The first ever exhibition curated by the late Peter Lindbergh himself shortly before his untimely death, Untold Stories at the Düsseldorf Kunstpalast served as a blank canvas for the photographer’s unrestrained vision and creativity. Given total artistic freedom, Lindbergh curated an uncomprimising collection that sheds an unexpected light on his colossal oeuvre. This book, the official companion to the landmark exhibition, offers an extensive, first-hand look at the highly personal collection.
Renowned the world over, Lindbergh’s images have left an indelible mark on contemporary culture and photo history. Here, the photographer experiments with his own oeuvre and narrates new stories while staying true to his lexicon. In both emblematic and never-before-seen images, he challenges his own icons and presents intimate moments shared with personalities who had been close to him for years, including Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright, Jessica Chastain, Jeanne Moreau, Naomi Campbell, Charlotte Rampling and many more.
This XL volume presents more than 150 photographs—many of them unpublished or short-lived, being usually commissioned by monthly fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Rolling Stone, W Magazine, or The Wall Street Journal. An extensive conversation between Lindbergh and Kunstpalast director Felix Krämer, as well as an homage by close friend Wim Wenders, offer fresh insights into the making of the collection. The result is an intimate personal statement by Lindbergh about his work.
The Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories exhibition will start on February 5th 2020 at the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf and, after Hamburg and Darmstadt, will arrive in Italy, at the Donnaregina Museum of Contemporary Art in Naples, in March 2021.
“When I saw my photos on the wall in the exhibition model for the first time, it gave me a fright, but also in a good way. It was overwhelming to be thus confronted with who I am.”
— Peter Lindbergh, 2019
Peter Lindbergh (1944–2019) was a master of his craft who has made his mark in the halls of photography history, with such credits as shooting the first American Vogue cover under Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, bringing together for the first time a group of young women who would become the ’90s supermodels, and numerous exhibitions at renowned institutions including Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as in solo exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
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Director, author, and photographer Wim Wenders is one of the most prominent German filmmakers today. He is best known for Paris, Texas (1984), Wings of Desire (1987), Pina (2011), and The Salt of the Earth (2014), a documentary about Sebastião Salgado which he co-directed. Many artists have been influenced by his works, among them his close friend, the late Peter Lindbergh.
Felix Krämer was born in Cambridge in 1971 and is art historian and curator. He studied art history, classical archeology and folklore at the University of Hamburg from 1993 to 1999 and in 2000 he started working as a curator for the Hamburger Kunsthalle. He organized exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. In May 2013 he received the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Since the first October 2017, he is general manager and artistic director of the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.