David LaChapelle in Rome

David LaChapelle One of the world’s most controversial and startling photographers is back in Rome for the first time in over 15 years: David LaChapelle. His greatest works can be seen in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni until September 13th.

David LaChapelle is one the most appreciated and influential photographers in the world. He is famous for his provocative and shocking images, which may be controversial, but always inspire some emotion. You cannot walk away from one of his photos without developing an opinion or attitude.
Rome played a huge role in LaChapelle’s creative development. His private visit of the Sistine Chapel in 2006 inspired the photographer to create his series called ” The Deluge,” which led to a meaningful turning point in his artistic path. After “The Deluge”, the American photographer began to produce artwork with new aesthetical and conceptual features.

His early work is filled with religious themes (Jesus in male model form), abundant nudity, artistic icons, and pop culture references that range from Louis Vuitton handbags to Jeff Koons’ sculptures. LaChapelle also uses major celebrities in his pieces: the Kardashian family members, Courtney Love, Michael Jackson, Naomi Campbell, etc.

To allow the public to understand the “origins” of LaChapelle’s work before “The Deluge,” the exhibition also provides a selection of the photos that first brought him publicity. One of the sections of the exhibition which I found most interesting is the projection space, where you can watch short “behind the scene” videos and understand how photo production works.

LaChapelle’s work is 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 and The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. Right now LaChapelle’s photos can be seen in Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Bayerische Staatsoper Portrait Gallery in Munich, and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.
The exhibition is open until September 13th; don’t miss the chance to see the greatest works of David LaChapelle in real life!

Visit many other exhibitions while studying in John Cabot University!

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Anastasiia
Anastasiia Komarova

Communications Major

Class of 2018

Hometown: Moscow, Russia

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