Florence Biennale XIV
V.le Filippo Strozzi, 1
50129 Firenze FI, Italy
October 14 - 22, 2023
On October 17th, 2023 David LaChapelle will be awarded the 'Lorenzo il Magnifico' Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fourteenth annual Florence Biennale.
From the official festival office:
“The prize would be our tribute to one of the most talented and influential photographers of our times, and a recognition of your unique style and your outstanding artistic production, based on imagination, experimentation, and creativity, which conveys profound social messages. Through your visionary, original, and courageous perspective, you inspired many other artists and the global audience.”
Past recipients of this award include Marina Abramović, David Hockney, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Franco Zeffirelli, Oliviero Toscani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Vivienne Westwood.
On the occasion of the XIV Florence Biennale, themed I Am You - Individual and Collective Identities in Contemporary Art and Design, as Guest of Honour, LaChapelle will exhibit a series of works created between 2009 and 2023, including the work Gated Community previewed at the solo exhibition ‘David LaChapelle for Giacomo Ceruti. Nomad in a Beautiful Land' currently on display at the Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo in Brescia. Moreover, during his award ceremony at the XIV Florence Biennale, scheduled for 17 October and open to the public, the artist will give a speech that already has great expectations.