Paolo Roversi, born in Ravenna, Parisian by adoption, is considered the greatest fashion photographer of the 21st century. Known for having collaborated with the most important fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar as well as with the biggest fashion brands such as Dior, Comme des Garçons, Alberta Ferretti and Alexander Mcqueen. From July 19 to August 31, Maison Random presents NUDI, an exhibition of Paolo Roversi’s famous nudes inside the Chapel of Palazzo Baronio in Ravenna. A tribute to the Artist, to Beauty and Nature.
Capable like few of making his shots magical, Roversi has often been called a “painter of images.” His relationship with the world is not through the camera lens as an act of testimonial, but rather capturing the photographic moment as a creative space in which the most extreme expression of grace and beauty emerges. Roversi works essentially in large format with Polaroid 20×25 which is why all his production is inside the studio. The light is always very soft, the exposure time is long, the atmosphere is melancholic an ethereal: the soul emerges and manifests itself in all its splendor with a single shot.
Famous or unknown, all the models who have posed for Paolo are here transformed into venus and figures of light; subtle and vulnerable mystical icons. The visitor is confronted with the sensual beauty and magic of the human body. The series of photographs on display were made by Roversi over a period of ten years. They include tender and respectful portraits of Guinevere van Seenus, Kristen McMenamy, Kate Moss, Audrey Marnay, Angela Lindvall, Tatiana Patitz, Kirsten Owen, Malgosia Bela, Karen Elson, Stella Tennant, Devon Aoki and many others. These images are also precious works of art thanks to the highest production values: platinum printing, fine paper.
Maison Random, founded in France, is a private institution for contemporary art, as well as a private club for experimenting with new ways of relating to it. Thanks to this structure it has been possible for the work of an artist like Paolo Roversi to return to his homeland.
The exhibition aims to become a permanent tribute to the Master in his hometown and part of his artistic heritage, just like his famous mosaics.
Open July and August for private viewing by appointment only. Opening hours to the public will be communicated in September.