OCTOBER 19, 2022 – JANUARY 15, 2023
Helmut Newton, Fashion, Melbourne, 1955 © Helmut Newton Foundation

This major retrospective celebrates the centenary of Helmut Newton (1920–2004), with some delay due to the corona cris. Produced in partnership with the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, it documents with a wide selection of more than 300 works the complete oeuvre of the famous Berliner photographer.

Newton was a controversial figure who never ceased to fascinate and provoke, renowned for his photos of women, naked or dressed, powerful, aggressive, and self-assertive. His photos have been published countless times and are inscribed in our collective visual memory.

In 1938, Newton fled from the Nazi Germany to Australia, where he began to photograph fashion. Newton blazed the trail to his inimitable style in 1960s Paris by staging his models in shrill theatrical settings, out of the luxury - and eccentricity - governed haute couture scene conjuring up a situation of uncanniness and ambivalence.

Newton first started photographing nudes in the 1980s. With his sharply delineated, over-lifesize models in their almost belligerent nakedness, its sexuality self-confident and energy-charged in impact, he probed social and moral limits.