Exhibition & the book: Helmut Newton SUMO is back

Remember the extraordinary book SUMO, that made the “coffee table book” has a different meaning? In love with black and white fabulous images pictured by Helmut Newton? Well, this summer, in Berlin, you can enjoy both. And something extra. Basically, a selection of the most important photographers of the 20th century. (Photo up: Helmut Newton – In my garage, Monte Carlo 1986, copyright Helmut Newton Estate)

Helmut Newton Sumo. Mark Arbeit. George Holz. Just Loomis “Three Boys from Pasadena” – the exhibition is open between 7 June – 10 November 2019.
Helmut Newton Foundation Museum of Photography –
On the occasion of the exhibition, the reissued version of Helmut Newton ́s SUMO book (TASCHEN, 2009) will be available at the Walther-König bookstore at the Helmut Newton Foundation.

A legendary photo book, a private photo collection, and three former assistants – these are the ingredients for the new exhibition at the Helmut Newton Foundation opening on 6 June 2019. 

Helmut Newton, Jerry Hall, American Vogue, Miami Florida 1974, copyright Helmut Newton Estate

In 1999, TASCHEN published its first monumental art book: Helmut Newton’s SUMO (70 x 50 cm). 

In 2009, the Helmut Newton Foundation staged an unusual yet compelling exhibition dedicated to this legendary publication: all 464 pages of the book hung framed on the wall, side by side, in three rows one above the other. Exhibition visitors were literally able to see everything at once. 

In 2019, SUMO will once again be presented at the Helmut Newton Foundation. At this exhibition in Berlin as in the book, we encounter Newton’s famous Big Nudes, fashion shots for various editions of Vogue, Elle, Stern, and Vanity Fair, as well as portraits of famous actresses and artists, such as Liz Taylor, Jodie Foster, Salvador Dalí, and Andy Warhol. 

Newton’s SUMO exhibition is complemented by an expanded reprise of the “Three Boys from Pasadena” – images from works of three of Newton’s former assistants – Mark Arbeit, George Holz, and Just Loomis. 

For the first time on public display is the exquisite private photo collection of Helmut and June Newton. In “June’s Room” – there are now over 50 valuable vintage prints in their original frames. These include portraits by August Sander, Brassaï, Ralph Gibson, Mary Ellen Mark, Irving Penn, and George Hurrell; nudes by Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Frantisek Drtikol, Diane Arbus, and Chris von Wangenheim; fashion photos by Horst P. Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene, and Richard Avedon; and landscapes by Franco Fontana and Peter Beard.

Copyrights: Helmut Newton Estate / Mark Arbeit