CHRONORAMA. Photographic Treasures of the 20th Century

Palazzo Grassi
12/03/2023 - 07/01/2024


CHRONORAMA. Photographic Treasures of the 20th Century
A photography exhibition
12 March 2023–7 January 2024
At Palazzo Grassi
Curator: Matthieu Humery, Advisor of Photography

'CHRONORAMA. Photographic Treasures of the 20th Century' is the first major exhibition of masterpieces from the Condé Nast archives, recently acquired in part by the Pinault Collection.

The exhibition brings together over four hundred works that bring the twentieth century to life through the events, social phenomena, and illustrious figures that marked it. Spanning from the 1910s to the early 1980s, this selection presents the work of more than one hundred and fifty international artists including Edward Steichen, Berenice Abbott, Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, André Kertész, Horst P. Horst, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, and Helmut Newton, among others, as well as the illustrators Eduardo Garcia Benito, Helen Dryden, and George Wolfe Plank. Among the foremost talents of their generation, they have shaped the photographic and artistic aesthetics of their time through the publication of their work in the various Condé Nast publications, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, House & Garden, Glamour and GQ.

This historical selection will be put into perspective with Chronorama Redux, a project offering a contemporary look at these works from the Pinault Collection through the work of four artists: Tarrah Krajnak, Eric N. Mack, Giulia Andreani, and Daniel Spivakov. This installation will be spread over four spaces of the Palazzo Grassi, as interludes in the chronological tour of the main exhibition. Refreshing our gaze, questioning our relationship with time and images, sharing this evidence of the past: these are the challenges for the Pinault Collection, which are embodied in this first new project based on the archives of the legendary Condé Nast.