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Irving Penn: Centennial, at C/O Berlin

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Address: Amerika Haus
Hardenbergstrasse 22–24

Starts: 23 March, 2018
Ends: 01 July, 2018
Opening times: Daily 1100-2000hrs
Genre: People and Portraits

The "Irving Penn: Centennial" retrospective is traveling to Germany, where it will be on view at C/O Berlin from March 24 through July 1, 2018. Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation to celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Irving Penn's birth, this will be the first exhibition of his work in Berlin in 20 years. The exhibition presents more than 240 works and offers an in-depth survey of his exceptionally diverse and prolific career.

The opening will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018, at 07:00 pm at the Amerika Haus in Hardenbergstrasse 22–24, 10623 Berlin.

With a body of work stretching from portraits of Pablo Picasso, Marlene Dietrich, Alfred Hitchcock, New Guinean natives to abstract female nudes, exquisite still lifes, all the way to glamorous fashion photos for Vogue, Irving Penn (1917–2009) is considered the most influential photographer of the twentieth century. In his nearly 70-year career, he created an exceptionally diverse and distinctive visual cosmos.

An unparalleled master of different genres, he succeeded in weaving contemporary photography and art. His new and different photographic gaze made each of his subjects special, whether they were human beings or inanimate objects. His innovative photographs are infused with clarity, elegance, perfection, and a flawless beauty. His unique style and pared-down aesthetic remain influential to this day, and have had a profound impact on innumerable successors.

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, C/O Berlin is commemorating Irving Penn with a major retrospective. The exhibition featuring around 240 works was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation. More than 180 works to be donated by The Irving Penn Foundation to The Metropolitan Museum of Art forms the core of the exhibition, among them the famous studies of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, the most sought-after photo model of the time, who became Irving Penn’s wife and muse.

A comprehensive monograph accompanying the exhibition is published by Schirmer/Mosel, Munich.


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