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David LaChapelle Lifetime Achievement Award

David LaChapelle is the recipient of this year's “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Lifetime Achievement Award at the XIV Florence Biennale, alongside Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava who received the "Leonardo da Vinci" Lifetime Achievement Award for Design.

Past recipients of the Florence Biennale Lifetime Achievement Award include David Hockney, Franco Zeffirelli, and Anish Kapoor.


Last month, we visited the inauguration of David's recent commission by Brescia Museum Foundation at the Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo in Brescia, Italy The large-format photograph Gated Community (2022) is inspired by works from painted Giacomo Ceruti's "Padernello cycle," and it hangs in the gallery that is home to Ceruti's works.

Brescia Mayor Laura Castelletti, along with Museum President Francesca Bazoli and Director Stefano Karadjov gave David and journalists a tour of the museum. The Pinacoteca, with an interior design by Anish Kapoor features features thirteenth through eighteenth century paintings with works by Raphael, Lorenzo Lotto and Vincenzo Foppa.

Brescia Mayor and Museum Directors unveil LaChapelle's new work.

David participated in a conversation with curator Denis Curti at the Auditorium of Santa Giulia.

The conversation was recorded and can be viewed at this link.


Stations of the Cross (2023), the new project from David premiered in Rome at Deodato Arte Gallery on October 27 after a brief preview at the XIV Florence Biennale.

The series includes fifteen scenes of the Via Crucis arranged along a path that symbolizes Christ's journey towards the Crucifixion.

The Italian musical artist Tedua, who collaborated with David on his recent album and tour visuals portrays Christ in the series.





As a preview of what is to come, we are excited to announce that we have special projects planned in Miami, Connecticut, as well as Europe, but our recent travels in Italy gave us the opportunity to reflect on the theme of this year's Florence Biennale... In David's words: The theme "I AM YOU" generates great empathy, which is so important for us who live in a seemingly ever-dimming world, but where we have the opportunity to become artists and create so much light and beauty. We have the possibility to touch and even inspire people." Thank you to all of our friends, family, collaborators, presenters, gallerists, curators, publishers and fellow-artists. On behalf of David and our studio staff, we wish you a safe and peaceful holiday season. We look forward to sharing the love of art with you in the coming season. Johnny Byrne



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