For the first time in Denmark, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND presents the work of Mario Testino, one of the world's most influential contemporary photographers, over the summer of 2016. No Limits explores multiple facets in Testino's practice; it does not seek to compartmentalize his sensibilities, but rather demonstrate the juxtapositions and boundaries he pushes. In the classic intimate rooms of GL STRAND, the photographer's work that exceeds the categories of fashion, formal portraiture aqnd nudes is explored, bringing together iconic images of supermodels, musicians, actors, actresses and royality, including unseen portraits of Denmark's Crown Princess and Crown Prince.
Working against prevailling perceptions has been a focal point for Mario Testino since the beginning of his career. The exhibition will bring us close to a body of work that constantly opposes the existing limitations of a particular genre and its fixed conventions. Fashion photography slides into the portrait's characteristics and onwards the nude pictures and vice versa. Thus, the juxtaposistions of genres and contexts both perform and display Testino's composite work characterized by multiple inspirations. Respectful of the context set for the particular assignment, Testino brings forward a special notion of ease and beauty transcending all of his images.
Always bringing forth beauty and sensuosness his work is in highest demand globally. Famous for working towards that special moment that transcends the person portrayed, his portraits prevail a certain ease and comfort that is visible for everybody. And the result is an image that is seductive, welcoming, and sensual at the same time, though not afraid to suggest a more provocative and confrontational look at other times. Each context has its own possibilities, and Mario Testino is known for pushing the limits bringing forth energy, sex and optimism.
The exhibition has been made possible thanks to ege. Mario Testino with his team MARIOTESTINO+ have collaborated with ege to realize a bespoke installation in the historic stairway of GL STRAND.
In addition to ege we would like to thank Crown Prince Frederik's and Crown Princess Mary's Fund, Danish Fashion Institute, CIFF - Copenhagen International Fashion Fair and Maersk Line.
Finally, we offer our thanks to Harbers Studios for producing the short film, T E S T I N O. This version of the film was made especially for Mario Testino. No Limits.