Peruvian photographer Mario Testino is celebrated the world over for his risqué, glamorous, and timeless shots of celebrities and icons. Now, he’s brought the world to China. Until June 27, Testino’s work is being featured in an exhibition at Beijing’s super swanky brewery-turned-gallery Beijing Today Art Museum.
The ambience of the avant-garde hotspot mirrors Testino’s exhibit “Private View” perfectly.
“I am obsessed by the new. I have been a photographer for 30 years and how do you keep it interesting? It’s with what is new,” said Testino in an interview before the exhibition’s red-carpet opening at the museum, a former beer-factory-turned-exhibition-space. “There is opportunity [here], there is challenge — it’s just something different. I am as excited by this as I am by São Paulo.”
The collection features daring photos of Louise Penderson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen, but also features Testino classics like Lady Diana and the engagement photos of Prince William and Catherine, Dutchess of Cambridge.
Additionally, a multimedia installation, featuring many photos and video from Testino’s 15-year partnership with Burberry, is on exhibit. Burberry, one of the event’s sponsors, has set its sights on expanding its Chinese market. “China is hugely significant. We’ve got a lot of plans here.…,” said Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s chief creative officer. “Beijing is a city that is moving very fast-forward, there’s a lot of excitement going on, a lot of art, a lot of design, a lot of fashion, a lot of music. I just think it’s a very receptive audience to Mario’s work.”
“If any photographer has a reputation in China, that is Mario Testino,” Angelica Cheung, editor of Vogue China, said.
“I wanted to show my work in China, somewhere I have never exhibited before. I felt the best way of doing this was by selecting the images that mean most to me personally at the moment, hence the name ‘Private View.’” -Mario Testino
“Private View” showcases 86 images chosen by Testino and curated by Patrick Kinmonth.
photo credit mario testino