Images of Women

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (2002) - NRW Forum, Düsseldorf (1999)

Foreword by Irina Antonova, Director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow >"It is only quite recently that photography – especially contemporary photography – has been recognized as a true art form and found its place in art museums." >-Irina Antonova, Director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow It is only quite recently that photography – especially contemporary photography – has been recognized as a true art form and found its place in art museums. Today, together with paintings and drawings, photographs are gaining new ground amongst the most treasured holdings of both national and private art collections. This important step towards the appreciation and rediscovery of photography is marked by the exhibition of works by Peter Lindbergh – known mainly in the world of fashion – at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Although these photographs have been displayed in the galleries and museums of many European capitals, this will be the first time that Russian viewers will see a personal exhibition of this kind. >Art critics and specialists often underrate fashion photography, attributing it to show business alone. Art critics and specialists often underrate fashion photography, attributing it to show business alone. However, Lindbergh is part of an important photography trend that could be called “classic postmodernism”. What makes this master interesting is his use of an international photographic heritage and the skilful adaptation of familiar icons and techniques in an advertising context. Lindbergh’s work is far from trivial advertising : he presents not objects but images, not products but the atmosphere, state of mind, and emotions. Instead of idolizing celebrities that pose for him, Lindbergh seeks to enrich them with expressiveness and individuality, making for dynamic and unaffected photographs. >We see the arrival of Lindbergh’s photographs in our museum as an important step in the development of relations between the academic world and modern life. The always-fashionable laconic combination of black and white underlines the classical status of the masterworks. It is the dialogue with the viewer that matters in the photographs, while the people remain the center of attention by virtue of their role in the frame. We see the arrival of Lindbergh’s photographs in our museum as an important step in the development of relations between the academic world and modern life. I hope that this exhibition will attract not only experts, but everyone interested in the photography, fashion and style of the turbulent and intriguing times we live in. 2014 : HDLU Museum, Zagreb, Croatia (The Unknown & Images of Women) 2013 : Corso Como Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 2003 : Transphotographiques, Auditorium du Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France (Images of Women & Invasion) 2002 : Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia 2001 : Geukins & De Vil Contemporary Art, Knokke-Zout, Belgium 2000 : International Photography Festival CulturrCentrum, Knokke-Heist, Belgium 1999 : NRW- Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf, Germany 1998 : Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy / Palazzo dell’Arte, Milan, Italy / Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany 1997 : Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum of the Contemporary Age, Berlin, Germany / Hamiltons Gallery, London, England / Daimaru Museum, Osaka, Japan / KunstHaus Wein, Vienna, Austria 1996 : Exhibition and Installation Retrospective, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan