Grand hotel du Cap, Marie Claire, Antibes, 1972

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300 iconic photos by the sea

10 June – 25 September 2022 Knokke-Heist

Walk from the fifties to the nineties with surprising, sometimes provocative but always powerful images by legendary top photographer Helmut Newton.

Photos that breathe Hollywood glamour but that are never shallow: that is his unique style and imagination. Moreover, the exhibition includes work that has never before been shown to the public.

The architecture of the recently renovated Ravelingen building forms the decor for the only stop in the Benelux of this world-renowned retrospective. A cultural outing this summer by the sea!


To visit the exhibition, you will need a ticket that you can purchase in advance online (summer action 2nd ticket -50% from Mon to Fri, until the end of July). We look forward to welcoming you in Knokke-Heist at Ravelingen, our new exhibition space.

Helmut Newton, a photography trailblazer

The life story of Helmut Newton (1920 – 2004) spans five decades of pioneering photography in the 20th century. As a young man he learns the ropes from Yva, a renowned fashion photographer in Berlin. During the second world war he flees his home town. His peregrinations take him to Italy and Singapore before settling in Australia, where he founds a small photo studio.

When his talent is noticed by fashion magazines Vogue and Elle, he ends up in the Paris of the 60s and 70s. Early on in his career he finds creative designers and publishers who believe in his unique perspective. His pictures in popular fashion magazines not only focus on the couture but also impart intriguing associations. Through these magazines his talent and his art touch an audience of millions.

In the 80s glamorous Monte Carlo becomes his second base of operations. From there he travels the world for photo shoots with famous actors, models and brands such as Chanel, Thierry Mugler, YSL and Swarovski. Starting from the 90s – by then he was in his seventies – he becomes one of the first fashion photographers whose artistic talent is recognised by galleries, museums and publishers.

Rue Aubriot, Yves Saint Laurent, French Vogue, Paris, 1975.
Prada, Monte Carlo 1984

Legacy, the photo exhibition featuring Helmut Newton’s legacy

In 2020 Helmut Newton would have celebrated his 100th birthday. In commemoration of the centenary of his birth and thanks to the Helmut Newton Foundation, his biggest retrospective exhibition embarked on a journey around the world. After Berlin, Knokke-Heist is the second stop of the Legacy photo exhibition, the only one in the Benelux.

Experience over 300 iconic pictures from his impressive oeuvre. Because there’s a double layer in every shoot. Sometimes it is to be found in surrealism, sometimes in film, sometimes in his vision on female strength. He preferred to get out of the studio and work in public places to play with the boundary of the natural and the staged.

When Newton depicts femininity or glamour, he challenges you, he makes you think and catches you unawares. Not a single image is gratuitous: don’t be too quick to judge the nudes with 21st-century eyes. Women were his tutor, his sparring partner, his muse. Subtle details make you zoom out. Legacy documents time through the position and strength of women and the media.

The pictures of Helmut Newton are impossible to pigeonhole: between elegance and voyeurism, between conventions and taboo, between the trivial and the relevant. Newton pushes boundaries, crosses lines and turns back on himself. A must-see exhibition in the architectural decor of the renovated Ravelingen building in Knokke-Heist.

Exhibition Helmut Newton Foundation Berlin

"Visual language helps to tell important stories, to bring people together. With pictures, if you look closely, you can really understand and feel each other. No matter how young or old you are, no matter where you are from. Photography is communication, a language of the future, accessible to everyone." - Kaat Celis

EXPO/SURE, the photo exhibition experts


EXPO/SURE organises unique photo exhibitions for the general public in special locations. Because photography offers perspective to people and the society they inhabit.

Kaat Celis  is responsible for the creative management of EXPO/SURE. After completing her photography studies, she built over two decades of experience in productions that bring photography to the general public. Because that is her mission.


In the course of her career Kaat Celis has worked as a chief photo editor, organiser, jury member and curator at DPG Media (Het Laatste Nieuws, Goedele magazine, De Morgen), AntwerpPhoto Festival, World Press Photo, Bozar, Red Star Line Museum, MAS, Toneelhuis, C-Mine…


Together with Dimitri Heirbaut  she is the tripod under EXPO/SURE. He is the financial and business expert of the two, with a passion for contemporary photography. For this photo exhibition, Legacy by Helmut Newton , EXPO/SURE teamed up with the Helmut Newton Foundation  and the municipality of Knokke-Heist .


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Legacy , 10th of June - 25th of September 22, at Ravelingen, Koudekerkelaan 33 , Knokke-Heist

Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé, British Vogue, London, 1966.

Ticket prices:

  • Summer action 2nd ticket -50% Mon to Fri, until the end of July
  • Standard ticket: €14.95 online* – €16 at the box office
  • Tickets -26: €9.95 online* – €11 at the box office
  • Groups of 10 or more: €11.95 per person online* – €13 at the box office
  • Family tickets (2 adults + 2 children/youths): €48.95 online* – €50 at the box office

* + €0.89 reservation fee for the sum of all tickets ordered online



  • The train station of Knokke-Heist is right next to Ravelingen.
  • The nearest coastal bus stop is bus3.
  • The nearest coastal tram stop is Heist Dijk
  • Are you coming on foot? The Heist seawall is a 10 minute walk away.
  • Coming by bicycle from a neighbouring town? The following bicycle routes go past Ravelingen.
  • Major junctions and crossroads have signposts to the exhibition.
  • Ravelingen is easily accessible via various regional roads and there is free parking


Good to know

  • Want to book a guided tour for your group?
    A guide takes your group through Helmut Newton’s Legacy. From the fifties to the nineties, in about 90 minutes. A guided tour costs 90 euros for a group of up to 20 adults. Make your reservations here.
  • Bookshop and café: also accessible without a ticket
    Rummage through the photo books in the bookshop. Who knows, you might find a nice gift (for yourself). Prefer a drink or a snack for a little craving? Everyone is welcome in the temporary café with its sunny terrace.

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10 June - 25 September 22 Open every day from 10 am - 6 pm Tickets available until 5 pm.

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An EXPO/SURE organization in collaboration with Helmut Newton Foundation