Francais  Anglais

Gisèle Freund

L'Œil frontière
Paris 1933-1940

October 14, 2011 - January 29, 2012


The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent is devoting its 16th exhibition to the photographer Gisèle Freund (1908-2000), whose work will be presented through hundreds of prints and numerous archived documents.


Born in Berlin, Gisèle Freund was forced to flee to Paris in 1933. During her years in Paris (1933-1940), she published her thesis, La photographie en France au XIXème siècle, produced her first photo journalistic pieces and becomes great friends with booksellers Adrienne Monnier and Sylvia Beach, thanks to whom she met many writers. Such encounters, at first intellectual, resulted in a whole series of photographs in black and white, later in colour, a new and rare technique at the time. Malraux, Cocteau, Gide, Colette, Valéry, Zweig, Joyce, Woolf… An impressive portrait gallery of contemporary writers, photographed among their books, is at the heart of the exhibition, which recounts a key period in the life of Gisèle Freund.


The Fondation is happy to present, in partnership with the Fonds Mémoire de la création contemporaine (Fonds MCC) and the Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine (IMEC), the work of a pioneer, whose work was last shown at a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in 1991.


Curators Olivier Corpet and Catherine Thieck
assisted by Elisabeth Perolini and Lorraine Audric


Designer agence NC, Nathalie Crinière
assisted by Anne Lebas


To download the press kit, click here.


Exhibition catalogue,

IMEC / Edition de la Rmn et du Grand Palais, 50€

Facsimile of two albums made by Gisèle Freund,

IMEC / Edtion de la Rmn et du Grand Palais, 50€


This exhibition is organized by

the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent

in partnership with



Musée d'art et d'histoire
du Judaïsme

A l'occasion des expositions Gisèle Freund, L'Oeil frontière, Paris 1933-1940 et Walter Benjamin Archives, présentée au Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, tous les visiteurs de l'exposition Gisèle Freund bénéficient d'un tarif réduit pour l'exposition Walter Benjamin, sur simple présentation de leur billet d'entrée plein tarif à la Fondation, et vice versa.


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