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April 30, 2014

Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    Andy Warhol with camera © Oliviero Toscani (1974)

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    Untitled © Bruce Charlesworth (1979)

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    Untitled © Joan Fontcuberta (1981)

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    The Princess and the Frogs © Vicki Lee Ragan (1983)

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    Cinema II © Patrick Nagatani (1986)

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    Untitled © William Wegman (1987)

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    Andy Warhol sneezing © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc. (1978)

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    Amsterdam © Eredi di Luigi Ghirri (1980)

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    Le Cerf Volant, Bretagne © Lucien Clergue (1984)

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    Untitled © Frank Uwe Laysiepen (1969)

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    Untitled (Diane)  © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation (1974)

  • Polaroid exhibition of famous artists now showing in Moscow

    Untitled © Helmut Newton Estate (1976)

A large-scale exhibition of Polaroid pictures featuring some of the 20th century's most celebrated artists has now opened at the Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, with images of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Ansel Adams among those on show. Comprising over 300 pictures taken from the early 1960s to 1990s, Polaroids displays eccentric snapshots of life in the American art crowd of over the last thirty years, with images ranging from Warhol sneezing to glasses of milk lined up on a table.

All the photos in the exhibition, which come from the complete collection of more than 4,400 images in Vienna’s Westlicht Museum of Photography, were taken using special custom made cameras and film given to the photographers by the Polaroid camera's inventor, Edwin Herbert Land. With Polaroid cameras difficult to find on the market at that time, Polaroids celebrates the rare and sought-after instant cameras whose invention transformed the development of photographic technology. 

Polaroids is the first major photography exhibition to visit the Multimedia Art Museum and will be on display until 25 May. 

  • Text: Nadia Beard