– EN Fashion – An exhibition celebrating the photography of Karl Lagerfeld has opened in New York.
The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 on 19 February (19) from complications of pancreatic cancer.
While the fashion world continues to mourn Lagerfeld, executives at Galerie Gmurzynska have put together a retrospective of his photography work, titled Homage to Karl Lagerfeld: 30 Years of Photography.
“We had been talking with him about doing another show – we didn’t expect him to pass,” Isabelle Bscher, co-owner of Galerie Gmurzynska, told The Hollywood Reporter. “We decided to do a show encompassing 30 years of working together; not just his latest series, but also pieces we have shown in the past, from pictures he showed at Miami Art Basel in 2006, from Versailles and Paris – a lifetime’s work as a photographer.”
The exhibition includes a series of portraits of celebrities, including stars like Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, an image of a woman posing entitled ‘Homage to Oskar Schlemmer; costumes for the triadic ballet,’ as well as other archival pictures.
The owners of Galerie Gmurzynska, who also have locations in Zurich and Zug in Switzerland, first held an exhibition of Lagerfeld’s work back in 1996.
“Karl has continuously and fearlessly explored the avant-garde of photographic processes; combining his compositional eye with his keen interest in the lost histories of the medium. His deep knowledge of art history has always been clearly illustrated in fresh ways throughout his oeuvre, while creating his own unique processes that will continue their influence on photography and art in general,” they added in a statement.
Homage to Karl Lagerfeld: 30 Years of Photography will be on display at the New York gallery until the end of April.