Art News: Mario Testino Photo Exhibit at Thyssen-Bornemisza and Art Forum Berlin: International Art Show

23 Sep


Todo o Nada (All or Nothing) at the El Museo de arte Thyssen Bornemisza, brings together fifty-four photographs by Mario Testino which reveal two opposing directions in his work: fashion and the nude. These subjects are to be discovered both in his well-known published oeuvre as a fashion photographer as well as in his personal work, and the show includes a number of photographs specially taken for this exhibition and seen here for the first time.

For Mario Testino, the hear t of Todo o Nada lies in contemplating the process and implications involved in the act of removing one’s clothes and becoming naked. As he says, “The pictures star t fully clothed and end naked. But where does fashion photography end and portraiture begin?” To this end, the exhibition includes photographs in which the models wear elaborate dresses, in sets specifically created for each picture and characterised by a deliberate theatricality, contrasted with others in which they are seen starkly unclothed, referring to iconic Plates of Spanish art such as Goya’s Majas.

The exhibition also reveals many dimensions of the relationship between the photographer and his models. From the glamour of the most famously beautiful women in the world, nude, or wearing haute couture (often photographed with a touch of irony and a provocative sense of humour), to more intimate, oblique and spontaneous moments, Todo o Nada is an ode to ‘Testino’s woman’.

The exhibition is currently running through January 9, 2011.


Leading galleries from the world’s most important art centers will present art from 1960 to the present day. Opening day is October 6 and runs through October 10, 2010.

All the artistic means of expression are represented at art forum berlin. The repertoire ranges from painting, sculpture and photography to installations and to drawings, graphics, performance and video art. Sectors for young art (focus) and for cultural institutions and international art magazines complement the exhibition programme. Every day, panel discussions (Berlin talks) invite the interested public to discuss current issues around collecting and exhibiting art together with renowned personalities of the international art scene.

Visit Art Forum Berlin for more information.

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