By Brigitte Arndt
I recently spent one very rainy day in Bologna, in which one of my good friends (in vein of our mutual love for art) took me to see this David LaChapelle exhibition at the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Bologna.
“The sites depicted in David LaChapelle’s LAND SCAPE represent the globally networked industrial infrastructure of oil production and distribution. The gas stations and refineries that populate iconic locations are staged as architectural avatars of a planet coping with the stresses of peak-oil — even as the buildings’ dazzling spectacle and retro-future aesthetic distracts from the dangers of their function. Both bodies of work use handcrafted scale models, constructed of cardboard and a vast array of recycled materials from egg cartons to tea canisters, hair curlers, and other by-products of our petroleum-based, disposability-obsessed culture.” –Shana Nys Dambrot, LAND SCAPE
Very different to some of this previous work, this is a beautiful exposition, and definitely worth seeing if you find yourself in this beautiful city.
The Victoria and Albert Museum recently announced their Botticelli Reimagined exhibition (running from the 5th March to the 3rd July 2016). LaChappelle’s 2009 work called (see picture below) Rebirth of Venus will be a part of this exhibition. Recognised as one of the greatest artists of all time, Botticelli’s images continue to influence art. The original Birth of Venus by Botticelli, today hangs in the Uffizi Gallery here in Florence.