Helmut Newton Retrospective

Saturday, 24 March, 2012 - Sunday, 17 June, 2012

Grand Palais
Galerie sud-est
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris

Since Helmut Newton’s death in 2004, there has been no retrospective of his work in France although he did much of his work there, particularly for Vogue Paris. Provocative, sometimes shocking, Newton’s work tried to capture the beauty, eroticism, humour – and sometimes violence – that he sensed in the social interaction within the familiar worlds of fashion, luxury, money and power.

We used to say of Yves Saint Laurent that his creations had empowered women. The same could be said of Helmut Newton. Nude or in a dinner jacket, Newton’s women are powerful, seductive and dominant. They are liberated women who take full responsibility for the freedom of their bodies. They are rich women, who have conquered the world and its money, luxuries, and refinement - from evening gowns to bed. When Newton published A World Without Men, he formulated the visionary expression of a society in which women had gained enough power to do without men if need be.

But the exhibition does not stop at Newton’s women: it brings together more than two hundred photographs, mostly original or vintage prints made under Helmut Newton’s supervision. The exhibit will be supported by a film made by his wife of sixty years, the photographer June Newton. Through the major themes in his work the exhibition seeks to show that Newton was more than a fashion photographer. His photography shook off all constraints, even though he often worked within the rigid framework of fashion and portraiture. As this retrospective puts forward, Newton's works are artistic classics, which challenge genres as much as they do content.

The exhibition is curated by June Newton, with the collaboration of Jérôme Neutres, advisor to the President of the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais.