- 05 Nov 2021 - 06 Feb 2022
- € 8-10
“Each of us,” says Sandro Miller, “has a hero or a person we admire. We praise them, worship them, and put them on a pedestal. It can be a religious figure, a Hollywood actor, a sports star like Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan. For me, the great masters of photography are like sports stars. I admire Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, and every single photographer represented in my Homage to the Masters. I have recreated the photographs of the great masters as a sign of respect, love and admiration.”
Curated by Anne Morin, the exhibition “MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH. Homage to Photographic Masters” features 61 images that pay tribute to thirty-four masters of photography, such as Albert Watson, Annie Leibovitz, Bill Brandt, Diane Arbus, Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, Pierre et Gilles, Richard Avedon, and Robert Mapplethorpe, in which John Malkovich plays the subject of these famous shots, transforming himself from time to time into Marilyn Monroe, Salvador Dalí, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali, Meryl Streep, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway, and many other characters.
In each work, Miller reproduces with astonishing skill all the details of the photographs taken as a model, from the elements of the set, to the particular use of light, to the nuances of black and white, or color, exalting the chameleon-like qualities and mimetic capacity of Malkovich.
The collaboration between Mr. Miller and John Malkovich dates back to the 1990s when the two met in Chicago at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. “He became my canvas, my muse,” said the artist.