Museum in The Hague Shows Large-Format Polaroid Photos by Julian Schnabel


THE HAGUE.- Julian Schnabel (b. 1951) became famous in the 1980s as a vigorously gestural Neo-Expressionist painter. The Hague Museum of Photography is now the first museum anywhere in the world to present eighty large-format Polaroid photographs that reveal a completely different side of the artist. Schnabel’s photographic work transports the viewer into his studios and into the midst of his famous friends and family. His moody, almost impressionist images turn the personal into art. Many of the photographs are in black-and-white or sepia, creating a nostalgic, almost romantic atmosphere recalling that of the films he has directed with such success since the 1990s, including Basquiat (1996) and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). Between 2002 and 2006, Schnabel photographed his immediate surroundings using a rare, hand-made Polaroid camera dating from the 1970s. The extraordinary thing about this camera i