Helmut Newton. Legacy

Foto di Helmut Newton
18/10/2023 - 10/03/2024
Museo dell'Ara Pacis,
Ingresso alla mostra da Via di Ripetta n. 180

Curated by Matthias Harder and Denis Curti, the exhibition, created in agreement with the Newton Foundation, uses around 250 photos, magazines and documents to take a renewed look at the unique, style and defiant side of the photographer, who described himself with these words: "My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain".

The exhibition explores the complete shooting history of one of the best-loved and most talked-about photographers of all time. Alongside the shots that made history, which appeared on the most important covers of fashion magazines, a corpus of previously unpublished shots reveals lesser-known aspects of Newton's work. A special focus is devoted to fashion shoots considered revolutionary at the time, such as the series inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut and Federico Fellini. Contact prints, special publications and archive materials allow the visitor to enter the heart of Helmut Newton's creative process.

The timeline chapters cover the different periods of the photographer's life and career, from his early days to his final years, with images that have become part of our visual and collective memory, such as the Big Nudes series. Until the end, Newton continued to enchant and provoke the public with his complex work on femininity, challenging all attempts to categorise women for more than six decades. The protagonists of his shots are subjects who have full awareness of their bodies, subtle irony and a defiant attitude towards others, without ever falling into vulgarity or banality.

The exhibition starts in the 1940s in Australia and continues through the 1950s in Europe, the 1960s in France, the 1970s in the United States and the 1980s between Monte Carlo and Los Angeles, up to the numerous shoots around the world in the 1990s and the last period of his career.

The Museo dell'Ara Pacis offers an exceptional selection from ten images of shootings that Newton took in Rome, not presented in previous exhibitions. These are fashion shots that the photographer took, creating those ephemeral and intense atmospheres that only he could evoke, combining the charm of the Capital with that of the subjects, chosen to embody his visions.

Please respect the copyright! There is no charge when using in commection with reporting on the exhibition HELMUT NEWTON. LEGACY (October 18, 2023 – March 10, 2024) at Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Rome. These images are only to be used once and only for press purposes promoting the exhibition HELMUT NEWTON. LEGACY. They are supposed to be printed in full, i.e., may not be cropped, nor tipped sideways or overwritten. The right of use for title-page or cover imprints have to be approved especially by the Helmut Newton Foundation.
All image data must be deleted from all media/storage devices after usage. Please send us two copies of your article:
Helmut Newton Foundation, Jebensstraße 2, 10623 Berlino
Dr. Matthias Harder, Tel.: + 49 (0)30 / 31 86 48 56
Nadine Dinter, Tel.: + 49 (0)30 / 39887411, Cell.: + 49 (0)151 123 70 951


Museo dell'Ara Pacis
, Ingresso alla mostra da Via di Ripetta n. 180
Opening hours

From 18 October 2023 to 10 March 2024
Daily from 9.30 to 19.30
24th and 31st December 9.30am-2pm
Last entrance one hour before closing
Closed 25 December

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Entrance ticket

Entrance ticket according to current pricing


060608 every day from 9.00 to 19.00

Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Cultura, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali e Marsilio Arte

In collaboration with
Fondazione Helmut Newton

Marsilio Arte
Zètema Progetto Cultura

With the support of

Fashion Partner

Media partner
La Repubblica
Rai Cultura
Rai Pubblica Utilità

Official Radio
Radio Monte Carlo

Matthias Harder, Denis Curti

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