Marta Ortega to dedicate next exhibition at her foundation in A Coruña to Helmut Newton
This autumn, the iconic Australian-German photographer will land in A Coruña thanks to the efforts of Inditex's president. After promoting two retrospective exhibitions dedicated to the work of equally iconic photographers Peter Lindbergh and Steven Meisel, the Marta Ortega Pérez Foundation will pay homage to Helmut Newton's work at the port area in A Coruña, from November 18, 2023, to May 1, 2024.
Titled "Helmut Newton - Fact & Fiction," the exhibition has the support of the Helmut Newton Foundation, and it is curated by photography expert Philippe Garner, Helmut Newton Foundation vice president Matthias Harder, and Tim Jefferies, the director of Hamiltons Gallery.
"Over his six-decade-long career, Helmut Newton came to be considered one of the world's most significant photographers. A prolific image creator and a true visionary, his influence on modern photography and visual arts remains substantial even today," stated the MOP Foundation in a press release about the photographer born in 1920 in Berlin.
Through a series of videos, the exhibition will explore the artist's personal side, taking visitors on a journey through his childhood, professional career, and even his relationship with his wife, June. Additionally, the exhibition will include other items such as posters, cameras, equipment, accessories, curious objects, and personal mementos.
The selection of photographs will showcase Helmut Newton's visual language, including his iconic "Big Nudes" and a comprehensive series of portraits of recognized personalities such as Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Margaret Thatcher, Charlotte Rampling, Elsa Perretti, Daryl Hannah, Jerry Hall, Naomi Campbell, Yves Saint Laurent, and Karl Lagerfeld. Furthermore, the exhibition will also present lesser-known examples of the photographer's work related to cities like Paris, Los Angeles, Monte Carlo, Berlin, Vienna, or Las Vegas.
"Helmut Newton is part of that stellar group of photographers whose images are instantly recognizable. His great revolutionary act was to completely change how women were portrayed in fashion magazine pages. Now, it was women who enjoyed the design and fashion, the power, and the splendor of their bodies; elegantly seductive and untouchable women. His photographs went beyond his time and were far ahead of their time: he laid the foundations for the photographers who followed him in an extraordinary way," said Marta Ortega.
She added that working "with photographers whose work" she admires "is a great privilege," and she does it "not only with the ambition of enriching the cultural life of A Coruña but also with the hope that future generations of visual artists who visit the exhibitions will find their own inspiration in the work of these influential artists."
As detailed by the organization via a statement, the Marta Ortega Pérez Foundation's activities are "structured around three pillars: fashion, photography, and A Coruña." Its inaugural exhibition was dedicated to Peter Lindbergh, "Untold Stories," in 2021. It attracted more than 100,000 visitors. Its second proposal, a year later, "Steven Meisel: 1993 A Year in Photographs," increased these figures and attracted 130,000 people. Admission for visitors is entirely free of charge.
The funds raised through the exhibition program have allowed the foundation to create an educational program led by artists aimed at promoting knowledge of different masters of photography. Specifically, the 2022/2023 program involved the participation of 9,000 students and 300 teachers from 93 educational centers throughout Galicia.
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