A Huge Karl Lagerfeld Retrospective Just Opened

Unveiling two decades of his intimate photographs

Just one week after the news of Karl Lagerfeld’s passing, a Swiss Gallery is commemorating the late designer’s legacy with a photographic homage.


Although Lagerfeld was chiefly known for his role as Chanel’s creative director, he also helmed an equally extensive career in photography. The creative had a long-standing relationship with the Zurich-based Galerie Gmurzyncka since 1996.


Entitled Homage to Karl Lagerfeld, 40 Years of Photography, the gallery’s retrospective opened on February 21, and features more than 50 pieces of his work, spanning the last two decades. The sprawling exhibition includes Lagerfeld’s recent street photography, celebrity portraits (of  everyone from Linda Evangelista to Cara Delevingne), as well as a few pieces that were hand-tinted by the creative himself.


“Karl Lagerfeld [had] a renaissance personality, because he had an in-depth knowledge about everything cultural,” said CEO and co-owner of Galerie Gmurzynska, Mathias Rastorfer. “[He was] one of the best-read people I ever met, a connoisseur collector and creative genius through and through”.


Homage to Karl Lagerfeld, 40 Years of Photography, February 21- May 15, Galerie Gmurzyncka, Zurich


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