Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that the Museum will present a major retrospective exhibition of the photographs of Irving Penn (1917-2009) to mark the centennial of the artist’s birth. He further announced that The Irving Penn Foundation will make a landmark promised gift to the Met of more than 150 photographs by Penn, representing every period of the great American artist’s dynamic 70-year career with the camera. The gift, selected by the Metropolitan Museum from the Foundation’s extraordinary holdings, will form the core of the centennial exhibition that will open at the Metropolitan Museum in April 2017 and then travel internationally, beginning at the Grand Palais in Paris. More than 200 photographs by Penn will comprise the exhibition, including: iconic fashion studies of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, the artist’s wife; Quechua children in Cuzco, Peru;

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