Helmut Newton's Photographs in Venice

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Helmut Newton
Photographs. White Women/Sleepless Nights/Big Nudes

7 April 2016 – 7 August 2016
Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice

curated by Matthias Harder e Denis Curti

He took photos of women in high heels to add muscular tension to their statuesque bodies. He's the icon of eroticism in fashion photography. He recounted the 1980s in the most sensual way. With the exhibition White Women/ Sleepless Nights/ Big Nudes Helmut Newton's photography arrives in Venice at the Casa dei Tre Oci from 7 April until 7 August 2016.

Curated by Matthias Harder and Denis Curti and organised by Civita Tre Venezie in collaboration with the Helmut Newton Foundation, this exhibition has been strongly supported by June Newton, the photographer's widow, who collected the first three books published by her husband in the late 1970s.

More than 200 pictures taken by the master of black and white photography for magazines, beside those Newton took for himself throughout the years. They pay tribute to women and to female body, the means Newton used to show female beauty with.


The exhibition is organised in three sections:

White Women: in this volume, published in 1976, Newton introduced nude and eroticism in fashion photography for the first time. These 81 pictures (42 colour photographs and 39 b/w) that are inspired by the works of Francisco Goya, are mainly female nudes recounting contemporary fashion.

Sleepless Nights: the 1978's volume collects 69 pictures (31 colur phtoographs and 38 b/w) realised for the most important magazines. realizzate per i magazine più importanti. Tey portrait and report the dreamlike atmosphere that feature women, with their body and clothes, as the main characters.

Big Nudes: the 1981's volume shows the 39 black and white blow-ups welcomed by galleries and museums all over the world. Newton was inspired by the manifestos of the German police while they were searching for the RAF terrorists, giving birth to a short circuit of Eros and Thanatos that influences the visual imagery of the world.

Casa dei Tre Oci
Fondamenta delle Zitelle, Giudecca
Venezia, Italy

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