Don’t miss the magnificent showcase of Leibovitz’s work which is currently on display at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The exhibition will only be open until the 18th of September 2011.
Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005, is an exhibition which has toured the world. It first opened at the Brooklyn Museum in October 2006 and has since toured the United States including San Diego, Atlanta, Washington and San Francisco. In Europe, it was on view in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Vienna and Stockholm. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia was the most recent to host it before the Hermitage.
I was lucky enough to visit this exhibition in 2009 whilst it was hosted at C/O Berlin. It was a stunning experience which I will probably never forget. Leibovitz’s views of Monument Valley, exhibited as floor to ceiling prints will remain impressed in my memory for years to come.
The exhibition features some of Leibovitz’s most iconic images including portraits of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg and Arnold Schwarzeneger, just to mention a few.
Arranged chronologically, the exhibition brings together the photographer’s star-studded assignments with her private life. Personal photographs of her family and close friends including her companion Susan Sontag are also included, and these images lie at the heart of this spectacular exhibition.
Annie Leibovitz has been taking powerful images since the early 1970s, when she made a name for herself at Rolling Stone. She became the magazine’s chief photographer in 1973, and ten years later began working for Vanity Fair as well as Vogue. She has been creating highly acclaimed work ever since.
Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005, forms part of the Hermitage 20/21 project, a program aimed at showcasing contemporary art. It will be open until the 18th of September, 2011 in rooms 169 to 173 of The Winter Palace.
The exhibition will subsequently be traveling to it’s second Russian venue, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art in Moscow.
Source/further information: www.hermitagemuseum.org/