Spring 2015 Bernheimer Fine Art Photography will present in the gallery space of Brienner Strasse 7, Munich the exhibition: VANESSA VON ZITZEWITZ – APPEARANCES AND AESTHETICS.
For the first time Galerie Bernheimer will showcase a cross section of Vanessa von Zitzewitz’s work which consists of a selection of nudes and portraits.
Vanessa von Zitzewiz was born in 1970 in Hamburg and grew up in France, Monaco and the USA. She studied at the renowned “Parsons School of Design” in Paris, where, early on, her artistic talent was discovered and nurtured.
Von Zitzewitz gained photographic commissions from fashion and jewellery companies who made use of her extraordinary talent and great energy and freshness to photograph their advertising campaigns. For the 150th anniversary of Cartier she photographed a series of pictures called “untamed-ungezähmt”. Exhibitions in New York, Paris, Rome, London, Berlin, Tokyo and Los Angeles and the publication of six books were the result of a prolific collaboration of the young photographer with the historic jewellery manufacturer and watchmaker. Understandably, this was a significant breakthrough in her career. Commissions by Graff followed and resulted in five more publications and a post as the company’s main photographer for their promotional campaigns. This position she held for many years.
Together with her promotional work Vanessa von Zitzewitz is also known for her portraits of celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Gianni Agnelli and Carla Bruni – they have all posed in front of her camera. She has also photographed movie stars, fashion icons as well as front-ranked political personalities. Von Zitzewitz possesses the ability to capture the personality of her sitter.
In recent years the artist has dedicated herself increasingly to nude photography. Her virtuosity, as well as the combination of elegance and harmony, are at the heart of what makes her photographs so attractive. She stages her sitters with style, thus creating photographs of utmost beauty. The most recent series demonstrate her talent to depict the naturalness of her sitters while celebrating the nude figure. In the series “Dancing with Elephants”, as well as in her portraits of nudes that were shot underwater, she reveals the grace of her models and the poeticness of the female body. Both of these series are featured, for the first time at our exhibition: “APPEARENCES AND AESTHETICS”.
Her photographic travels inspired her, but also made her ask questions. As such von Zitzewitz is also wildly known as a philanthropist who uses her Art to fund and support international humanitarian aid projects. The connections she has made as photographer to celebrities enabled her to publish in 1999 her portrait photobook “Monachrome” whose proceeds were donated to the Monegasque Red Cross. In 2008 she published “Slaughterhouse Angels”, which included powerful images of the life of Thai street children. The proceeds of the book sales went directly to the “Human Development Foundation Mercy Center” in Bangkok, which is home to 200 street children. For this project von Zitzewitz was awarded by the UNESCO.
From 2013 Galerie Bernheimer has exclusively represented Vanessa von Zitzewitz. Her work has been successfully showcased at art fairs in London, Paris and Geneva.
She lives with her husband and her son in Monaco.