Berenice Abbott: Portraits of Modernity provides a detailed look at the artistic journey of this American photographer (Springfield, Ohio, 1898 – Monson, Maine, 1991). Her body of work, some of the most captivating North American photography of the first half of the 20th century, acted as a bridge between the avant-garde of the old continent and the burgeoning artistic scene of the East Coast of the United States in the 1920s and 1930s.
Abbott's work reflects her masterful ability to identify and depict the changes in her surroundings. Altogether, her photographs provide an exceptional portrayal of the modernity of the new century, a central concept of this current exhibition.
The exhibition is arranged into three thematic sections and covers her career by means of almost two hundred vintage photographs. Among them, in dialogue with those of this American photographer, are eleven photographs by Eugène Atget, which Abbott herself printed at the end of the 1950s.