The exhibition

140 photos by the great Master Henri Cartier Bresson will be on show at Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, from the 8th March. We will be led into his world, look into the richness of each picture, testifying to his clear-headed and self-aware attitude towards his historical and sociological times.

"I'm just a nervous person, and I love painting." ... "As to photography, I don't understand anything about it" he used to say.

Not understanding anything about photography, also meant not developing his own shots: this is something he would leave to professional photographers.

He didn’t want any editing of the negatives or of the frames: each photo must be judged on the photographer’s ability to catch the here and now, and on the portrayed subject’s immediate response.

According to Cartier-Bresson, the photographic technique is only a tool that should not prevail on nor upset the initial experience, which is the real time defining a work’s meaning and value.

Henri Cartier-Bresson never revises his pictures, there is no selection, it is either accept it or discard it. Nothing else. Hence, he is just right when he says he doesn’t understand anything about photography in a world which, conversely, has elevated this art to a tool of illusion par excellence.

His photos catch the contemporary nature of things and life. His shots testify to his clear and accurate perception and to the order of forms.

"To take a photograph means to recognize, simultaneously and within a fraction of a second‚ both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same target".

This exhibition aims to divulge Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photos and the way he used to work, like his constant search for contact with other people, in the most diverse places and circumstances. With his camera, while continuously seeking a surprise moment to bust our habits, or a moment of wonder to free our minds, he helps us be ready to grasp and glorify his work.

The venue

Called by Pope Clemente XII to reshape the profile and improve the functions of the Ancona harbor, Luigi Vanvitelli starts in 1732 the leper hospital of the city, a structure in which were a combination of sanitary and defensive functions: he had built a true and proper artificial isle. In November 1736 the isle was ready, the consecutive year it became a warehouse and in the meanwhile the job were carrying on. In May 1738 the perimeter is concluded and the entire building was finished on February 13th, 1743.

At that time the building had principally a sanitary role: the merchandise and the persons were hosted on its inner and started to populate it with vivacity until, on XIX century, predominates the military and defensive role of the building and in 1860 it is at the centre of the battle for the conquest of Ancona.

After that date the leper hospital was entrusted to the Ancona district and became a warehouse: for this reason have been many changes about the proportions of the halls and the doors. It is not over because in 1884 the building assumes the role of refinery of sugar: appeared the smokestack inside the court and with the passing time, after the crisis of the first world war, the district supposes to sale the building to private as an industrial building (metallurgy, container..). Finally in 1927 the building was sold to the state and between 1940 and 1955 the leper hospital became first warehouse of the army then warehouse of crude tobacco. There have been more changes, structural intervention and reshaping in which the Mole had maintained its architectonical charisma.

From Fifties to 1990 there were other structure modifications to increase the capacity of the warehouse until in 1989 the building were entrusted to the superintendence that starts a restoration work in order to recover the principal intents. After few time, the leper hospital has been taken by the Ancona district (1990) that on years, thanks to the support of Cariverona foundation, organized an prudent restoration work for giving back to the building the possibility to host exhibitions, conventions and social spaces.



Henri CARTIER-BRESSON. Photographer

When: 8th March - 17th June 2018

Where: Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 19.00
(ticket office closes at 18.00)
Closed Mondays
Open Easter Monday 2nd April

Tickets BOOK NOW:
Full price € 9,00
Reduced € 8,00 valid for groups (min. 12 people), holders of special discount cards, non-accredited journalists and those presenting a ticket for the exhibition Robert Doisneau: le Temps Retrouvé (Senigallia, Palazzo del Duca, 29 March - 2 September 2018)
Special reduction € 3,00 for school pupils under 18 years old.
Free entrance: Children under 6 years old, teachers accompanying school groups, differently-abled people and their carers, accredited journalists, licenced tour guides.

Open € 10,00, ticket with no fixed entrance date or time valid until the 17th of June 2018 Booking

Advanced sale fee: € 1,00 per person

Info and bookings:

Educational tours: Guided tours: Classes up to 25 students € 4,00
Guided tour with workshop for classes up to 25 students € 6,00
Prices are per student and do not include the entry ticket (special reduction € 3,00), free for accompanying teachers, differently-abled people and their carers.
Guided tours for groups up to 25 people € 80,00
Guided tours for groups in English or German up to 25 people
€ 120,00
Reduction for two or more classes from the same institution.

Guided tours and workshops:
Phone +39 333 1203152 (from Tuesday to Sunday 2 - 7 pm)

Click here to check all the guided tours designed for this exhibition

Press office

Comune di Ancona

Federica Zandri
Tel. 071 2222321

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Tel. 071 2222316



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