Through the Lens of Realism: Juergen Teller’s Artistic Odyssey at the Grand Palais Éphémère “I need to live” till January 9th

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Juergen Teller, a celebrated name in the world of photography, has made a significant impact with his unfiltered celebrity portraits, edgy fashion shoots, and compelling campaigns for renowned designers. His rise to fame began in London during the early 1990s, where he not only captured the essence of the external world but also delved deep into personal explorations. Through his lens, Teller confronts his own existence, familial bonds, heritage, and sense of self.

The three week exhibition is a testament to Teller’s versatility and depth. It’s a fusion of his iconic commissioned pieces and his deeply introspective personal series. The display also extends to include videos and installations, offering a comprehensive view of his artistic journey. This showcase is more than just a display of photographs; it’s an invitation to engage with Teller’s world, where his straightforward, unembellished style poignantly reflects pivotal moments of his life, emphasizing the raw beauty of human existence. Not someone into body functions, I have to admit the taking a shit in the freezing cold did not exactly enchant me.

Taking place at the Grand Palais Éphémère, the exhibit’s layout is masterfully adapted by 6a architects, renowned for their architectural prowess and their previous work on Teller’s London studio. The design of “i need to live” harmonizes with Teller’s work, creating an immersive, visually striking experience for visitors. This exhibition is not just a viewing but an exploration of the expansive and profound world of Juergen Teller, presented in collaboration with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais and supported by Saint Laurent under the guidance of Anthony Vaccarello.

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.