David LaChapelle Paris Retrospective Features 200+ Works

By: Rafael Srur Guarilha - Published: Feb 10, 2009 • References: guardian and hypequest
Once only reserved for housing French coins and medals, Hôtel de la Monnaie in Paris is hosting the the biggest and the most thorough David LaChapelle retrospective thus far, celebrating his 20-year career in fine fashion.

The famed photographer is exposing almost 200 works in the rooms of the 1st floor of the French hotel, a pre-revolutionary building next to the Seine. The collection will feature portraits of Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Koons, Elton John, Paris Hilton, and many other celebrities.

The art space will also show some recently created series for the first time. Attendees will see “Awakenings,” inspired by Genesis; “The Deluge,” inspired by the Sistine Chapel; and “Auguries of Innocence,” after the William Blake poem.

Check out this recent series in the gallery above, and get another up-close look at the collection in the video--although if you're at work, be warned that there is nudity.