Robert Capa - Retrospective

Robert Capa - Retrospective

From 7 Oct 2018 to 27 Jan 2019


Over a hundred evocative images by Robert Capa, the most influential photojournalist of the twentieth century, will be on display in the Arengario from October 7th to January 27th.

As founder of the Magnum Photos photographic international cooperative in 1947 - together with Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, David Seymour and William Vandiver - Capa documented the major conflicts of the twentieth century with his trailblazing work.

He was an eyewitness to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the Second Sino-Japanese War (which he followed in 1938), the Second World War (1941-1945), the Arab-Israeli War (1948) and in the First World War in Indochina (1954), the year that marked his tragic death caused by a landmine.

Through his strong connection to, and affection for, people Robert Capa broke down the barriers between photographer and subject, thus, creating exceptionally powerful images that portrayed the suffering, misery, chaos and cruelty of war.

Some of his photos are considered iconic, such as the shot depicting the death of the militia in the Spanish Civil War in 1937 and the photographs of the American troops’ Normandy landing dated June 1944. But it would be too simplistic to consider Robert Capa as just a war reporter. Amongst his works were portraits of artists and friends, including Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Ingrid Bergman.

The exhibition is divided into 13 sections and, for this show in Monza, it concludes with a unique additional space. The ‘Gerda Taro and Robert Capa’ section is a cameo of three shots - a portrait of Robert, a portrait of his partner Gerda taken by Robert and their ‘paired portrait’, a way to show off their fascinating human story and relationship.

The exhibition is under the aegis of the Municipality of Monza and Civita Mostre, in collaboration with Magnum Photos Paris and Casa dei Tre Oci.