends and colleagues.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with funding provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment Inc., and The Wortham Foundation. Sarah Greenough, curator of photographs, National Gallery of Art, was the curator for the exhibition in Washington.

Attendance: 87,673

Catalog: Brassaï: The Eye of Paris, by Anne Wilkes Tucker with Richard Howard and Avis Berman. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1999.

Other Venues: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, December 6, 1998–February 28, 1999
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, April 13–July 4, 1999

French, 1899 - 1984