Everyone has opinions about Leni Riefenstahl and those who have none get it immediately when they realize that “she was the one who filmed for Hitler”. Some claim that she was completely unaware of the horrors of World War II, including herself, while others claim the opposite.
Regardless of how it was with that thing, it is inevitable that Leni Riefenstahl has meant an incredible amount to the art of photography and film. Her legendary films with her innovative film technique and dramaturgy, as well as her fantastic photo books, have in many ways been groundbreaking in their genres and have inspired many photographers and directors.
In this summer’s exhibition Leni Riefenstahl – Five Lives, we show pictures from Leni Riefenstahl’s five different facets as an artist; the dancer, the actress, the director, the photographer and the diver. By showing images from these five different eras of Leni Riefenstahl’s life, we hope that the visitor will get a broad picture of an artistry lined with intrigue, innovations, lies and genius.
Her close contact with the Nazis during World War II made it very difficult for her to return to the international arena after the end of the war. When she did, however, she did it with gusto. Her Nuba books have reached a large audience and achieved many successes, but were also costing her her life, in a helicopter crash in Sudan in 2000.
This exhibition in Luna Kulturhus Konsthall contains 120 photos and is the largest presentation of Leni Riefenstahl to date in Sweden.
Leni Riefenstahl was born in 1902 and died in 2003.