Elton John’s Renowned Photo Collection To Show at Tate Modern
The exhibition will feature portraits of many 20th-century icons.
Photo buffs likely know that famed musician Elton John is also a renowned photography collector, with extensive holdings of heavy hitters like Ansel Adams, Irving Penn, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Soon, the public will get a glimpse of the Rocket Man’s collection, thanks to an exhibition at London’s Tate Modern.
“The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection,” opening in November, will feature over 150 photographs from more than 60 artists, taken between the 1920s and the 1950s, from a collection that reportedly features about 7,000 prints. The show will include the work of seminal photographers like André Kertész, Berenice Abbot, Alexandr Rodchenko, and Edward Steichen.
It will feature portraits of 20th-century icons like Georgia O’Keeffe (shot by Alfred Stieglitz), Edward Weston (shot by Tina Modotti), Jean Cocteau (shot by Berenice Abbott), Igor Stravinsky (shot by Weston), and Andre Breton, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Dora Maar (all shot by Man Ray). John has been amassing the collection of Man Ray portraits for over 25 years, and this is the first time they will be shown together.
“The modernist era in photography is one of the key moments within the medium and collecting work from this period has brought me great joy over the last 25 years,” John said in a statement. “Each of these photographs serves as inspiration for me in my life; they line the walls of my homes and I consider them precious gems.”
The museum has been under renovation, constructing a £260-million ($401-million) Herzog & de Meuron-designed extension that’s slated to open in June 2016 with a hotly-anticipated Georgia O’Keeffe survey.
“The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection” will be on display at Tate Modern, London, from November 10, 2016–May 7, 2017.
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