On Tuesday March 5, 2019, Chanel Iman and her husband Sterling Shepard, Gay Talese and Audrey Gruss, joined Galerie Gmurzynska Co-Owner Isabelle Bscher and gallery Director Martin Friedrichs in honoring Karl Lagerfeld at the opening of an oeuvre-spanning exhibition of his fine-art photography.
The show, on view from March 6 through April 27, 2019, is the gallery’s second exhibition following its inaugural showing of work by Wifredo Lam. In the comprehensive exhibition of more than 40 works, the full range of Lagerfeld’s output is on display, from his celebrity portraits—whether a close-up of Nicole Kidman or Arnold Schwarzenegger atop a motorcycle—to his photography depicting his beloved adopted city of Paris, and his romantic depictions of floating flowers.
In addition to the New York City show, an exhibition of Lagerfeld’s work has also been mounted at the gallery’s Zurich space, through May 2019. The gallery’s first solo exhibition of Lagerfeld’s fine-art photography was in 1996.
More than 150 friends, collectors, and art-world luminaries gathered for a private reception at the gallery’s New York City location, 39 East 78th Street, to fete Lagerfeld and his artistic output. Guests included: Beth Rudin DeWoody, Glenn Fuhrmann, Israel Englander, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Omar Hernandez, pianist Micah McLaurin, artist Susan J. Barron, Jeremy Fragrance, James Ginty, Rose Hartman, Caroline Johnson, artist Bentley Meeker, Randi Schatz, Whitney Schott, designer Helen Yarmak, Janna Bullock, and Zoe Bullock.
Galerie Gmurzynska is an international art gallery with locations in Zurich, Zug, Switzerland, and New York City that specializes in modern and contemporary art as well as Russian avant-garde. Isabelle Bscher, is the third-generation owner and director.
Galerie Gmurzynska presents unique exhibitions that are both historically well researched and scientifically documented. It works with leading art historians as well as collaborating with museums on exhibitions and for the enlargement of their permanent collections. Additionally, it participates in multiple art fairs including Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Hong Kong, Frieze Masters in London, Salon in New York and Art Basel, Switzerland, FIAC, Abu Dhabi, Frieze Masters, Tefaf and Expo Chicago, where it isregularly identified as a must-see booth.
Known for its museum quality and uniquely curated exhibitions, Galerie Gmurzynska has hosted over 150 shows in its various premises and published over 100 art historical catalogues and catalogue raisonné in close collaboration with experts worldwide. Moreover, the gallery has represented the estates of some of the world’s greatest artists such as Yves Klein, Louise Nevelson, Wifredo Lam and David Smith, in some cases for several generations, and contemporary artists Robert Indiana, Christo, Fernando Botero, and Ronnie Cutrone.