Till 26 July 2015
“Mario Testino uses the camera lens to transform the most beautiful moments of fashion into immortal visual moments, which in their splendour, sophistication and perfection of form are reminiscent of the major epochs of painting. Mario Testino also makes a transformation in each of his photographs – from a visual witness to the history of fashion to a visual artist who writes the history of art with his works.”
Moritz Wullen, Director Kunstbibliothek
„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.“
For the first time in Berlin, the Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin presents the work of the influential photographer Mario Testino at the Kulturforum. The show „Mario Testino: In Your Face“ shows the full range of his photographic work, in 125 images, placing particular emphasis on its provocative contrasts. This is the first time „In Your Face“ has been exhibited in Europe following its premiere in 2012 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
It has also been shown at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericana de Buenos Aires (MALBA) and at the Museu de Arte Brasileira (FAAP) in São Paolo in 2014. The exhibition explores and celebrates the innovation and diversity in Testino’s photography, which evokes elegance, irreverence and contradiction. Testino was involved with the selection and layout of the works, juxtaposing formal portraits with private snapshots, nudes with fashion, and black and white with colour.