This exhibition, which opened 2022, reflects the various core themes of Nicola Erni's collection: fashion photography from the 1950s to now, paparazzi photographs from the 1960s and 1970s, and also paintings, objects and installations of contemporary art.
On the upper floor there is a separate exhibition section titled Dirty Martini: Photographs of the 1960s and 1970s with mainly black-and-white photographs. The approximately 200 testimonials of life illustrate the personalities and celebrities who shaped the culture of those two decades. These are portrait and paparazzi photographs of the legendary music, film, fashion and art scenes in North America and Europe.
Fashion photographs by Richard Avedon, Hiro, Tim Walker and Harley Weir are on display as well. The exhibition section with numerous large-format photographs by Mario Testino can still be discovered.
The artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Elmgreen & Dragset, Keith Haring, Tilly Joos, Pamela Rosenkranz and Julian Schnabel represent the second branch of the Nicola Erni Collection, namely the multifaceted contemporary art. A special exhibition highlight are the monumental paintings by Rashid Johnson titled Seven Anxious Paintings and the work Surrender Painting commissioned by the Nicola Erni Collection.