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»Helmut Newton. Legacy«

Helmut Newton

31 October 2021 marks the opening of the expansive retrospective exhibition Helmut Newton. Legacy at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin. Originally scheduled to coincide with the photographer’s 100th birthday, it was postponed for a year due to the pandemic. Visitors can now look forward to seeing not only Helmut Newton’s many iconic images, but also a number of suprises.

The entire exhibition space on the first floor of the museum will chronologically trace the life and visual legacy of the Berlin-born photographer. With around 300 works, half of which are being shown for the first time, the foundation’s curator Matthias Harder will present lesser-known aspects of Newton’s oeuvre, including many of his more unconventional fashion photographs, which span the decades and reflect the changing spirit of the times. The presentation will be complemented by Polaroids and contact sheets that give insight into the creation process of some of the iconic motifs featured, as well as special publications, archival material, and statements by the photographer.

It was in the 1960s that Newton found his inimitable style in Paris, as seen in his photographs of the revolutionary fashion designed by André Courrèges. Working for well-known fashion magazines, Newton not only took classic studio shots but also ventured into the streets, where he staged models as participants in a protest, protagonists in a paparazzi story, and more. His clients’ sometimes stringent requirements and narrow expectations were an incentive for him to challenge traditional modes of representation.

Helmut Newton, Woman examining Man, Calvin Klein, US Vogue, St. Tropez 1975 © Helmut Newton Foundation
Helmut Newton, Cindy Crawford, US Vogue, Monte Carlo 1991 © Helmut Newton Foundation
Helmut Newton, Elle, Paris 1969 © Helmut Newton Foundation
Helmut Newton, Courrèges, Queen Magazine, Paris 1964 © Helmut Newton Foundation
Helmut Newton, Carla Bruni, Blumarine, Nice 1993 © Helmut Newton Foundation
Helmut Newton, Prada, Monte Carlo 1984 © Helmut Newton Foundation
Alice Springs, Helmut Newton, Hollywood 1996 © Helmut Newton Foundation
Helmut Newton, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Paris 1983 © Helmut Newton Foundation

In the 1970s, Newton began to enjoy unlimited creative possibilities while shooting on location – whether by helicopter on the beach in Hawaii or in a Parisian hourly hotel, where he included himself in a lingerie campaign through strategically placed mirrors. Repeatedly testing social and moral boundaries, sometimes he even redefined them. Until the end of his life he continued to both disturb and enchant people with his visions and visualizations of fashion and femininity. No other photographer has likely been published more often than Helmut Newton, and many of his iconic images have become part of our collective visual memory. Now, following intensive research in the foundation’s archives, forgotten and surprising photographs are coming to light.

For the duration of the retrospective, June’s Room will host a special exhibition on the work of June Newton aka Alice Springs – in memory of the foundation’s president, who passed away in Monte Carlo in April 2021 and has since been laid to rest next to her husband in Berlin.

To accompany the exhibition Helmut Newton. Legacy, an extensive catalogue under the same title has been be published by Taschen, edited by Matthias Harder: Hardcover, 24 × 34 cm, 424 pages, ISBN 978-3-8365-8458-6.

Additionally on view at the Helmut Newton Foundation | Projektraum is the solo exhibition »Stephan Erfurt: On the Road« (Aug 13 — Jan 16, 2022).

Framework program

Museum Sundays
Free admission on the first Sunday of every month.
For the Museum Sunday please book your ticket here: museumssonntag.berlin

»Fotografie im Fokus«
Guided Tours (held in German)
Sundays, Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, 2022, each 4 – 5 pm
Fee incl. admission: 15 €; limited places, online registration required.
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»Mit Abstand der Beste! im Museum für Fotografie«
Guided Tours
(held in German)
Sundays, Feb 27 + Mar 13 + Mar 27 + Apr 10 + Apr 24 + May 8, 2022, each 4 – 5 pm
Fee incl. admission: 15 €; limited places, online registration required.
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Helmut Newton Foundation

Oct 31, 2021 — May 22 shortened to May 15, 2022
Opening day: Sunday, Oct 31, 11 am – 7 pm, limited tickets available online

c/o Museum für Fotografie · Jebensstraße 2 · 10623 Berlin
[District: Charlottenburg | Borough: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf]

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11 am – 7 pm, Thu 11 am – 8 pm, Mon closed

Admission: 10 € / reduced 5 € | Tickets

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