Mario Testino. Undressed
Helmut Newton. Unseen
Jean Pigozzi. Pool Party

Upon establishing his foundation in Berlin in 2003, Helmut Newton expressed his wish to provide a forum not only for his own works, but for that of other photographers as well. His wish continues to be fulfilled posthumously, now with two unique projects by two of Helmut Newton’s friends and colleagues: Mario Testino and Jean Pigozzi.

Mario Testino’s “Undressed” is a site-specific installation comprising fashion and nude photos. It was conceived exclusively for the Helmut Newton Foundation. The work analyses the boundaries between fashion, eroticism, anatomy and art, as well as a metaphorical undressing of Mario Testino that delves deeper into his archive and his working practice. 50 larger-than-life images are affixed directly to the walls in three of the foundation’s exhibition halls, reaching into the corners of the room and up to the ceiling. This presentation form is unique to both Testino’s work as well as the exhibition history of the Helmut Newton Foundation, filling the rooms with bodies and emotions to create an imposing human landscape.

Helmut Newton is represented by original prints in various formats, selected from the foundation’s archive, they have for the most part not been previously shown. These complement Newton’s well-known work. Newton famously and subtly combined nudity and fashion – and to this day invariably turns those of us who view his work into voyeurs. Newton’s photographs thus document and comment on the shifting role of women in Western society at the time. This aspect applies to all of his work in its timeless elegance – and the same can be said of Mario Testino.

“Pool Party” by Jean Pigozzi is presented in June’s Room, featuring small-format, snapshot-like images taken around Pigozzi’s swimming pool in Cap d’Antibes, near Villa Dorane, which was built for his father Henri in 1953 by Ettore Sottsass. Helmut and June Newton, among other A-listers, came here several times to unwind or frolic in glamour. We encounter spontaneous, surprising, and very private images of Pigozzi’s friends, united around the pool. The photographs feature the likes of Mick Jagger and Bono, Liz Taylor and Naomi Campbell – many of the same VIPs that Newton portrayed in his work.



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