Steve McCurry & Musée Barbier-Mueller

Wabi-sabi, Beauty in Imperfection

15 December 2020 15 June 2021

The Musée Barbier-Mueller is closed until 22 January 2021 due to Covid-19. Reopening on 23 January 2021.

The Musée Barbier-Mueller has invited the celebrated photographer Steve McCurry to set up a common exhibition conveying their shared values of openness to humanity and sensitivity to beauty. 

Steve McCurry explores the philosophy of wabi-sabi (the beauty of the imperfect, impermanence and incompleteness) through thirty of his works.

Combining images by the artist with objects from its collections, the Musée Barbier-Mueller looked at formal criteria. The resulting juxtapositions offer a new perspective on one of the most-recognized photographers in the world, creating echoes, both narrative and aesthetic.

A catalogue in English and French with high quality reproductions of and explanations on Steve McCurry photos and objects of the Musée Barbier-Mueller on display accompanies the exhibition. Available at the museum bookshop or online.

A glimpse into the exhibition.

Steve McCurry Studios
Concept: Bonnie McCurry V’Soske
In collaboration with Biba Giacchetti and Sudest 57