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Groninger Museum acquires David LaChapelle’s Seismic Shift

Friday 20 April 2018

The Groninger Museum has acquired Seismic Shift, an important work by David LaChapelle, with support from the Vereniging Rembrandt and its Titus Fonds and Mr Rickert J-F. Blokhuis Fund. A splendid example of LaChapelle’s complex staged photography, the work links to the museum’s collection in numerous ways.

Seismic Shift takes a compelling look at the current state of the art world and art market, referencing themes such as transience, decay and consumerism. The photograph depicts a partially destroyed contemporary art museum housing badly damaged iconic works by artists including Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami. These artists represent the eye-watering prices seen in today’s art market, which correspond to global demand among superrich buyers for whom art is a brand. Seismic Shift raises critical questions about the limited lifespan of a work of art. It is regarded as one of the highlights of LaChapelle’s oeuvre.

The Groninger Museum is proud of the purchase. Staged photography is a focus of its collection. Seismic Shift comprises part of the survey exhibition LaChapelle: Good News for Modern Man.

Note to the editor
For more information and images, please contact the Groninger Museum’s Communication, PR and Marketing department:
Willemien Bouwers + 31 (0)50 366 6510
Karina Smrkovsky + 31 (0)50 366 6512

Image credit: Purchased thanks to the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt and its Titus Fonds and Mr Rickert J-F. Blokhuis Fund.