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David LaChapelle: Lost and Found
The career of David LaChapelle has gone from black and white portrait photography, through costly fashion campaigns, world celebrity portraits, up to the art photography. Direct references to artwork of Michelangelo or Botticeli, marked by characteristic patina of fashion photography, have inspired the critics of David to give him nicknames such as „Fellini of photography“or „Andy Warhol of our era. “
The directress of J&T BANK: “The art collection within “LOST AND FOUND” exhibition is the first of its kind, which you can see in Eastern Europe from David LaChapelle. In our bank we don´t just take care of our clients´ assets, we also enhance their value, and at the same time, we offer many possibilities to enjoy them. Art investments of all kinds are becoming ever more attractive form of assessing. To us the newest exposition of David LaChapelle represents the connection of unique opportunity with unusual experience. We believe this exhibition will deliver a positive experience and enrich the personal art world of all visitors.”
„The exhibition of David LaChapelle is a pilot project of Pavleye Art and Culture agency within Slovakia. The work portfolio of this renowned photographer which balances among art, advertising aesthetics, commercial photography, fashion and audio-visual work, perfectly represents the philosophy and direction of our agency. Our aim is to bring world famous artists to the central-European audience,” said Jozef Pavleye, the director of Pavleye Art and Culture.
The curator of Bratislava exhibition, Marián Pauer, made apposite remarks regarding outstanding photographer: „ David LaChapelle is irreplaceable artist on the contemporary photographic scene. His shots have immutable writing; they express unrepeatable seeing, limitless fantasy and imaginativeness of the author, who, from the first contact, takes the spectator for an adventurous ride between heaven and hell. “
The partners of this unique exhibition are Best Hotel Properties on behalf of Kempinski Hotel Bratislava and Generali Slovakia. The co-organizer of the exhibition is The City Gallery of Bratislava.
48-year-old David LaChapelle belongs to group of living world elite artists. In the 80s, his portrait artwork was marked by his conviction of being HIV positive, and that´s why all of the pieces of this decade are black and white. When his HIV tests turned out negative, he decided to visually compensate for the previous period and from that time on, LaChapelle´ s signature have been surrealistic set pieces and rich saturated photography. Their main characters have been world known celebrities willing to accept his game. LaChapelle gradually enriched the portrait snapshots, published in The Interview (founded by Andy Warhol), by costly fashion and commercial campaigns for clients such as Armani Jeans, Maybach, Burger King, Nokia and many more. Simultaneously with photographic work, David had focused on pop stars ´music videos direction. The turn of millennia has brought him back to art.
Entry fee: 4 euro
Children up to 15 yrs of age : 3 euro
12. - 15. November, 2011: open from 11 a.m. to 20 p.m. (also on Monday, 13th November