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Lee Friedlander – External Groups


October 1st, 2020 to January 10th, 2021

In 1963, Lee Friedlander (Aberdeen, Washington, 1934) defined his photography as “the American social landscape”. He thus distinguished himself – along with other important artists of that time, such as Garry Winogrand and Diane Arbus – from the documentary photographers of previous decades. Following the exhibitions New Documents, organized at the Museum of Modern Art, and Modern Art and Toward a Social Landscape, at George Eastman House, the influence that both Walker Evans and Robert Frank exerted on the three of them was evident. However, we should not forget that despite Friedlander’s definition of his own work, the new documentalists were predominantly interested in learning more about themselves and the visual facts of their environment rather than the social problems that so interested their predecessors.

New Documents had an extraordinary impact on the American art scene, and Friedlander’s work was hailed as one of the most important turning points in twentieth century art. His images broke with traditional forms of representation and contrasted sharply with the formality of the photographers of old. His occasionally banal visual repertoire generated confusing visual threads and jolted viewers with a sense of irony stemming from the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated objects and ideas. His photographs have changed the way we look at things, and the most surprising thing is that after more than sixty years of taking photographs every single day, the artist continues to constantly renew himself and challenge our ordinary vision of the real world.

Within this apparent ordinariness, in the search for visual metaphors that are difficult to understand, Friedlander’s critical gaze has reflected the enormity and chaos of North American society.

* The last access to the rooms is 30 minutes before closing.

  • The external group is formed by a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 people (guide included in both cases).
  • The presence of a guide or group leader is mandatory. If you wish to request this service to the Foundation, contact on the phone +34 932 72 3180.
  • These visits can be made only Non-festive from Monday to Friday, during opening hours of the room.
  • The guide or group leader must be identified at the reception 15 minutes before the start of the visit.
  • The visit is done with group guidance system, for which it is essential to use receivers that can be provided in the room with a cost of 1 € / person.
  • The holding of a visit as an external group implies acceptance of the hall´s rules by all the members of the group.
Non-festive Monday to Friday , during opening hours of the room.

* The last access to the rooms is 30 minutes before closing.

Visitors are asked to vacate the rooms 10 minutes before closing.

Group ticket : 25€




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