Pierre Verger – The One That I Am Not - Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst

Pierre Verger – The One That I Am Not

Friday 31 May 2024 until Sunday 6 Oct 2024

From 31 May to 6 October 2024, the Cobra Museum will show a selection of works from the extensive oeuvre of photographer Pierre Verger (Paris 1902 – Salvador 1996). Pierre Verger was born in Paris and eventually found his home in the Brazilian city of Salvador. The Pierre Verger – The One That I am Not is a celebration of his photographic legacy, his heart and his ceaseless quest for self-discovery. The exhibition features more than 160 works he made during various trips. This is the first time a solo exhibition has been shown in the Netherlands.

“I started travelling, not so much out of the desire to do ethnographic research or reportage, but out of the need to distance myself, to free myself and escape from the environment in which I had lived until then and whose prejudices and rules of behaviour did not make me happy…. However, the feeling that a vast world existed did not leave my mind and the desire to see and photograph it took me to other horizons.”

Pierre Verger. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 1950s © Pierre Verger Foundation