The Henri Cartier-Bresson retrospective, which closed on Sunday 31 January 2016, was seen by more than 128,000 visitors. Opened on 23 October 2015, the exhibition far exceeded its visitor target and was particularly popular among male and young audiences.
Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century. He travelled widely from the early 1930s onwards around the globe, documenting with his camera many of the most important events in world history. The exhibition comprised some 300 photographs as well as archive materials.
Originally curated by Robert Delpire in collaboration with Henri Cartier-Bresson, the exhibition was organised as a collaboration between Ateneum, Magnum Photos and Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.
“We are really pleased at Ateneum that our exhibition attracted so many male visitors. The exhibition was also highly popular among young audiences. We also offered 1,900 sixth-graders a free introduction to the exhibition in the autumn with the kind support by Helsingin Sanomat newspaper and the City of Helsinki Department of Education,” says Susanna Pettersson, Director of Ateneum Art Museum.
The exhibition received highly positive feedback from the public both at the museum and on social media.
“I expected a lot, but my expectations were exceeded. Thanks again, @AteneumMuseum ja #HenriCartierBresson.”
”Henri Cartier-Bresson @AteneumMuseum. Probably the best photographic exhibition I’ve ever seen. Go & see.”