Landmark Exhibition Curated By Peter Lindbergh Opens In Spain
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Landmark Exhibition Curated By Peter Lindbergh Opens In Spain

December 3, 2021 Share

The major exhibition Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories, curated by Peter Lindbergh himself soon before his tragic death in 2019, is launching today in A Coruña, Galicia, and will run through February 28, 2022.

Lindbergh spent two years choosing 161 images from his four-decade career, in which he immortalised some of the world’s most famous women in fashion, film, and beyond, from Nicole Kidman and Charlotte Rampling to Uma Thurman and many of the models who defined the 1990s, such as Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss. He made a lasting impact on the fashion and photography industries. The display, which includes over 150 pictures from the early 1980s to 2019, provides fresh and surprising insights into the work of the iconic photographer.

The show is organised in collaboration with the Lindbergh Foundation and directed by the photographer’s son, Benjamin Lindbergh. It was organised with the assistance of Marta Ortega as part of a project for A Coruña with the goal of bringing world-class culture to the area while also showcasing Galicia’s rich cultural character to the globe. Marta Ortega is a friend of the photographer and a long-time fan of his work.

Ortega and Benjamin Lindbergh hosted a special evening to celebrate the launch of the exhibition on the 1st of December 2021.

The guest list was comprised of many leading figures of the art and fashion world including Naomi Campbell, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Luca Guadagnino, Vincent Van Duysen, David Sims, Mikael Jansson, Diana Picasso, Emmanuelle Alt, David Chipperfield, Axel Vervoordt, Clare Waight Keller and Aurélie Bidermann.

The show, which was created by Peter Lindbergh himself, will be housed in a renovated industrial building in A Coruña sports region, as part of an architectural intervention headed by Elsa Urquijo that will be a striking new addition to the city.

The educational programme, designed to highlight the importance of Lindbergh’s work among scholars and excite their interest in visual arts, is another link between the exhibition and its local setting. Over 2000 children will participate in workshops at schools and visits to exhibitions, which will be organised in partnership with A Coruña University and several Galician visual artists.

Linda Evangelista, Michaela Bercu & Kirsten Owen, Pont-à-Mousson, 1988. Courtesy Peter Lindbergh Foundation.
Querelle Jansen, Paris, 2012. Courtesy Peter Lindbergh Foundation.

Benjamin Lindbergh said: “When Peter visited A Coruña in 2018, the connection between the harbour city and his aesthetics resonated immediately. Galicia’s gloomy weather, the tumultuous tide waves intertwined with the omnipresent industrial background seemed like a perfect counterpart to the Ruhr region, where my father grew up in Germany. Such a place, where both force of nature and force of mankind unite harmoniously, would fit almost perfectly Untold Stories, the last exhibition he worked on and very likely his most personal project ever. On behalf of the Peter Lindbergh Foundation, I am immensely grateful to Marta Ortega for allowing Untold Stories to be displayed in her hometown and for Peter’s legacy to touch the people of Galicia and beyond.”

Marta Ortega said: “Peter and Galicia have great similarities…savage nature, natural beauty, the human warmth that makes you feel alive. It is my great privilege to be able to bring them both together. I do it with the sole purpose that each Coruñés, each Galician, each Spaniard, and everyone who travels the world and arrives in this wonderful land, will be able to freely enjoy and appreciate this exquisite exhibition that Peter prepared to the last detail before his untimely death. I hope, and firmly believe, that it will be the starting point for many who, once they have entered Peter’s world, will fall in love with his images and seek to get to know him in more depth.”


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