Duesseldorf: Myth Tour de France

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Ehrenhof 2
40479 Düsseldorf

The exhibition Mythos Tour de France lasts until July 30, 2017.Sabine-2 (Large)Sabine2-Bearbeitet (Large)

For her long-term project „Allez le Tour“ my friend Nicola Mesken has been photographing fans on the fringes of the route Tour the France for twelve years now. Using an analogue compact camera and black-and-white film she documents life on the fringes of the route and shows the fans’ quiet moments – sitting on their folding chairs, preparing breakfast, or playing Scrabble to make the waiting time pass more quickly.

 

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Nicola Mesken (left) about the approach of her Tour de France photography. Photo: Enric Boixadós

An international group exhibition showcases till July 30, 2017 the powerful imagery of the most important bicycle race in the world. It features portraits of cyclists, film documentaries, installations, landscape shots and mood images. The exhibition spans more than 80 years of Tour history with over 120 works by 20 international artists. It is shining a light on the tumultuous history of the Tour de France, showing its splendour and its more shady aspects and demonstrate how sporting events and image events are interdependent.

Beside Nicola Mesken there are works by Otto Berchem, Robert Capa, Laurent Cipriani, Andreas Gursky, Harry Gruyaert, Martin Höfer, Philipp Hympendahl, Richard Kalvar, Timm Kölln, Kraftwerk, Guy Le Querrec, Louis Malle, Reinhard Mucha, Pascal Rivet, Kai Schäfer, Paul Smith, Olaf Unverzart, Stephan Vanfleteren and John Vink.

Here you see an approach of Nicola Mesken’s work. It is an impressive testimony of sticking to a long planned project as well as ambition and courage. During 7 minutes the film will take you in an unknown world of both: the unconditional love to photography and the hard, often cruel challenges of a sport event which is unique on our planet.

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If you cannot get enough of the pics and impressions: Get Nico’s art book „Allez le tour“. It is in English, French, German and Spanish. You can order here!

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Nicola Mesken with Allez le tour! Follow her on Instagram! And on Facebook!

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Mario Testino in Berlin

IMG_7089 (Large)Mario Testino. In Your Face

Kulturforum
Matthäikirchplatz
10785 Berlin

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

IMG_7108„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.“

Mario Testino

IMG_7091 (Large) IMG_7102 (Large) IMG_7103 (Large)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.IMG_7092 (Large) IMG_7094 (Large) IMG_7095 (Large) IMG_7105 (Large) IMG_7100 (Large)