ITALY / Milan / Palazzo Reale: Richard Avedon
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until Sunday January 29 2023

Palazzo Reale
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piazza del Duomo 12

The exhibition entitled "Richard Avedon: Relationships", traces a career of Richard Avedon (1923–2004), one of the greats of 20th century photography. One hundred and six images, illustrating more than sixty years in the career of one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century.

Sponsored by Comune di Milano-Cultura, and produced and organized by Palazzo Reale and Skira Editore in collaboration with the Center for Creative Photography and the Richard Avedon Foundation, the exhibition is curated by Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator of the Center for Creative Photography collection, with Versace as main partner, and Vogue Italia as media partner.

The works on display enable visitors to explore the innovative aspects of Avedon’s art, which made him one of the most influential creative giants of the 20th century. On the one hand, he revolutionized the way models are photographed, turning them into actresses who were the main focus of a set, instead of static subjects, and showing their human side, while on the other hand his amazing, and often large-format, black and white portraits of celebrities reveal the more psychological side of the sitters.

A whole section is devoted to the collaboration between Richard Avedon and Gianni Versace, which began with the campaign for the 1980 spring/summer collection that marked the fashion designer’s debut, and continued right up to the campaign for the 1998 spring/summer collection, the first by Donatella Versace.

The exhibition is divided into ten sections: The Artist, The Premise of the Show, Early Fashion, Actors and Directors, Visual Artists, Performing Artists/Musicians and Writers/Poets, Avedon’s People, Politics, Late Fashion, Versace. However, it hinges on the two most characteristic aspects of Avedon’s work: fashion photographs and portraits.

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Photo: Richard Avedon, Nastassja Kinski, Los Angeles, California, June 14, 1981; © The Richard Avedon Foundation

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