New Venue: Double celebration for the New Museum of Photography in Berlin
On June 4th, 2004 the Prussian Cultural Property Foundation (Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz), together with the Helmut Newton Foundation (Stiftung Helmut Newton) celebrated the official opening of the new centre of the State Museums of Berlin (Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin), namely, the Museum of Photography (Museum für Fotographie). The museum aims to be a platform for unconventional photographers, photographic installations as well as work space providing wide support for artists and researchers. The museum is situated at the former Landwehr - Kasino, in Jebenstrasse 2, Zoologisher Garten, Berlin.
It was a double celebration for the Museum's Director Dr. Ludger Derenthel, who also inaugurated the two Helmut Newton and his wife June Newton's (Alice Springs)exhibitions, curated by Dr. Matthias Harder.
The Newton artistic inheritance will be a permanent exhibition on the ground and first floors, while the Prussian Cultural Property Foundation will exhibit in the future on the top two floors.
The artist is known for his portraits depicting the exclusive worlds of privileged people of the Arts, Cinema, Politics and Fashion.
Welcoming the public are the controversial Big nudes, inspired by the images of the police of Nazi propaganda. If one can get over this initial confrontation, one can head on upstairs to the more subtle and intimate shows of Helmut Newton and his wife Alice Springs, which are divided into two different thematic exhibitions Sex & Landscapes and Us and them. A retrospective containing almost 200 images is on show, some of them for the very first time.
Us & Them gives an insight into the couple's private life and their circle of friends, 50 years of collaboration and relationship, a synergy.
The photo shot by Alice Springs at her husband's deathbed, just before he passed away, is also quite touching.
Sex and Landscapes underlines the complexity of Newton's Photography, a mystic landscape that accompanies sophisticated naked women, suggesting a story line in the viewer's mind.
It was Newton's wish, while he was still alive, to donate the permanent heritage of the couple (1000 works) to his hometown Berlin and to fund part of the new venue's refurbishment.
Berlin can be proud to present Newton's life works at the Museum of Photography, which revolutionized the language of photography and the woman image.
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