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About the artist Marianne Fürstin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein
Born in Salzburg in 1919, the Austrian grande dame photographed numerous international figures over the course of 50 years as a social expert, which has earned her the affectionate title of 'Mamarazza'. Nonetheless, her perspective of the (bygone) glamour of the 1950s and 60s is something else altogether, a view from the inside looking out. Marianne Fürstin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein shares very private, almost intimate and formally coincidental moments from her large circle of friends and fellow celebrants. Moments that were never intended for public perusal and were not consciously composed, moments and thus expressions that cannot be reproduced and offer no space for projection. Her works, even when they depict icons of her time such as Gunther Sachs, Audrey Hepburn, Andy Warhol or Valentino, are therefore not to be taken as pop art exemplars. This makes Marianne Fürstin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein the co-founder of an art form that has fallen victim to commerce and the information age.