Munich: Peter Lindbergh and his Supermodels

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White Shirts: Estelle Léfebure, Karen Alexander, Rachel Williams, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz & Christy Turlington, Malibu, 1988 © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris / Gagosian Gallery)



April 13 – August 27, 2017
daily 10 – 20 h

Kunsthalle München
Theatinerstraße 8
80333 München

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Kate Moss, Paris, 2014 Vogue Italia © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris / Gagosian Gallery) Giorgio Armani, S/S 2015

This exhibition about German photographer Peter Lindbergh (born 1944 in Lissa), one of the most influential fashion photographers of the past 40 years, features more than 220 photographs. His iconic images, with which he heralded the supermodel phenomenon in the 1990s, will be presented along with unpublished photographs and unseen material, varying from personal notes, storyboards, props, polaroids, contact sheets and films to monumental prints. His avant-garde images quickly addressed concerns of society in a world with established aesthetic codes: his pure black-and-white photographs have determined the course of fashion photography since the early 1980s.


Tribute to Nijinski (Kristen McMenamy), New York, 1993 Harper’s Bazaar © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris / Gagosian Gallery) Valentino, Spring/Summer 1993

Lindbergh’s predominantly black and white photographs that capture the fleeting moment opened up a new dimension of realism in fashion photography, revolutionizing the visual idiom of the well-known magazines and fashion labels. Avoiding the artifice of fashion photography, Lindbergh was the first to focus on the unique personalities of his models. Instead of beautifully dressed human “clothes horses”, he portrayed self-assured, expressive personas, from the femme fatale to the heroine, but also the female dancer and the actress. His oeuvre is characterized by portraits that radiate a certain lack of inhibition and physical grace.


Pina Bausch, Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, 1996 © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris / Gagosian Gallery) Giorgio Armani

About the exhibition

The exhibition “From Fashion to Reality” is an homage to Lindbergh’s multifaceted oeuvre from 1978 to the present day. The show has a thematic approach, marking his creative development and focusing on the passions he developed over the years.

Eight different sections have been devised: “Supermodels”, “Couturiers”, “Zeitgeist”, “Dance”, “The Darkroom”, “The Unknown”, “Silver Screen” and “Icons”.


Models like Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz, among others, were young and unknown when Lindbergh photographed them in the late 1970s and 1980s. Later, their first names became household names that rolled off tongues the world over. While the focus of influential fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar or Vogue had hitherto been on the clothes, the spotlight was now being shone onto the women presenting them. This section shows Lindbergh’s iconic pictures from the 1990s and is complemented with photographs from the recent reunion of the supermodels (published in Vogue Italia, September 2015). Lindbergh shows that twenty-five years later, they have not lost any of their beauty and personality.

Check it out! The exhibition is really great!


Charlotte Rampling, Paris, 1987 Vanity Fair © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh, Paris / Gagosian Gallery)



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