Mario Testino’s first-ever exhibition in Denmark opened the fashion and art season in Copenhagen this year. 55 pieces of works from the titan of contemporary portraiture reside elegantly in GL Strand’s mid-18th century building, designed by Dutch-Danish master Philip de Lange and which has been home to the Kunstforeningen for the last half century.
Testino’s aptly named ‘No Limits’ exhibition delves into the many facets of the photographer’s work and his constant quest to stretch his imagination further. In Testino’s words, ‘You should use your aesthetics and point of departure for different purposes. You have to break with limitations.’ He adds, ‘When I first started working, I noticed how some photographers could only work in black and white, some stayed in the studio and others shot solely in colour. We always want to think we can only do one thing; I think that it is way more exciting to do it all and try out everything; and I like to show that you can actually be interested in nudity, in fashion and in royalty.’