Client: Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais 2012
Photographer: Helmut Newton Foundation
Animation: Thomas Savary | Dro
What a treat for Helmut Newton this would have been! Finally at the Grand Palais in Paris! And even better: solo! Paris honours the German-born Jewish photographer, who passed away in 2004, with this first large retrospective at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais.
The concept underlying the exhibition was developed by his wife June Newton alias Alice Springs, a photographer in her own right, and features Newton as we know him best – large-scale prints of the 'female' category. The exhibition comprises 200 original photographs, Polaroids, large-scale photographs surrounded by press cuttings as well as a film by June Newton.
You can find the trailer as well as several motifs here on GoSee – Paris, Monaco, Monte Carlo with or without a shepherd dog, clothes or jewellery. The exhibition will run until the 17th of June.
Helmut Newton (nee Neustädter) was born in 1920 in Berlin, lived and worked in Paris from 1961 to 1981. He was granted Australian citizenship in 1946 and he primarily worked for high-gloss magazines from 1956 onwards, including titles such as the German, French or Italian Vogue – and he loved, loved, loved luxury. He photographed portraits and advertising campaigns for fashion designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.
He died in 2004 at the age of 83 from a heart attack while driving his Cadillac in Los Angeles, where the famous couple would spend the winter month since 1981. He was just about to leave the famous Hotel Chateu Marmont on Sunset Boulevard. He expressed his desire to be buried in Berlin. The last legendary person to die in the hotel was the actor, comedian and musician John Belushi on the 5th of March 1982.
The curator of the exhibition is June Newton, in collaboration with Jérôme Neutres, advisor to the president of the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais. The exhibition is organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais with warm support by June Newton, Monte-Carlo and the Helmut Newton Foundation Berlin.
Newton in the eyes of Newton
24th of March – 17th of June 2012
Grand Palais, South East Gallery
Entrance Avenue Winston Churchill
National Galleries of the Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général-Eisenhower