Art & Design

March 22, 2016

Helmut Newton Retrospective Opens in Venice

From spread-eagle nude self portraits to stocking clad models at Lake Como

  • Written by Samira Larouci

Helmut Newton’s latest retrospective White Women, Sleepless Nights and Big Nudes, in conjunction with the iconic Bauer Hotel in Venice, serves as the perfect decadent backdrop for the king of eroticism.

The show, curated by Matthias Harder (curator of the Helmut Newton museum) and Denis Curti (vice president of Fondazione Fotografia) explores a collection of works from Newton’s now-legendary first three books White Women, Sleepless Nights and Big Nudes.

8_Helmut Newton, Tied Up Torso, Ramatuelle 1980

Published at the tail end of the 1970s and edited by Newton himself, the photos encapsulate the unadulterated hedonism that the photographer captured in his prime. From his spread-eagle nude self portraits in Hotel de Passe and stocking-clad models strolling the grounds of Lake Como’s Villa d’Este, to portraits of David Hockney at the Piscine Royale in Paris.


Lavish hotels had always set the fitting mise en scene of for the German photographer’s nudes and, if he were alive today, he’d have probably shot a number at the Bauer.

White Women, Sleepless Nights and Big Nudes, April 7th – August 7th at Tre Oci, Venice, Italy


  • hoaxvii

    Newton throws me… in one regard, I think his much of his photography, his locations, and many of his ideas are powerful, almost second to none in fashion photography… but then on the other hand, the content gets ever so tedious and repetitive. Girls with big tits, dark hair and shapely waists seemed to be the only imaginable content for him for 30 odd years. Talk about finding a niche and sticking with it.

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