Helmut Newton. Legacy from Oct. 6th at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome

Helmut Newton
Helmut Newton, Elsa Peretti as a Bunny. New York, 1975 ©Helmut Newton Foundation

For the 100th anniversary of his birth on display until March 3rd, 2024.

The Ara Pacis Museum in Rome will host. Helmut Newton. Legacy, designed to mark the 100th anniversary of the photographer ‘s birth and curated by Matthias Harder, director of the Helmut Newton Foundation, and by Denis Curti, artistic director of Le Stanze della Fotografia in Venice; it is promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Cultura, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali and Marsilio Arte, organized by Zètema Progetto Cultura and Marsilio Arte, in collaboration with the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.

Helmut Newton
Helmut Newton. Self-portrait. Monte Carlo, 1993 ©Helmut Newton Foundation

The exhibition unfolds starting in the 1940s in Australia and then continued in the 1950s in Europe, in the 1960s in France, in the 1970s in the United States, and in the 1980s between Monte Carlo and Los Angeles, up to the numerous services around the world of the 1990s and to the last period of his career.

Helmut Newton. Rue Aubriot, Yves Saint Laurent, French Vogue. Paris, 1975 © Helmut Newton Foundation

Through some 250 photographs, magazines and documents, the exhibition recounts the photographer’s uniqueness, style and provocative side, with an exhibition tracing the entire career of one of the most beloved and talked-about photographers of all time: history-making shots that have appeared on the most important fashion magazine covers, never-before-seen shots, a specific focus devoted to fashion shoots such as the series inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut and Federico Fellini, contact prints, special publications and archival materials.

Helmut Newton. Jerry Hall, Vogue America. Paris, 1974 ©Helmut Newton Foundation

The different stages of the photographer’s life and career are told through images that have become iconic, such as the Big Nudes series. Newton, throughout her artistic journey, continued to enchant and provoke audiences with complex work on femininity, constantly challenging any attempt to categorize the figure of women.

Helmut Newton. Italian Vogue. Como, 1996 ©Helmut Newton Foundation

The Ara Pacis will also exclusively offer a dozen fashion photographs that Newton took in Rome, which have not been presented in previous exhibitions.

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