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René Burri

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Founded yesterday, the René Burri Foundation has been established to care for the collection, preservation and recognition of the work of Swiss artist René Burri (born in Zürich in 1933). This cultural asset will be entrusted to the Musée de l’Elysée for 20 years, as a permanent, extendible loan.

René Burri was one of the most talented photographers of his generation. He became a member of the Magnum Photo Agency in 1959, shortly after beginning his career. In 1963 he took the famous portrait of Che Guevara. He aimed his camera at countless celebrities, including Giacometti, Le Corbusier, Tinguely, Picasso, Niemeyer... at the Vietnam war, the Cuba crisis, China, Europe, America... René Burri was everywhere, where history was being made, capturing decisive 20th century events in powerful images. Burri's significant body of work and his international reputation have made him one of Switzerland's most famous photographers.

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