Paris, Florence, Mexico

The largest retrospective to date of American photographer David LaChapelle opens at La Monnaie de Paris, and it seems cities across the world can't get enough of the artist whose work courts controversy. For the past 25 years LaChapelle has documented contemporary culture in his uniquely audacious and satirical style. The world of Hollywood stardom, sensationalism and vanity all come under the scrutiny of LaChapelle. The exhibition is divided into four principle sections: Deluge, Recollections in America, Star System and Heaven to Hell featuring more celebrated works, lesser known images, and a video of backstage footage of the making of his latest work, Deluge, inspired by a scene from the Sistine Chapel. LaChapelle's Auguries of Innocence (2008) also makes its European debut.

Meanwhile, in Florence, Galleria Poggiali e Forconi pays its own homage with a collection of 39 oeuvres and the aforementioned video and, in Mexico City, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso presents Delirious de Razon (Delirium of Reason), a collection of large format images from his book Heaven to Hell (2006), the ultimate title of a trilogy which began with the publication of LaChapelle Land (1996) and Hotel LaChapelle (1999).

February 6 through May 31, 2009
La Monnaie de Paris
11, quai de Conti
75270 Paris
T. +33 (0)1 40 46 58 58
www.monnaiedeparis.com

February 28 through May 6, 2009
Galleria Poggiali e Forconi
Via della Scala, 35/a
Via Benedetta, 3r, Florence
T. +39 055 287748
www.poggialieforconi.it

January 28 through June 14, 2009
Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso
Justo Sierra 16
Centro Histórico, Mexico
T. +55 5702 4507
www.sanildefonso.org.mx