Ernst Scheidegger, Ballet dancer at Madame Rousanne’s ballet studio, Paris, ca. 1955 © 2024 Stiftung Ernst Scheidegger-Archiv, Zürich
Eye to Eye. Hommage to Ernst Scheidegger
Feb 18 – Jul 21, 2024
MASI Lugano
Lugano, Switzerland

Following on from the activities linked to the centenary of the birth of Ernst Scheidegger (Rorschach, 1923 – Zurich, 2016), MASI Lugano opens its 2024 exhibition season with a tribute to the Swiss artist who wrote a key chapter in the history of photography. A photojournalist who worked for the renowned agency Magnum Photos and was a habitué of the Parisian avant-garde art scene, Scheidegger is internationally renowned for his artist portraits – including his iconic shots of Alberto Giacometti, a lifelong friend. A multifaceted and multilayered figure, Scheidegger was also a painter, graphic designer, filmmaker and later a gallery owner and publisher.

The exhibition in MASI traces the career of this extraordinary figure, presenting more than one hundred images. These include a numerous selection of previously unpublished early shots, dated 1945–1955, and his famous artist portraits, commissioned from the mid-1950s onwards. The exhibition highlights how the social focus and poetic, experimental approach that can be seen in his youthful works evolves into the light, clear, elegantly curated compositions of the artist portraits that made Scheidegger famous.

The Eye to Eye encounter between Scheidegger and the big names of 20th century art is explored in a spontaneous dialogue between the photographic portraits and a selection of important works by the artists themselves. A separate section, which links these two elements, is devoted to his close bond with Alberto Giacometti. The show also includes the well-known short film Alberto Giacometti, that Scheidegger made between 1964 and 1966, in collaboration with Peter Münger.

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