Juergen Teller: Enjoy Your Life!

Juergen Teller: Enjoy Your Life! @ Galerie Rudolfinum till 19.03.2017

From a cow covered in mud to semi-nude photos of Kim Kardashian’s famous backside as she grovels up a dirt hill, Juergen Teller’s photographs are nothing ordinary. “Enjoy your Life!” is an exhibition showcasing Teller’s work over the past 25 years at the Galerie Rudolfinum. The exhibition has been on display since December, and it can be viewed until March 19th.

Teller, 53, was born in Erlangen, Germany, and he has been working as a fashion and advertising photographer for over 30 years. He made a name for himself in 1991, with his photographs of Nirvana, in Details magazine, just as they skyrocketed to fame with their hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

His subjects often include himself, his wife and his baby, and celebrities like Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian with her husband Kanye West. But his work goes beyond portraits to capture identities, whether of a person or even frogs and farm animals. Teller’s photographs stand out for their raw, intimate moments, captured between staged and candid. They are pure in a way that shows the true self of each subject.

Teller’s images often incorporate nudity, a subject that tends to leave close-minded viewers stunned and uncomfortable. He approaches the subject with open arms, or legs. The intimacy of these photos, however, shows the confidence and poise of people completely comfortable in their own bodies, such as the 68-year-old British fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, nude with her legs open and smiling, reclined on a couch.

What really brings Teller’s work together is how he manages to evoke the same feelings from a nude photo of a person, or of a cow covered in mud. Either way, he captures a genuine innocence and the sincerest spirit of his subjects. Teller’s work seems to tell us, don’t take yourself so seriously. Look at everything with an open mind. Let the beauty of nudity captivate you rather than repulse you. Only then can you really “Enjoy Your Life!”

The gallery is open Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday from 10-5:30 pm, and Thursdays from 10-7:30 pm.

Tickets are 120 CZK or 70 CZK for students and seniors.

www.galerierudolfinum.cz

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