The Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation opens in late April at 2 Impasse Lebouis, Paris in the 14th arrondissement. The five-story atelier of glass and steel will house the Cartier-Bresson archive. In the planning stages for three years, the foundation was given state approval in March 2002.
Two floors will be devoted solely to exhibition space. The shows will focus on the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, including his drawings, paintings and writings, as well as his photographs. Open to researchers, the foundation will also run a program of conferences, debates and lectures.
The foundation's board of trustees has appointed Robert Delpire as director and Agnes Sire as assistant director of the foundation until the end of this year.
In conjunction with the foundation's opening, the new Bibliotheque Nationale will feature a major retrospective on Henri Cartier-Bresson's work and the man himself. Delpire was the exhibition's organizer. The show will open April 29 and run through July 27. The European tour has been organized by Magnum Photos, and the next confirmed venue will be at Caixa Forum, Barcelona from September 14 to January 5, 2004.
The foundation receives support from the Old Broad Street Charity Trust, a U.K. registered charity.