STORIES SUPERMODELS

Ludwiggalerie Museum, Schloss Oberhausen, Germany

Nadja Auermann, Milla Jovovich, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Kristen McMenamy, Amber Valletta and Marie-Sophie Wilson are just some of the supermodels and stars that the photography of Peter Lindbergh has transformed into icons of the modern era. >The enigmatic, sphinx-like quality of his women is at the same time their inner contradiction: strong women, but women that are also vulnerable, brittle, fragile. Yearningly adored and grimly cursed in the past as goddesses, amazons, witches and fairies, and now reborn through Peter Lindbergh's photographic power of imagery in the form of supermodels. The enigmatic, sphinx-like quality of his women is at the same time their inner contradiction: strong women, but women that are also vulnerable, brittle, fragile. Wim Wenders in the latest Lindbergh book 'Stories' relates that the exhibition title denotes the women as being strong but without protection, full of devotion to the cause but untouchable, both familiar and distanced at the same time. With the expressionist methods of fashion photography Peter Lindbergh sets his Stories in scene at the most unusual of the world's locations. He casts his models against the towering industrial facades of Duisburg steelworks, the rugged cliffs at Zabriskie Point, within the urban canyons of Manhattan and on the deserted beaches of California. These are singular landscapes that with the artificiality of the creative entities coming to life from within them become the venues for modern myths, appearing at the same time real and a part of fiction. The 'Invasion' story forms the central part of the exhibition, a fantastically modern apocalypse documenting the arrival of beings from outer space to the planet Earth.