Raymond Depardon. Modern life

  • When:   October 15, 2021 - April 10, 2022
  • this event is ended


Raymond Depardon. Modern life

Triennale Milano and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain present The Modern Life, a personal exhibition by the French photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon. The exhibition will be open from 15 October 2021 to 10 April 2022.

This is the largest exhibition ever made by the artist who, since the 1970s, has profoundly renewed the world of contemporary images. Created especially for Milan, the exhibition reveals how much Italy inhabits his work. The exhibition Modern life shows the richness of Raymond Depardon's work, the diversity of his subjects and the coherence of his path, through eight photographic series, two films and all the books he has published.

Modern life brings together eight series of photographs, two films and all monographic books published by Raymond Depardon.

I have great faith in reality, I think he has given me a lot in my films, in my photos.

Errance (1999-2000)
30 black and white photographs

Raymond Depardon defines wandering as "the search for an acceptable place". He allowed him to “live in the present”, to seek an everyday life rather than privileged moments or decisive moments, to choose travel without a destination instead of a journey, to get lost in intermediate areas and places of solitude.

Piedmont (2001)
17 black and white photographs

Raymond Depardon came to Piedmont "like a neighbor". In the countryside and in the peri-urban areas, in the villages and towns, the artist shapes a mental landscape interwoven with memories and reminiscences of his French rural culture.

Communes (2020)
15 black and white photographs

This new series was released in summer 2020 in the southern French regions of Aveyron, Lozère, Gard and Hérault.

Glasgow (1980)
19 color photographs

In 1980, in response to a request from the Sunday Times Magazine, Raymond Depardon made a series of color photographs of Glasgow, a city that seemed to him “the polar opposite of his photography”.

Manhattan Out (1980)
45 black and white photographs

In the winter of 1980, Raymond Depardon arrives in New York. Without a specific purpose, he decides to walk all day, with the Leica around his neck, imposing the rule of not lifting it towards the face, leaving it hanging on his chest and thus reserving the surprise of a deliberately unsolicited shot.

New York, N.Y. (1986)
Black and white film

For Raymond Depardon “New York is a city you always go back to”. And that's exactly what he did in 1986, when he made a ten-minute short film based on three shots taken from the Manhattan Out series.

La France (2004-2010)
44 color photographs

For six years, Raymond Depardon devoted himself to the challenge of photographing contemporary France. Choosing the color and the large format of a 20 x 25 camera, he sets out in search of an ordinary and everyday France, far from the romantic clichés, the picturesque and the monumental.

Rural (1990-2018)
86 black and white photographs

Rural is a trans-generational portrait, the result of a work carried out by Raymond Depardon, for almost thirty years, in French rural communities.

San Clemente (1977-1981)
56 black and white photographs

The famous San Clemente series concludes the exhibition itinerary, completed by an excerpt from the film made in 1980.

San Clemente (1980)
Black and white film (excerpt)

In 1980 Raymond Depardon returned to San Clemente Island, accompanied by Sophie Ristelhueber. For ten days, on the eve of the closure of the psychiatric hospital, he follows the wandering of the mentally ill, their anguish and the dismay of their loved ones, exploring the frontiers of madness, its ambiguity and complexity.

Title: Raymond Depardon. Modern life

Opening: October 15, 2021

Ending: April 10, 2022

Organization: Triennale Milano

Place: Triennale Milano

Address: viale Alemagna 6 - 20121 Milano

Triennale Milano opening hours
Tuesday - Sunday, 11.00 - 20.00 (last admission 19.00)

Ticket office
Full ticket: 12 euros / reduced 10 euros
Single ticket to visit all the exhibitions
and the Museum of Italian Design of Triennale Milano: 16 euros.

More info on this website: https://triennale.org/