Screening // Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

Screening // 20:30

This documentary film about one of history’s most significant photographers, German-Australian Helmut Newton (1920-2004), takes us on a fascinating journey into the artist’s works and working methods. Newton is particularly known for his photographs of naked women.

The film premiered on the centenary of his birth and is particularly notable for its updated gender perspective:

“‘The Bad and the Beautiful’ is less about Newton himself and more about how his work made the women he photographed feel,” wrote IndieWire.

“That interview-heavy structure gives voice to the models whom we recognize from Newton’s photos—Grace Jones, in that iconic nude Playboy shoot with then-boyfriend Dolph Lundgren; Isabella Rossellini, her face gripped by former flame David Lynch.” 

The women in Newton’s professional life speak out about working with him – both with their experiences with him in front of and behind the camera. The film contains interviews with prominent female icons such as Charlotte Rampling and Anna Wintour.


Director: Gero Van Böhm

Germany 2020. DCP. 90min. English dialogue with Danish subtitles. With Charlotte Rampling, Grace Jones, Isabella Rossellini


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Exhibition // Helmut Newton – Provokatören (The Provocateur)

Of the more than 100 numbered and signed original photographs in the exhibition, 59 come from the private collections of Christina and Claes Lindquist, while another 45 works have been borrowed to give a very broad picture of a unique artistry.

Many of the most famous images are of course included, but also a number of odd and very rarely shown photographs, which makes the exhibition unique for Scandinavia. Among many other things, five of Newton's most typical large-format photographs are shown, which are either completely unique or exist in only 2-5 copies.

Another highly unusual feature of the exhibition is the nine pictures he took in 1999 on behalf of Volkswagen AG for the re-launch of the Beetle 'folk bubble'. Collected in a custom-made aluminum case and a picture CD, they are an almost erotic depiction of a car model.

Newton's collection Big Nude consists of images photographed in large format in 1979-81. During the process, Newton also took 26 documentary images depicting the work. There are only two known sets of these 26 images - all signed - which are now on display for the first time in Sweden together with a handwritten letter from Newton.

Helmut Newton died in 2004 in Los Angeles, the year after he created the Helmut Newton Foundation to manage his artistic legacy. Newton's images have been shown in a large number of exhibitions over the years. The retrospective exhibition created for his 80th birthday, which was shown in London, New York, Tokyo and Prague, among other places, attracted much attention. Today, his original photographs are hard to find - and often unique - and sell for millions of dollars at the world's major auction houses.


- June 1 - 14

- Thurs - Sunday 11 am - 4.30 pm

- Monday - Wednesday closed. N.B. June 2  - closed to the public

- N.B. National Day, 6th June - open 11 am - 4.30 pm


- June 15 - 30

- open every day, Mon - Sun, 11 am - 4.30 pm

- Closed on Midsummer's Eve 23 June


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