But first, a few historical treasures are to be buried at the building site.1920: born in Berlin as Helmut Neustädter; resides in Berlin-Schöneberg.
The Museum of Photography (Museum für Fotografie) has been a magnet for photography enthusiasts from all over the world since its opening in 2004.
The Helmut Newton Foundation occupies the two lower floors in the building and has for many years presented its hugely successful permanent exhibition 'Helmut Newton’s Private Property', as well as individual exhibitions on Helmut Newton’s work, his wife Alice Springs, and his contemporaries, including: 'Helmut Newton: Sex and Landscapes', 'Newton, Nachtwey, Lachapelle: Men, War & Peace', 'Pigozzi and the Paparazzi', and 'Helmut Newton Polaroids'.
1996: commendation to “Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” by the French ministry of culture.
2000: large retrospective for his 80th birthday in the New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie) in Berlin that travels to London, New York, Tokyo, Moscow and Prague, among others.
2003: formal agreement on the establishment of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz). The Helmut Newton Foundation is opened shortly following his death.