The exhibition about the work of Diane Arbus (1923–1971) is now at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich. Her bold subject matter and photographic approach produced a body of work that is often shocking, in its steadfast celebration of things as they are. Arbus found most of her subjects in New York City, photographing people she discovered during the 1950s and 1960s. Her contemporary anthropology—portraits of couples, children, carnival performers, nudists, middle-class families, transvestites, zealots, eccentrics, and celebrities—stands as an allegory of the human experience, an exploration of the relationship between appearance and identity, illusion and belief, theater and reality. This exhibition of two hundred photographs includes all of the artist’s iconic photographs as well as many that have never been publicly exhibited.
This exhibition has been organized by Jeu de Paume, Paris, in collaboration with the Estate of Diane Arbus LLC, New York and with the participation of Fotomuseum Winterthur, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, and Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam.