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Robert Frank, New York City, 7 Bleecker Street, 1993 © The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation.

Celebrating the Centenary of Robert Frank

Welcome to the hub for Robert Frank's centenary.

A Swiss-born photographer and filmmaker who broke new ground with his candid, poignant images of American life in the mid 20th century, Robert Frank is one of the most influential figures in the history of his medium. This year, to mark the centenary of the artist’s birth, museums and galleries around the world—including Pace—are mounting exhibitions dedicated to his work, celebrating his radical approach to image making that forever changed the course of photography and film.

Here, on our hub for Frank’s centenary, we’re compiling a list of these landmark presentations, updating this page throughout the year as other projects are announced.

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Robert Frank, Indianapolis, 1956. Presented in collaboration with Zander Galerie and Pace Gallery © The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation, from The Americans.

Robert Frank: The Americans


Art Basel Unlimited, Booth U68, Basel
June 11 – 16, 2024

This year, our joint presentation with Zander Galerie at Art Basel Unlimited presents the third and final set of photographs from Frank’s seminal series The Americans, captured during a two-year journey across America that the artist embarked on in 1955. Having taken more than 28,000 photographs during this trip, Frank ultimately included 83 images in his groundbreaking 1958 monograph for the project. These photos of people and places represent a collective portrait of American identity, culture, and politics—inflected by racial, economic, and regional divisions—at the middle of the 20th century. This never-before-exhibited set of images on view at Art Basel Unlimited, which Frank retained for his personal collection, includes an 84th photograph, a triptych image that the artist added to the end of the sequence for Aperture’s 1978 edition of The Americans.

Some 150 photographs, 28 contact sheets, 17 books, and 15 documents relating to Robert Frank's The Americans were previously presented in 2009 at the National Gallery of Art in an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the American publication of the book. (opens in a new window) Read more about this landmark presentation here.

Delve into photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank's seminal body of work, The Americans, with this new film featuring images from the series and archival narration from several sources, including the artist himself.

It was just a travel log — you know, it just happened to be a little bit of a different kind of a travel log. It wasn’t one where the sun always shone.

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Robert Frank, Trolley — New Orleans, 1955 © the June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation, from The Americans

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Robert Frank, Trolley — New Orleans, 1955 © The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation, from “The Americans”

Life Dances On

Robert Frank. Mabou Winter Footage. 1977. Gelatin silver print, 23 11/16 × 14 3/4" (60.1 × 37.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2023 June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation.

Life Dances On: Robert Frank in Dialogue

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
September 15, 2024 – January 11, 2025

The first-ever solo exhibition of Frank’s work to be presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Life Dances On: Robert Frank in Dialogue will bring together some 200 artworks produced by the artist over the course of six decades, up until his death in 2019. The show, named for a 1980 film by the artist, will focus on the experimental ethos of Frank’s work across photography, film, and books, highlighting the ways he engaged with his contemporaries and his communities as part of his practice.

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Robert Frank, Look Out for Hope, 1979 © The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation

Hope Makes Visions

Pace Gallery, New York
November 15 – December 21, 2024

In celebration of the centennial of Robert Frank’s birth, Pace—in collaboration with The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation—will present an exhibition of the artist's work at its 540 West 25th Street gallery in New York. The show, opening in November 2024, will center on Frank’s process across various media through a selection of his photographs, collages, sketches, and maquettes.