Some stars just show up on the set. Not Madonna, who spent months e-mailing Steven Klein in planning a shoot for W, WWD’s sister publication. Their strange and wonderful collaboration, depicting Madonna alternately contorted and done up as a New Age empress in her baroque best, led to a 44-page portfolio in the April issue. “I found Madonna to be everything people think she’s not,” said Klein, who has other projects with Madonna in the works. “She’s very intuitive about her work.”

Still, Madonna is always controversial, and the disquieting images she and Klein created stirred up plenty. “The provocation comes from my pictures and who she is naturally, without any effort,” said Klein.

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And the duo’s collaboration goes on. Tonight “X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS” opens at Deitch Projects on Wooster Street and includes three video works and two photographic animations that grew from the one-day shoot to be shown inside organic architectural structures created by New York architectural firm LOT/EK.

Although Madonna played Fellini music while on set, remixed sounds from her new album, which comes out April 22, will accompany the exhibit.

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