Allure [Fr. style, elegance] Photographs from the Susanne von Meiss Collection | ITSLIQUID

Allure [Fr. style, elegance] Photographs from the Susanne von Meiss Collection

Fashion | April 29, 2016 |

Allure [Fr. style, elegance] Photographs from the Susanne von Meiss CollectionPhoto courtesy of Renè Groebli

Allure [Fr. style, elegance]
Photographs from the Susanne von Meiss Collection

Allure is something that does exist. “Allure holds you…whether it’s a gaze or a glance in the street or a face in a crowd…it pervades…you are captured by it.” Diana Vreeland, Fashion journalist. It shimmers quietly and timelessly from among all the rapidly changing fashions, trends and opinions. It appears only briefly in a fleeting combination of elegance, poverty and movement. Stance, attitude or allure is intangible, indescribable inconceivable and unattainable in the perpetual white noise of our zeitgeist. Yet it is the essence that radiates from deep within. It oscillates between coolness and naturalness, with a fascinating mixture of staging and authenticity. However, the more it becomes a theme in itself, shifting into focus, the more it dissipates. Should one wish to grasp it, or seek an explanation, it dissolves. Yet how can the fragile, immaterial character of allure be held photographically? Photographers constantly take on this challenge anew – with the goal of capturing this ephemeral phenomenon, sometimes spontaneously, at other times as a visual composition.

 

Allure [Fr. style, elegance] Photographs from the Susanne von Meiss CollectionPhoto courtesy of Gorman

 

Whether fashion photography, street photography, reportage or conceptual approaches  the respective working context of the individual photos in not significant in this compilation of the Susanne von Meiss Collection. Instead, all the photographs share the absence of the direct gaze of the person portraited into the camera and the subtle play with the hidden and the mysterious – that goes beyond sex or gender. Hence the main focus lies on detail views of individual parts of the body and accessories, as well as on silhouettes, movement or concealment. The individual photographs do not tell any explicit stories. They do not contain any direct narrative. They serve as diverse projection films for the viewers and their interpretation.

 

Allure [Fr. style, elegance] Photographs from the Susanne von Meiss CollectionPhoto courtesy of Peter Lindebergh

 

The Susanne von Meiss Collection representatively covers all genres and styles in the history of photography  from the 1920s through to the present. It includes works by internationally renowned photographers, however for the main part it does not give preference to the iconic photographs but rather to unknown classics. The personal selection ranges from Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Rene Burri and Henri Cartier-Bresson through Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Paolo Roversi and August Sander to contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin, Nan Goldin, Daido Moriyama, Richard Prince and Juergen Teller. The group exhibition is divided thematically into three chapters: “pose”, “experiment” and “staging the situative”. The photographs serve as a starting point for an art-historical analysis and observation, from an inner perspective, within the medium of photography.

 

Allure [Fr. style, elegance] Photographs from the Susanne von Meiss CollectionPhoto courtesy of Lilian Bassman

 

The collection will be presented to the public for the first time at C/O Berlin. The exhibition encompasses approximately 250 photographs – including many unique and vintage prints, as well as photographs that were produced especially for the Susanne von Meiss Collection. The presentation has been curated by Felix Hoffmann and Birgit Filzmaier. A publication will be issued by Kehrer Verlag to accompany the exhibition. Two vintage photographs by Richard Avedon from the 1950s were the initial inspiration for the Susanne von Meiss Collection. For 25 years now, the Swiss journalist, publicist and entrepreneur has been collecting photography with the special focus on “allure” – a personal compilation that transcends individual genres, styles and artists. The private collection currently includes approximately 400 works from Japan to South America. The art historian Birgit Filzmaier is curator and supervisor of the Susanne von Meiss Collection.

 

more. co-berlin.org

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI…

Calls | May 27, 2022

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with ACIT Venice – Italian-German Cultural Association, and EGO’ Boutique Hotel is pleased to announce the open call for VISIONS, the third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, that will take place in Venice at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello from June 16 to July 06, 2022, and at Palazzo Bembo - Venice Grand Canal from June 17 to July 06, 2022, during the 59th Venice Biennale of Art. Read more


ANTHONY PETO

Fashion | May 26, 2022

Anthony Peto was born in London but set up the company in Paris in the late 1980s because of the enormous wealth of skills and supplies in the millinery and hat-making world there. Read more


ANIMA MUNDI 2022

Calls | May 22, 2022

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with EGO’ Boutique Hotel and ACIT Venice - Italian-German Cultural Association, is pleased to announce the open call for ANIMA MUNDI 2022, international exhibition of photography, painting, video art, installation/sculpture, and performance art, that will be held in Venice Read more


DRESSUNDRESS

Fashion | May 16, 2022

The pandemic has highlighted the inextricable link between fashion and society. After a period of rolling lockdowns, working from home, social distancing and the resulting preference for comfortable homewear, the body is once again crying out to be seen. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!