Madonna and Steven Klein Talk Mysticism, Horses, and Hot Sex

One of Klein’s most fruitful collaborations was with the queen of iconography herself: Madonna. “It’s rare to meet another human who is tuned into your frequency,” she says vf their partnership. “That’s why our collaborations are often disturbing, but always epic.” Her first project, the 2003 exhibition X-STATIC Pro=CeSS, gave her modern dance background a bizarre twist; Since then, the pair have created editorials for magazines, advertising campaigns and a number of films, including for their world tours Re-Invention and Confessions. “Twenty years later we have managed to realize so many projects together,” says Klein. “We start with the core idea and then implement it on a large scale.”

One such project, a 43-image editorial series created early in their collaboration, began with what Madonna describes as “a shared passion for horses, mysticism, great art and hot sex.” To discuss 239 Madonna, Hollywood, California, 2006, As shown above, Klein describes the image of Madonna’s muscular back as a study not only of anatomy but of character: “We’re both very disciplined people, but there’s also freedom within the discipline.” In show jumping, he says, as with their shared artistic process, “there’s a lot of planning… and there’s a thrill as well. I think we both like things that give you an adrenaline rush – and go to dangerous places.” Madonna and Steven Klein Talk Mysticism, Horses, and Hot Sex

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