Théâtre de la photographie et de l'image
Exhibition “Women, muses and models (Encounters between the collection of Amedeo M. Turello and the work of Matisse)”

Gertrude Käsebier - Portrait (Miss N.), 1903 - 14,8 x 19,7 cm
Vintage photo-engraving
© Collection of Amedeo M. Turello

A word from the general curator

“For four years, Marie-France Bouhours has passionately brought to life “the” place for photography in the City of Nice, the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image.
The most diverse experiences of photography, those of yesterday and of today, all meet there in an intelligent fashion. I was convinced by her suggestion of creating a meeting between the sculptures of Henri Matisse and the masterpieces of the representation of woman in the collection of Amedeo M. Turello, himself a fashion photographer. The visitor will be invited to reflect on the permanence of questions of art which artists ask themselves and to which they produce different answers, sometimes converging, according to the medium they choose, here sculpture and photography.”
Jean-Jacques Aillagon

Presentation by the curator of the exhibition

Within the context of the events produced for the fiftieth anniversary of the Musée Matisse Nice 2013. A summer for Matisse, the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image presents the exhibition “Women, muses and models (Encounters between the collection of Amedeo M. Turello and the work of Matisse)” from 21 June to 23 September 2013.
In relation to the work of Henri Matisse, the exhibition presents sculptures by the artist alongside some of the significant images from the collection of Amedeo M. Turello. It therefore brings together more than 140 original prints chosen from this rare collection, remarkable as much for the number of photographs it contains as for the theme which unites them.
Representations of woman, of every era and of all time, as both inspiration and model, natural or staged, which enable us, through these images, to reconstitute a whole tranche of the history of photography and the evolution of woman, her condition and her image, from pictorialism to today.
Every cliché exposed is a story in itself which embodies the true essence and soul of beauty, sometimes also described with contradictions and contrasts particular to each personality.
The whole exhibition brings together works by great masters and young photographers who all share the same vision: the classical beauty of the eternal muse, woman. The language and expression of the female form are celebrated, especially in a path through the exhibition which describes above all its aesthetic and narrative power.
Among the artists on show are the greatest names in photography: Edward Steichen, Cecil Beaton, Frantisek Drtitkol, André Kertesz, Bettina Rheims, Cindy Sherman, Edouard Boubat, Eikoh Hosoe, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Josef Sudek, Jeanloup Sieff, Robert Mapplethorpe ...
Amedeo M. Turello did not simply wish to bring together a series of “beautiful images”, but edited this collection with an evident analytical and refined eye, like a solid critical vision:
“This collection was designed to be shown, with its eclectic character marked as well as the ease of comprehension inherent in photographic technique, facilitating the interest of the general public. It is a fact that each acquisition has been achieved with the scrupulous intention of completing a particular vision, a state of mind or a period of history.
I imagined the work of Matisse beyond a simple iconographic analogy.
This is not in terms of similarity but towards deeper research, a real discourse between form and light.
I believe it will be very interesting for visitors to discover the links between photography and the figuration of Matisse, images with a strong, radical connection: the powerful contrasts of black and white which delineate the body of a woman, like a pencil outline of the shoulders and the lower body shown in great volume like in a paper collage, or else expressions becoming abstract as is seen in bronze sculptures…” Amedeo M. Turello.
Marie-France Bouhours



Edward J. Steichen - The little round mirror, 1906
14,1 x 21,4 cm - Vintage photo-engraving
© Collection of Amedeo M.Turello

A word from the general curator

“For four years, Marie-France Bouhours has passionately brought to life “the” place for photography in the City of Nice, the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image.
The most diverse experiences of photography, those of yesterday and of today, all meet there in an intelligent fashion. I was convinced by her suggestion of creating a meeting between the sculptures of Henri Matisse and the masterpieces of the representation of woman in the collection of Amedeo M. Turello, himself a fashion photographer. The visitor will be invited to reflect on the permanence of questions of art which artists ask themselves and to which they produce different answers, sometimes converging, according to the medium they choose, here sculpture and photography.”
Jean-Jacques Aillagon


Henri MATISSE - Ancient bust - Paris, 1900
Lost wax bronze. 62,2 cm - Sign. & num. HM 1/10 - Foundry: Valsuani, 1966
Musée d’Orsay, Paris - donated by Mme Jean Matisse, 1978 - In the stock of the Musée Matisse, Nice
Inv. D.78.1.25 - © Estate of H. Matisse
Photo: François Fernandez



Henri MATISSE - Seated nude, arm on the head - Paris, 1904
Lost wax bronze. 34,9 cm - Sign. HM & num. 9 - Foundry: Valsuani, 1951
Musée d’Orsay, Paris - donated by Mme Jean Matisse, 1978 - In the stock of the Musée Matisse, Nice
Inv. D.78.1.17 - © Estate of H. Matisse
Photo: François Fernandez

Practical Information

Théâtre de la Photographie et de l'image

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Activities @ Théâtre de la Photographie et de l'image

Saturday 22 June, 2.30 pm :
Encounter with Amedeo M.Turello in the context of the exhibition “Women, muses
and models - Encounters between the collection of Amedeo M.Turello and the work of Matisse”
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