Robert Capa © International Center of Photography Tour de France. Spectators. France. July 1939. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos
Richard Kalvar The Tour De France bicycle ends on the Champs Elysées in Paris. Spectators. France. 1978. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert Tour de France 1982. The peloton sweeps into Paris and onto the Place de la Concorde past the Hotel Crillon. France. 1982. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Robert Capa © International Center of Photography Tour de France. France. July, 1939. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos
John Vink Preparing the snacks and the body before departure. Neufchatel en Bray, France. 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert Tour de France 1982. Into the valley before the big Alpine mountains. At the back wearing the tricolour jersey is the French Champion Régis Clère. France. 1982. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Guy Le Querrec Tour de France. Thierry Marie (cyclist) is having an initiation ceremony due to his new arrival in the team. France. 1985. © Guy Le Querrec | Magnum Photos

Breathtaking landscapes, highly-charged places and riders stylised as heroes. The Tour de France is permeated with mystique, legends and icons and has always attracted the world’s best photographers. In the summer of 2017, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf will provide a double arena for a major sporting event and a media event. Not only will the route for the Grand Départ go directly past the Ehrenhof but the Tour will also be coming into the exhibition space.

An international group exhibition will showcase the powerful imagery of the most important bike race in the world. From Robert Capa, Harry Gruyaert through John Vink and right up to Andreas Gursky, the show will shine a light on the eventful history of the Tour de France and will show its glorious side as well as its dark side. It will tell the stories behind the great icons of the world of bicycle racing and will demonstrate how sporting events and image events are interdependent.

More information

At NRW FORUM
Ehrenhof 2, 40479 Düsseldorf
Germany

From 18/05/2017 to 23/07/2017

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