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Masterpieces From The Condé Nast Archives Will Soon Go On View In Venice

Twiggy sitting on a television set, wearing a mod minidress by Louis Féraud, striped tights, and white patent leather shoes from Françios Villon.Photographed by Bert Stern, Vogue, 1967.

Next spring, images spanning the worlds of fashion, art, politics, sports, and design over seven vibrant decades will go on display in Venice, as the Pinault Collection mounts a major exhibition of photographs and illustrations from the Condé Nast archives—the first of its kind. Titled “Chronorama: Photographic Treasures of the 20th Century,” the show is set to run from March 12, 2023 until the following January at the stately Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault’s art museum and theater on the Grand Canal. 

Made up of more than 400 masterworks published between 1910 and 1979, “Chronorama” gathers the imagery from VogueVanity FairHouse & GardenGlamourGQ, and other Condé Nast-owned titles that helped to define the look, feel, and tastes of the 20th century—to say nothing of capturing many of that period’s most famous and influential figures. Among the artists included are Cecil Beaton, Edward Steichen, Lee Miller, Horst P. Horst, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Eduardo Garcia Benito, Helen Dryden, and George Wolfe Plank, while the subjects range from models to actors, musicians, writers, painters, socialites, athletes, and beyond. 

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Dancers Anna Pavlova and Hubert Stowitts. Photographed by Franz Van Riel, Vanity Fair, 1918.
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Set and costume designer Oliver Messel. Photographed George Hoyningen-Huene, Vanity Fair, 1929.

To accompany that rich vein of archival imagery, Matthieu Humery, the Pinault Collection’s photography consultant, has also arranged “Chronorama Redux,” a project that tasks four contemporary artists—Tarrah Krajnak of Peru, Giulia Andreani of Italy, Daniel Spivakov of Ukraine, and Eric N. Mack of the United States—to create new works inspired by the old. The results will be installed at four sites throughout the palazzo, forcing a break in the chronology to create a dialogue across space and medium. History meets the future in this innovative arrangement.

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Actress Marlene Dietrich. Photographed by Cecil Beaton, Vanity Fair, 1932. 
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Meet Me in St. Louis actress Margaret O’Brien. Photographed by Ralph Crane, Vogue, 1944.
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Singer/actress Melba Moore. Photographed by Jack Robinson, Vogue, 1971.
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French actress Zouzou and composer Michaelis Maniati. Photographed by Helmut Newton, Vogue, 1973.

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