Discover two decades of dreamy photographic art by Karl Lagerfeld in a new show honoring the eminence of late fashion
As the fashion world continues to mourn the loss of legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, the contemporary art world is remembered both as a cultural icon and in his lesser-known capacity as an art photographer. The Zurich-based Gmurzynska gallery, which has exhibited Lagerfeld’s photographs since 1996, began organizing an impromptu retrospective of the artist’s work as soon as it learned of his death in Paris on Tuesday at the age of 85.
Today, the gallery opens a sprawling exhibition based on its 20-year relationship with Lagerfeld, showcasing a range of images that capture both the mundane and the extraordinarily chic. A statement announcing the show quotes Lagerfeld himself, who once said: “What I love about the photographs is that they capture a moment that is gone forever, impossible to replicate” – a feeling that looms large. found in the extravagant parades and editorial broadcasts he chaired. as Creative Director of Chanel for 35 years.
Most of the show’s photographs are black-and-white portraits of celebrities like Benicio del Toro and Ryan Gosling, but others, including hand-colored photos of Oskar Schlemmer costumes. Triadic ballet and the architecture around Paris-illustrate its broad cultural interests.
See more photographs exhibited at “Homage to Karl Lagerfeld: 30 Years of Photography” at Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich, until May 15, 2019.
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