Galerie Gmurzynska to Mount Karl Lagerfeld Photography Survey in Zurich

Karl Lagerfeld, Lüstern aber schüchtern, 1997.


Following the news of Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld’s death on Tuesday, Galerie Gmurzynska has announced a surprise homage to one of the designer’s lesser-known creative means: his photography.

Gmurzynska has exhibited photos by Lagerfeld since 1996, and on February 21, the gallery will mount what it is billing as a “retrospective” of two decades of his photographic work at its Zurich location. The show will be titled “Homage to Karl Lagerfeld, 30 Years of Photography.”

Mathias Rastorfer, CEO and co-owner of Galerie Gmurzynska, told ARTnews in an email that Lagerfeld had a “Renaissance personality, because he had an in-depth knowledge about everything cultural,” and that he was “one of the best-read persons I ever met, a connoisseur collector and creative genius through and through.”

Lagerfeld shot street photography and took portraits of celebrities, and sometimes hand-colored his photos. Gmurzynska’s show aims to present the full range of his output, and will be coupled with a gallery publication on his photography career.

“Since our first exhibition in 1996, to our last today,” Rastorfer continued, “Karl has continuously and fearlessly explored the avant-garde of photography, creating his own unique processes that will continue their influence on photography and art in general.”

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