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MUDEC Museo delle Culture

I Believe in Miracles

Milan, Italy

April 22 - September 11, 2022

MUDEC presents: 


from 22 April to 11 September 2022

Curated by Denis Curti and Reiner Opoku

Over 90 works – including large formats, site-specific installations and new productions - directly from the artist’s studio, to present his vision of a new world and a potential new humanity

The large-scale solo exhibition “David LaChapelle. I Believe in Miracles”, at the MUDEC in Milan from 22 April 2022, produced by 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 ORE and promoted by the Comune di Milano-Cultura, is the result of a journey of artistic research lasting a lifetime and that presents a previously unseen and, to some extent, surprising David LaChapelle.


From his mentorship under Andy Warhol – in the New York of the ’1980s, world of popular culture - his multi-faceted artistic experience arrived in the galleries, to later culminate in a type of artistic photography that is one of a kind with an acute awareness of the time in which we live. Starting with his early works, the eyes of the public are opened for the first time ever at the Museum of Cultures to a previously unseen series of works that are part of the new and visionary phase of his output – the last, dated 2022– the result of the powerful legacy of his lengthy artistic and human experience.  


With an unprecedented project, curated by Reiner Opoku and Denis Curti, in partnership with LaChapelle studio, the Museum of Cultures hosts an exhibition itinerary that critical look at the human soul with an investigation into its various facets of joy, pain, solitude and passions, insecurities and ideals. Humankind and its relationship with itself, human beings in the surrounding environment and in society, humankind in Nature. A very personal vision that the Mudec has chosen to present by staging this retrospective of the artist, furthering anthropological reflection on the present.


The exhibition includes over 90 works – including large formats, site-specific photos, new productions and a video installation – which unfold in a flowing and captivating narrative, through the artist’s very personal vision of a ‘gestural’ kind of photography, that is a snapshot of the present while ‘alert’ for the future ahead. 

Quoting the words of the curators in the exhibition catalogue, “David LaChapelle has been on this journey towards a deeper and more spiritual dimension since the 1980s and, throughout his career, he has always known how to renew himself through languages and liturgies, while maintaining a recognizable style. A trademark that has to do with a dreamlike and surreal dimension.  (…) The exhibition route is deliberately non-linear, because the display refers to a continuous and coherent interweaving of interrelated themes. It is a continuous in and out of the contradictions of our existence: from the desired miracle to the darker mysteries of contemporaneity.”




| Elettra Occhini | | tel.02/30.22.3917


| Elena Conenna |



MUDEC Via Tortona 56, tel. 02/54917 (Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00)

DATES 22/04 - 11/09/2022

OPENING TIMES Mon 14.30 ‐19.30 | Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun 09.30 ‐ 19.30 | Thurs, Sat 9.30‐22.30 

TICKETS Standard € 15 | Concessions € 13

Ticket office closes one hour before the closure of the exhibition.

Exhibition Profile (work in progress):

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