Helmut Newton is without a doubt of one of the most important fashion and nude photographers of the 20th century. Think of his provocative work Sie Kommen (Naked and Dressed) or his Self Portrait with Wife and Models, both from 1981. The Museum für Fotografie - Helmut Newton Stiftung / Sammlung Fotografie der Kunstbibliothek shows you the various facets of his life's work and is housed in a neoclassical building - a former army officers casino. In the Emperor's Hall you feel small: at 650 square metres, it is an enormous exhibition space. The Photographic Art Library presents artists such as Édouard Baldus (circa 1850), Edward Steichen (circa 1900) and Willy Römer (circa 1920).
Provocative and historical works from three centuries
Helmut Newton founds his eponymous foundation and is allowed by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation to permanently use the Landwehr Casino. In 2004, (shortly after Newton's death) the 2,000 square metre museum opens. The ground and first floors exhibited the Newton Foundation. The permanent exhibition is called Helmut Newton's private property and explores the artist's various phases: from early photographs from his childhood in Berlin to his models' accessories. View a film about Newton's personal way of working. Temporary exhibitions show celebrated photo collections such as Sex and Landscapes, Pigozzi and the Paparazzi or Men, War & Peace. In addition, discover the work of his wife Alice Springs. Rooms contrast strikingly in this unique collection. The staircase to the Imperial Hall is, however, almost empty, and the few recordings hung up there are the more silent stars. The hall itself presents changing exhibitions of the Art Library's collection of photography, which spans 19th to the 21st century photographic art, for example, old town views and documentary footage or the new objectivity of the 1920s.
Unique to the Museum für Fotografie - Helmut Newton Stiftung / Sammlung Fotografie der Kunstbibliothek
The Newton-mobile: the artist's silver-blue Jeep
Several complete outfits from Newton's private wardrobe
Original objects from Newton's Office in Monte Carlo
Around 42,000 postcards featuring city and landscape shots (not permanently on display)
The restored, historic Imperial Hall on the second floor
Anything else on the subject of photography
You will find even more photography just beyond Zoologischer Garten station: every year, C/O Berlin shows up to 20 exhibitions of major photographers like Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz and Peter Lindbergh. Artist talks and lectures are part of the concept. You only need 10 minutes to reach the CAMERA WORK Gallery on Kantstrasse. It is one of the world's leading photo art institutions. In addition to the works of famous photographers such as Diane Arbus or even Helmut Newton, the gallery exhibits work by young contemporary artists.
Tips for your visit to the Museum für Fotografie
The Museum für Fotografie is easily reached with public transport. From the Zoologischer Garten railway station, it is only 60 metres to the museum. You can use the U-Bahn lines U1, U2 and U9 or S-Bahn lines S5, S7, S75. Several bus lines also stop at the Zoo train station. Car drivers can take advantage of the car park at the Zoo in Kantstrasse. You can visit for free on three consecutive days with the Berlin Museum pass, which is also valid for all national museums in Berlin. On Thursdays, the museum is open exceptionally until 20:00.
Information for school groups
Children and young people up to 18 years of age have free admission, as do supervised school students. Guided tours for high school groups (from grade 11) must be registered.