Annie Leibovitz. A Photographer's Life 1990-2005


In the exhibition "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990 – 2005", KUNST HAUS WIEN proudly presents the works of one of the most celebrated photographers of our day for the second time. The first exhibition devoted to this outstanding artist, entitled "Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970 – 1990", took place in 1993 and was a resounding success, attracting over 80.000 visitors in the course of only 10 weeks.

  "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990 – 2005" encompasses a total of over 150 photographs, many of them large-format works, as well as a number of private family photos and small-format black and white portraits. Numerous sequences of photographs focus on her parents and her extended family, with images of family reunions and trips to the sea. And again and again we find ourselves face to face with the celebrities whom Annie Leibovitz portrays with such startling immediacy: Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, William Burroughs and many others. Leibovitz' works in this exhibition emanate an emotional power that eclipses everything the photographer has done before.

Annie Leibovitz' iconic images, which capture the varied spectrum of American life and popular culture with remarkable candour and vigour, have appeared in "Rolling Stone", "Vanity Fair" and "Vogue", in prominent advertising campaigns, and in books and museums since the 1970ies.

"Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990-2005" is a Brooklyn Museum exhibition, curated by Charlotta Kotik, Curator Emerita of Contemporary Art. The exhibition opened at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, on 20 October 2006 and has since toured to the San Diego Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, La Maison Européenne in Paris, C/O in Berlin and Sala Alcala 31 in Madrid. Susan Bloom is the international coordinator of the exhibition.