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Alberto Schommer. Contemporaries

Ana Berruguete

Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte, Museo Cerralbo y PHotoESPAÑA

Fundación Alberto Schommer
Museo Cerralbo — Ventura Rodríguez, 17 28008 Madrid  

  • Mar-sáb
    09.30 - 15.00 h
    17.00 - 20.00 h
    Dom, fest
    10.00 - 15.00 h

METRO: Noviciado | Plaza de España | Príncipe Pío | Ventura Rodríguez. BICIMAD: Estaciones 14, 115, 116

A master of portraiture and an innovator of photographic languages, Alberto Schommer staunchly defended viewing this medium as art and the photographer as an artist. He would say that without the photographic image, the world would be smaller. His start as a painter, his stint with the AFAL group (a movement updating Spanish photography in the 1950s) and his tireless thirst to use all the expressive possibilities that photography offered him made him a contemporary artistic and cultural referent and one of the essential authors in Spanish photography.

This exhibition focuses on portraits, one of his best genres through which created an exceptional iconographic gallery of our country’s recent history. For this show, a broad selection of photographs devoted exclusively to men and women from Spanish culture have been brought together on their own for the very first time. As a visual chronicle, the photographs chosen—some of them very famous, others hardly seen before, all of them iconic—encourage us to take a visual tour through 20th-century culture, from the mid-1960s to the year 2000—based on the names comprising it: faces from painting, film, literature, music, theatre, dance and other disciplines.
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