Mario Testino: Superstar automatic translate
с 31 Мая
по 29 Сентября
Музей современного искусства Эрарта
Васильевский остров, 29-я линия, д.2
For the first time in Russia, the Erarta Museum of Art holds an exhibition of works by fashion-photography superstar Mario Testino, whose unique talent conquered all the major fashion houses, including Chanel and Gucci, was appreciated by magazines from Vogue to Vanity Fair and fascinated many celebrities, including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
Visitors to the Erarta Museum will be able to directly get acquainted with the phenomenon of Mario Testino, about whose works Karl Lagerfeld responded as follows: "In the world of photography there is no other artist with such an infinite passion for beauty." The large-scale exhibition includes more than fifty large-format works created between 1996 and 2015. in the course of portrait and fashion photo shoots with the participation of world stars, whose names are known to billions of people on the planet, but whose true essence they managed to catch precisely to the lens of Mario Testino. The feelings that appear when looking at a photograph by Mario Testino were perhaps best conveyed by Anna Wintour: “Has anyone ever managed to look more luxurious, regal, sexy, provocative or dazzling than in Mario’s pictures?”.
The exhibition in the Erarta Museum offers a variety of images that have become cult and evoked a powerful resonance over the past two decades. This includes the cover of Madonna’s seventh studio album, Ray of Light, and Kate Moss’s provocative shots adorning billboards around the world, and a sensual portrait of Lady Gaga, and candid Nude Demi Moore and Gisele Bündchen, and an incredibly lively and immediate photo of laughing Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, and much, much more. A simple enumeration of people who can be seen at the exhibition in the Erarta Museum, from supermodels Cara Delevingne, Natalia Vodianova and Naomi Campbell to Hollywood stars of first magnitude Brad Pitt, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet - sounds like a list of people invited to the most exclusive party in the world. Mario Testino has always managed to uncover the stars to the extent that they were ready only for his camera, thanks to which there was a master’s original philosophy: because before his look something inaccessible to others appears, his duty is to show this to the world.
As Testino himself says, “an ideal fashion photo can simultaneously be present in two realities: I would like to enjoy a fantasy that will be realistic enough to convince me of its reachability, tangible enough to make it seem that you are already in it, but at the same time it is so beautiful that it unwittingly becomes clear that it can exist only in the photo. ” Erarta Museum will give every visitor a unique opportunity to plunge into such a fantasy. The exhibition will run from May 31 to September 29, 2019. For owners of subscriptions to the Erarta Museum entrance to the exhibition is free.
About Mario Testino:
Mario Testino was born in Lima (Peru) in 1954. His outstanding talent allowed him to quickly go the way from an unknown student with a camera, forced after moving to London in 1976 to work as a waiter, to one of the world’s greatest fashion-photographers of all time and honorary gentleman of the Order of the British Empire, who was granted to him in 2014 for exceptional contribution to photo art. Other awards include the Peruvian Order of Merit (2010) and the Brazilian Tiradentis Medal (2007).
Mario Testino’s works have been published in almost all the leading fashion magazines - Vogue, V Magazine, Vanity Fair, GQ, Allure and others. He created images for the advertising campaigns of the largest fashion brands, including Chanel, Burberry and Versace. In the mid-1990s, provocative advertisements with Tom Ford and Karin Roitfeld brought him special fame, which helped Gucci to become one of the most influential fashion houses. World stars such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Demi Moore, Jude Law, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga posed for the test, and their continued work with Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen is often credited with achieving their supermodel status. Among the most famous works of Testino is a series of portraits of Diana, Princess of Wales. Over the past two decades, the photographer has also repeatedly been entrusted with filming the most memorable events in the life of the British royal family, for example, a photo session of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of their engagement in 2010.
In addition to photographing, Mario Testino at various times served as creative director and freelance editor for a number of publications, and his passion for art was reflected not only in his private collection, but also in the creation of the non-profit museum Museo Mario Testino in Barranco, one of his native regions Lima.
Celebrities about Mario Testino:
“Has anyone ever managed to look more luxurious, regal, sexy, provocative or dazzling than in Mario’s pictures?” (Anna Wintour)
“When Mario takes a global star, a meeting of equals takes place” (Anna Wintour)
“No one can give a precise definition of beauty. Beauty is experienced as a personal experience, which is confirmed only by the heart. This is how I perceive the works of Mario ”(Karl Lagerfeld)
“The secret of Mario is that he forces you to unwittingly imitate his own openness and thereby subordinates you to himself” (Sienna Miller)
“Testino has the gift of transforming celebrities and capturing myths on film. He is a true creator of images, people and brands. ”(Malcolm Rogers, former director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Mario Testino about me:
"Fashion photography is the creation of images that can transfer the viewer to another reality."
“When people try to criticize a fashion photo, arguing that it is unrealistic and does not reflect real life, I am perplexed. Well, of course, it is unrealistic, that’s the whole point! ”
“At first, I was afraid of celebrities — and they, quite possibly, were just as afraid of my camera. It should be remembered that there is always some tension between the photographer and the model. To overcome my awkwardness, I started photographing stars at various events, in a relaxed and realistic manner, sometimes just talking. Photographing in the process of communication allowed me to get closer to my models, which subsequently made portrait photo shoots more natural, direct and sincere. I learned to shoot with the lightning speed of a cowboy, always holding his hand on the trigger. ”