David LaChapelle's most celebrated works on display at the Reggia di Venaria

From June 14, 2019 to January 6, 2020, the Reggia di Venaria will trace the artistic career of David LaChapelle through seventy of his most significant works

At the Citroniera of the Scuderie Juvarriane at the Reggia di Venaria will be staged from June 14, 2019 to January 6, 2020 Divine Acts, David LaChapelle ’s major exhibition that will invite visitors to retrace the American photographer’s most significant works.

Seventy large- and ultra-large-format images will bear witness to his revolutionary artistic journey: in his works, humanity is placed within and against nature, until it reaches a colorful paradise.

Among his most significant masterpieces are Rape of Africa (2009), in which Naomi Campbell becomes a Botticelli’s Venus in the gold mines of Africa, and Showtime at the Apocalypse (2013), a portrait of the Kardashian family that depicts not only the family itself, but our fears, obsessions and desires reflected in it.
Plus the vibrant and electrifying Land SCAPE (2013) and Gas (2013) series, still life projects in which LaChapelle brings together found objects to create oil refineries and their interconnected gas stations, then presents them as relics in a land reclaimed by nature.
Instead, the focus of the exhibition is Deluge (2007), in which the artist makes Michelangelo’s fresco of the Sistine Chapel contemporary. This is followed by Awakened (2007) and Seismic Shift (2012), which reveal divinity-related scenes in the modern world.

Also presented for the first time on this occasion will be some previously unseen works from the new series New World (2017-2019): here the artist’s awe of the sublime and search for spirituality is depicted in scenes of tropical utopia.

The exhibition Divine Acts is curated by Denis Curti and Reiner Opoku.

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Image: Rape of Africa, 2019 © David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle's most celebrated works on display at the Reggia di Venaria
David LaChapelle's most celebrated works on display at the Reggia di Venaria

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