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Lee Friedlander

Carlos Gollonet

Fundación MAPFRE
Fundación Mapfre — Paseo de Recoletos, 23, 28004 Madrid  

  • Lun / Mon: 14.00 h - 20.00 h
    Mar-sáb/ Tue-Sat:
    11.00 h - 20.00 h
    Dom; fest / Sun; Hol:
    11.00 h – 19.00 h

Entrada / Admission: 3 €
METRO: Colón | Banco de España. CERCANÍAS: Recoletos. BICIMAD: 10, 26, 94

During the sixties Lee Friedlander defined his photography as “the American social landscape”. As such, he differed from the documentary photographers of previous decades. The new documentalists were primarily interested in discovering more about themselves and about the visual facts of their surroundings than the social problems that concerned their predecessors. After the exhibition New Documents, organised by the MoMA in 1967, Friedlander’s work was revealed as one of the most significant new visions of 20th-century art. His images broke away from traditional representational models, creating confusing visual arguments and startled the viewer with a sense of irony.


This exhibition offers a complete survey of Friedlander’s extremely extensive oeuvre with a focus on specific projects such as American Monuments and The Little Screens. After more than 60 years of taking photographs every day the artist continues to evolve and to modify our normal vision of the world. Within this apparent everydayness and this quest for obscure visual metaphors, his critical gaze has reflected the enormity and chaos of American society.

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