Palazzo delle Esposizioni – Rome, Italy
Through September 13, 2015
Curated by Gianni Mercurio
David LaChapelle, the great American artist and photographer, comes back after more than 15 years to Palazzo delle Esposizioni with one of the most important and exhaustive retrospectives of his work. With nearly 100 photographs on view, many large-scale works, some are presented for first time in a museum.
Rome has been significant in the artistic life of David LaChapelle. In 2006, during a journey in Italy, the artist had a private visit to the Sistine Chapel. Influenced by the unsettling beauty and power art he saw in Rome, his artistic production changed direction. Before this visit, LaChapelle was focused on photography published in fashion magazines and books, without critical texts, with the goal of reaching the widest audience while pushing the aesthetic limits.
The exhibition is focused on the works made by the artist begining in 2006, when he produces the monumental series titled “The Deluge,” modeled after Michelangelo’s impressive fresco in the Sistine Chapel. This series prompted a meaningful turning point in the artistic path of David LaChapelle. After “The Deluge”, the American photographer began to produce conceptual artwork with new aesthetics. The most evident sign of this change was the vanishing of the human presence in the serial works.
The exhibition also includes a selection of some of the most renowned photos from 1995-2005 that made LaChapelle famous: a body of work that gathers celebrity portraits, scenes based on religious themes with surrealistic touches, references to masterpieces of art history and cinema — an artistic production defined by the chromatic saturation and movement, with which the American photographer reached his particular style and influenced many artists of the following generations.
David LaChapelle is today one of the most famous photographers in the world. Born in Fairfield, CT in 1963, he embraced a post-pop style, in some way surrealist, which makes him unique. His artworks are exhibited in the most important public and private international collections and in many museums, among those: Musée D’Orsay, Paris; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles; The National Portrait Gallery, London; Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm e The National Portrait Gallery a Washington DC.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194, Rome, Italy
Exhibitions opening hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Last admission one hour before the closing time
First Wednesday of the month
Thanks to Lottomatica free entry for under 30 on the first Wednesday of the month from 2-7:00pm.
The entrance is free for individual visitors only (not available for groups).