Gian Paolo Barbieri Exhibition: Fashion and Fiction
07.03 - 26.05.2019
Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow,
Portraits of Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Vivienne Westwood, supermodels Verushka and Mirella Petteni, the women of the world and photo remakes of classical paintings and cinema.
All 70 works by Gian Paolo Barbieri presented in the Arsenal demonstrate the power of beauty and the diversity of art works that inspired the author. References to Ernst Lubitsch, Alfred Hitchcock, Vincent Minnelli or Michael Curtis help Barbieri recreate the atmosphere of cult films and shape timeless elegance.
Barbieri, one of the key fashion figures, today is inextricably linked with famous fashion designers: he created a lot of high-profile advertising campaigns and cult shots for Valentino, Armani, Versace, Gianfranco Ferré.
Gian Paolo Barbieri was born in Milan in 1938. In the 1960s, this photographer did not only witness changes in fashion and the female image, but had a significant impact on these changes. Before opening his own studio, Barbieri in 1964 became assistant photographer for Tom Kublin, with whom he worked on Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent's collections. This experience opened the door to the publishing house Condé Nast, where in 1965 Barbieri was entrusted to shoot the cover for the first issue of the Italian Vogue. Having coped with the task, the photographer began to receive regular commissions from French, American and German editorials. Drama education, a passion for theatre and cinema, directing talent blended in a special creative approach and allowed Barbieri to develop a unique refined style, evident in all his works.
Being engaged in advertising campaigns and fulfilling orders of the most prestigious international publications, Barbieri did not stop the artistic research and continues to make portraits, work with nudes, and tattoo art. His latest hobby is still life photography.
Embodying his vision of beauty and elegance in photography for over 40 years, Gian Paolo Barbieri received many awards, his works have been published in numerous publications, the most important museums of the world regularly hold his exhibitions.
Curator: Laura Serani.
Exhibition opening will be held on March 6 at 19:00. The admission to the opening is free.