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Christian Coigny


16.01.2005 - 21.02.2005


In cooperation with Vitra, WestLicht is showing a series of 120 black and white prints by the Swiss photographer Christian Coigny. Over a period of many years he made portraits of many well-known personalities from different spheres seated on Vitra chairs.
The aim was to win over the most creative people from each category.

From the photographs it is quite clear that celebrities take the foreground—their individual attitudes and achievements. The “celebrities” regard their portraits as self-presentation, not as marketing. The performance of the photographer Christian Coigny is decisive to the quality of the image. He has succeeded in clearly expressing the character of the individual “celebrity” often in a short period of time and under difficult circumstances.

The exhibition is based on the advertising campaign “Personalities.” The adverts ran from 1987 – 1997 and appeared—appropriate to the target group—in renowned newspapers and magazines.



Nigel Kennedy, Violonist, sitting on Louis 20 by Philippe Starck
Grace Jones, actress and singer, sitting on AC2 by Antonio Citterio
Helmut Newton, photographer, sitting on „AC 1“ by Antonio Citterio
Sting, musician, sitting on Aluminium Chair by Charles & Ray Eames
Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon, actors, sitting on “Figura” by Mario Bellini
Philip Johnson, architect, sitting on Louis 20 by Philippe Starck
Gilbert and George, artists, sitting on “Wire Chair” by Charles & Ray Eames
Miles Davis, Jazz musician, sitting on “Onda” by Mario Bellini
Audrey Hepburn, actress, sitting on "AC 1" by Antonio Citterio