From 24 March 1999 to 30 May 1999
Curated by Ida Gianelli
Known since the late ‘Fifties for his fashion photography and his photographs of female nudes, where he reveals the fetishism and the sadomasochism of the contemporary glance, Helmut Newton (Berlin, 1920 – Los Angeles, 2004) counteracts the clichés of the popularly disseminated photographic image with a universe of fantastical projections that, emerging from mass culture, appear to viewers as their own intimate realizations. On the occasion of the restoration of the Manica Lunga, Castello di Rivoli’s new exhibition wing, Newton – struck by the unfinished, virtual character of the architecture and by the superimposition of the physical spaces of the Castello with a complex, symbolic staging – creates a photographic shoot, from which eight black and white images are in the exhibition. In these, the interiors and exteriors of the Manica Lunga are presented as the set for a suggestive narration, animated by both the memory and the potential of the space. Built to hold the seventeenth-century painting gallery of the Savoy sovereigns, this unified space, which develops along a single perspectival axis, is captured in images populated by visitors consisting of the museum staff and 400 boys and girls dressed black, portrayed while looking at the architecture or extending their arms toward it. The images seem to allude to future exhibitions, as well as to the necessity and substantial function of the museum institution.