Nov 18, 2023 - May 01, 2024
Fact & Fiction
The MOP Foundation is proud to host Helmut Newton – Fact & Fiction, the new exhibition in A Coruña that intertwines the personal and the professional. The exhibition begins with a sequence of Polaroids which give an immediate insight into the way Newton worked. The Polaroids were an important element in helping him build the picture that he had visualised. The display of magazine spreads reminds us that in most cases the pictures Newton was building were intended for the magazine page – Helmut’s primary point of encounter with his audience.
As the show unfolds into a dazzling sequence of images, we realise that we have entered Newton’s world – where we are left to disentangle for ourselves what is fact and what is fiction. This is a world of the imagination, yet the intriguing universe into which we are drawn is staged in contexts we recognise as real. It is a world of hints and allusions – including knowing references to historic artists, among them Manet, Velazquez. and May Ray, to Alfred Hitchcock and to the melodrama of film noir. We are invited to see the world anew through Newton’s exceptional, razor-sharp, and revealing eyes.
Personal & Professional
The exhibition presents an array of Helmut Newton’s most iconic images including Rue Aubriot and Big Nude III and his memorable portraits of such celebrated subjects as David Bowie, Naomi Campbell, Karl Lagerfeld, Charlotte Rampling, Yves Saint Laurent, Margaret Thatcher, and Andy Warhol. His lesser known, highly atmospheric landscapes add an unexpected dimension. The exhibition also features portraits of Newton from different times in his life, personal artefacts, posters, and videos of him at work.
Helmut Newton – Fact & Fiction is curated by Philippe Garner, Matthias Harder, and Tim Jefferies
A Coruña Galicia, Spain
A magical, inspirational, place where the land meets the sea - a place brimming with creative contradictions and possibilities.