Coinciding with the arrival of Milan Trend Week, a new exhibition celebrating the work of pioneering French photographer Man Bourdin – who continues to be best-regarded for his daring, sensual fashion portraiture – opens at Armani/Silos, the exhibition area inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of designer Giorgio Armani’s profession.
Titled ‘Guy Bourdin: Storyteller’ (24 February – 31 August 2023), the exhibition promises a rare prospect to watch seminal is effective by the photographer, together with lesser-identified pieces of his oeuvre. The title was chosen for Bourdin’s potential to make narratives within just his photographic output, in section encouraged by his longtime admiration for the visual landscapes of Alfred Hitchcock and Edward Hopper.
‘He was in essence a storyteller, storyteller, able of condensing whole novels, generally crime or noir, into a single shot,’ Armani/Silos describes.
Male Bourdin: Storyteller at Armani/Silos
In a comment on the exhibition, Giorgio Armani notes that parallels among his possess model of discreet luxurious and Bourdin’s ‘clear-slash, graphic, and impactful work’ – which was deeply infused with sexuality – are not fast, though this sort of an opposition is component of the intention behind Armani/Silos.
‘[I want to make] Armani/Silos a centre of modern pictures culture, embracing almost everything similar to the Armani world as well as factors that could not be further more from it,’ he suggests.
‘A feeling of provocation is straight away apparent in his function but what strikes me the most – and what I needed to emphasis on – is alternatively his innovative liberty, his narrative ability and his terrific like of cinema,’ proceeds Armani, whose individual appreciate of movie is properly known.
‘Bourdin did not observe the crowd and he did not compromise and I determine with that. I really don’t believe that there is any other way to make a mark on the collective imagination.’
The exhibition will comprise 100 photographs, picked in affiliation in between Armani and the Male Bourdin Estate. A single place collates these connected to Bourdin’s recognisable use of saturated color – from dazzling lipstick red to greens and pinks – even though other rooms examine ‘his take on the deconstructed form’ (several of his images performed with mannequins, or broke down the human sort into composite sections) and his black and white oeuvre. The latter place, the residence claims, ‘shows how fast Bourdin’s expressive potential is, even with the most straightforward of contrasts’. An additional room hones on Bourdin’s enjoy of cinema.
Bourdin was born in Paris in 1928, to begin with beginning his vocation in the arts as a painter, just before teaching himself images in the early 1950s. About this time he fulfilled artist Male Ray, whose affect is found in the in many cases surreal components in Bourdin’s get the job done. Style pictures, nevertheless, would turn into the medium for which Bourdin is finest regarded, collaborating notably with Vogue Paris, the journal which would determine his career.
‘Compositions hovered among the absurd and the sublime, hugely stimulating the unconscious of the spectator,’ describes Armani/Silos. ‘The hyperreal colours, plays of mild and shadow, and “glossy“ make-up on the versions are all portion of his exclusive, unique visual code.’
‘Guy Bourdin: Storyteller’ will be open up to the community from 24 February – 31 August 2023.
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