Mario Testino – The Master of Celebrity Photography comes to the German Capital.
If you happen to be city breaking in Berlin over the coming months, why not pop over to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s Kulturforum where currently on display is a fabulous exhibition devoted to the photographic portfolio of esteemed, world-famous celebrity photographer, Mario Testino. Entitled ‘Mario Testino: In Your Face’, this is the exhibition’s first outing on European soil, having previously been on display in Boston, Buenos Aires and São Paolo and, in collaboration with Swarovski, presents the full range of Testino’s photographic output with 125 spectacular images displayed for all to see.
Indeed the exhibition explores and celebrates the innovation and diversity in Testino’s photography, placing particular emphasis on its “provocative contrasts”. Testino himself was involved not only in selecting which photos to include, but also the layout of the works, contrasting private snapshots with more formal portraits, fashion photography with nudes and works in both colour and black and white. Included in the 125 selected images are a wealth of famous names including models, Claudia Schiffer and Kate Moss; the actor, Josh Hartnett; and musicians, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.
In the words of Testino himself “In Your Face, for me, represents the most free way of expression. As an image-maker people always want to put you in a box. I believe we are made of many different aspects and not always are we allowed to let all these different aspects show, let alone to live next to each other as they do in this exhibition. This particular hanging style for these photographic works allows all of these different aspects of my curiosity to have a conversation; they not only exist on their own but trigger a reaction when being next to each other.”
The exhibition runs until 26th July and entrance costs 10€ or 9€ if you buy online (5€ concessions). Closed Mondays, the Kulturforum, situated near Potsdamer Platz, is otherwise open from 10am until 6pm (from 11am at weekends and until 8pm on Thursdays). And whilst you’re there, why not consider visiting one of the three museums housed within the Kulturforum (in fact there’s four, but the Neue Nationalgalerie is currently closed for renovations)?
There’s the Gemäldegalerie, boasting one of the major European art collections worldwide with six centuries represented by the phenomenal works of Titian, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Watteau and Giotto. You’ve also got the Museum of Prints and Drawings (Kupferstichkabinett) with some 110,000 drawings, water colours and oil paintings as well as hundreds of illustrated books, printing plates and miniatures, in addition to another 5550,000 prints contained within its vast collection, one of the most important of its kind worldwide. Finally, there’s the Museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerbemuseum), its diverse collection contain furniture, silverware Delftware, glasses, porcelain and costumes dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.