Fashion photography conveys images and trends. it drafts ideal images of femininity, elegance, and glamour and then does away with them. Fashion photography visualizes collective conceptions of beauty and documents the change of cultural interests. dedicated to the subject of photography and fashion, the show Vanity, spanning from early studio photography to dynamic settings in urban space, from surreal compositions to ironic views of the fashion industry, from the mise-en-scène of dresses to supermodels, presents about twohundred works from the F.C. gundlach Collection. landmark photographs as well as unknown pictures from the late 1920s to the present day testify to the suggestive power of fashion photography between innovation and tradition, consumerism and art. F.C. gundlach, a fashion photographer himself, has assembled one of the most comprehensive private collections of photographs in the germanspeaking world. He has never understood fashion photography as veneer, but seen it as a culture’s form of expression mirroring an era’s zeitgeist and view of man in their outward appearance.
With works by Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, Cecil Beaton, Sibylle Bergemann, Erwin Blumenfeld, Guy Bourdin, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Hubs Flöter, Ralph Gibson, F.C. Gundlach, Horst P. Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene, George Hurrell, William Klein, Nick Knight, David LaChapelle, Edgar Leciejewski, Zoe Leonard, Leon Levinstein, Peter Lindbergh, Gjon Mili, Sarah Moon, Armin Morbach, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Regina Relang, Kristian Schuller, Melvin Sokolsky, Deborah Turbeville, Yva, Imre von Santho, Wols
Curators: Synne Genzmer, F.C. Gundlach
Exhibition Catalogue (Out of stock):
Editors: Kunsthalle Wien, Gerald A. Matt, F. C. Gundlach Foundation; with texts by: Gerald A. Matt, F.C. Gundlach, Isabelle Azoulay, Synne Genzmer, Frédéric Monneyron; Interview: Gerald A. Matt with F. C. Gundlach
220 pages, app. 95 images, german/english
Guided tour: Vanity
every Sunday 3 pm